All cyclist to wear a helmet use lights and wear reflective clothing

All cyclist to wear a helmet use lights and wear reflective clothing

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Julie Shaw started this petition to Government and

Hello to all reading this. I have been driving 5 years now and consider myself an experienced and confident driver. Over this time I have encountered as many careless Cyclists on the roads. Last week I accidentally hit a cyclist that was coming round the roundabout, there was a 4x4 type vehicle at the side of me, I edged forward and as I did we collided. The moments that passed felt like everything had happened in slow motion, as the cyclist fell onto my bonnet. The following moments were fuelled by adrenaline and confusion, as I tried to make sense of what had just happened. I recall applying my brakes and reaching forward to catch the cyclist albeit through the windscreen, A natural instinctive response to save his fall I guess. I was driving along slowly at around 5mph in a 40mph area. This cyclist, a gentlemen suffered a cut to his eye brow, of which needed a few stitches and a broken finger. After taking him to A&E and spending his stay with him, I later drove him to his home. Knowing it was the very least I could have done.

This brings me to my point I am asking that all Cyclist are made to wear a protective helmet reflective clothing and ensure there lights are in full working order. Using the same principle as motorists ‘no insurance no car’ ‘no helmet no bike’ Luckily, I was only coasting along and I dread to think what injuries could have been caused if I was driving faster, even at the speed limit. I see cyclist all the time hands free coming from the path without looking to check the path is clear, a cyclist has no legal obligation to ride a bike yet they use the roads as do motorists. Maybe this has to be debated and even legislated for. Please help me keep our cyclist safe.

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