The perils of commuting report I started a new job recently and have a longish commute across London. I have been enjoying the fifty-minutes each way on the bike. I’m also fitter than I’ve been in a long time. So far so good except that one night a little over a week ago I left the office later than usual and on my way home a taxi turned across the cycle lane without looking and I went smack into the side of it. He stopped and was very apologetic. At the time I felt a bit bruised but otherwise ok and I just wanted to get home. I climbed back on the bike and started to pedal the 10 miles I still had to get home. I could tell I wasn’t cycling as strongly as I would normally and gradually began to feel the painful bits. I feared I might have broken my left shoulder. Thankfully the bike was relatively unscathed. I got home, showered and slept and when I woke I knew I needed to visit A&E about my shoulder. X-rays showed it wasn’t broken, just partially dislocated and very bruised. So I’ve had to suffer the train and tube to and from work ever since. zero in This was my third collision in London and my first in about eight years. What have I learned from this experience? I’ve bought another light for the front of my bike/helmet to try to be more visible. I will take more care on the cycle lanes especially when there aren’t many other cyclists around to alert the cars to the possibility of my being there. Better to er on the side of caution than to risk another collision. I didn’t take the taxi driver’s details and I should have done as my shoulder might not be right for a long time. It’s easy not to feel the pain when it happens due to the adreneline in our system and to want to carry on but it is important to take their details and those of any witnesses. I also want to say a thing or two about the segregated cycle lanes in London. I really do appreciate the efforts to create a safer place for cyclists but these aren’t working yet. In the busy areas pedestrians often fail to look both ways before crossing and I’ve had numerous very close shaves. In one case the pedestrian was looking at his phone and didn’t look at all before stepping off the pavement into the cycle lane at the very moment I went past. While pedestrians do sometimes step into the road without realising there’s a bicycle bearing down on them they do so much less often, presumably because they know they need to check for cars. I’m beginning to think the unsegregated cycle lanes might be safer for this reason…..

еxpand I’ve got a check up on my shoulder on Tuesday and hopefully I’ll get the all clear to start riding again.

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2 thoughts on “The perils of commuting”

    1. single frauen aichach Thanks JD. I think London is one of the safer cities in which to cycle in the UK. This is more down to the sheer number of cyclists on the roads increasing the driver awareness than anything else. Accidents do happen though and, as in this case, the drivers (and pedestrians) often don’t see cyclists as they aren’t looking for them.

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