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Cyclist collides with car at Ainslie

By Canfan - 22 October 2014 10

A young cyclist has been injured this morning in n accident involving a car at Ainslie.

The ACT Ambulance Service and ACT fire & Rescue were alerted to the incident on Lister Crescent just before 9 o’clock.

The nine year old boy has been stablised on scene by intensive care paramedics with suspected head and leg injuries.

He will now be transported to the Canberra Hospital in a stable condition.

(ESA Media Release)

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Cyclist collides with car at Ainslie
Postalgeek 2:06 pm 23 Oct 14

carnardly said :

just like this incident that happened a few weeks back.

The driver reported they copped abuse from other residents in the caravan park but the camera shows what really happened.

I got something different from the linked article:

“I did actually (get blamed). Not by the people there but by outsiders who saw my video,” she said.

A lot of adults have abysmal situational awareness so you have to expect kids to have an even more stunted version.

Parents need to drive awareness into kids, and drivers need to drive conservatively in suburbs and try to anticipate sudden events, which should be a basic aspect of driver training anyway. If only one party does their job, it will help reduce tragedies.

Antagonist 1:00 pm 23 Oct 14

carnardly said :

just like this incident that happened a few weeks back.

The driver reported they copped abuse from other residents in the caravan park but the camera shows what really happened.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/dashcam-video-young-girl-cyclist-in-headon-holiday-park-crash-with-car-but-gets-up-and-walks-away/story-fni0cx12-1227083536372

I know it is not politically correct, but l had a good belly laugh at that one 🙂

Ghettosmurf87 said :

… Whether the child was riding on the footpath or the road, …

Footpaths? You have them on your street? Lucky for some I guess!

carnardly 9:54 am 23 Oct 14

just like this incident that happened a few weeks back.

The driver reported they copped abuse from other residents in the caravan park but the camera shows what really happened.

http://www.dailytelegraph.com.au/news/nsw/dashcam-video-young-girl-cyclist-in-headon-holiday-park-crash-with-car-but-gets-up-and-walks-away/story-fni0cx12-1227083536372

cherryblossom 9:04 pm 22 Oct 14

My boyfriend witnessed this crash today. He said it was actually a case of the young boy on the bicycle riding off the footpath onto the road without looking, right into the car. From what he described, there was nothing the poor driver could do, who was naturally very shocked by the event, as were the other kids riding along. It sounded like he came off without serious injury, so hopefully both the boy and the driver recover well.

It is a good reminder though for kids to be reminded of road safety. Sometimes they zip around having fun and forget the dangers, and this type of incident can sometimes happen. Best wishes to everyone involved, I dread this ever happening to me.

Pork Hunt 6:35 pm 22 Oct 14

HenryBG said :

I read this with my heart in my mouth, and I do hope we get some follow-up good news.

I was twice knocked off my bicycle as a child.
It would be interesting if they had reported more details on the guilty driver to see if it matches the demographic pattern established by my experience.

After perusing the microscopic amount of information provided within the article, I cannot understand how you have already decided on the guilt or innocence of the parties involved.

HenryBG 4:46 pm 22 Oct 14

I read this with my heart in my mouth, and I do hope we get some follow-up good news.

I was twice knocked off my bicycle as a child.
It would be interesting if they had reported more details on the guilty driver to see if it matches the demographic pattern established by my experience.

Ghettosmurf87 12:55 pm 22 Oct 14

My friend lives on Lister Crescent. It’s a tiny little road, very narrow and certainly no cycle lane. There are large trees all along the street and next to the kerb. Whether the child was riding on the footpath or the road, it would have been pretty easy for a car to pull out of their driveway without the vision of the child coming and for the child not to see the car until it was right in front of them, leading to a collision.

I don’t know if that was what happened, but it seems a very real possibility in my head.

In which case, I don’t think this is particulalry relevant to any car/bike road sharing issues people have.

darkmilk 12:22 pm 22 Oct 14

Holden Caulfield said :

And yet a young child is free to share the road with motorbikes, cars and trucks without any formal training or demonstrated understanding of the road rules.

I stress again, I’m not attempting to lay blame on either the child or the motorist in this incident, rather highlighting the inherent risk of cycling on the road.

Respect for the boy, let’s not turn this into a typical thread and leave the usual arguments out. But there are some local issues about transport in Ainslie which should be mentioned.

Anyone in Ainslie who wants to leave their house must be ‘free to share the road’ as there’s no other option. No off-road paths, so the only way to get around is somewhere on the road reserves, i.e. road or footpath. There are virtually no cycle lanes on the road – in fact the opposite, the concrete islands are deliberate squeeze points. Footpaths in Ainslie aren’t safe for riding on; they are almost all right next to or covered by overgrown hedges so that people reversing out cannot see the footpath even though theoretically they have to give way. (And how many of the ‘formally trained’ drivers even know or ‘demonstrate’ that?)

There aren’t any freeways in Ainslie and main connector roads only on the edges so the rest really should be a 30 km/h shared zone to give people have time to react to the inevitable kids in the wrong place.

carnardly 11:52 am 22 Oct 14

What about a title that says cyclist and car collide. The way the title reads it sounds as though the cyclist ran into the car. While he may have – hell we all know little kids do things often without thinking and he may have shot out across a road – but it also could’ve been the fault of the motorist too.

Holden Caulfield 10:25 am 22 Oct 14

Best wishes to the boy involved.

Whatever the cause, wherever the fault lies, it’s largely irrelevant when the health of young child is at hand. However, it does highlight one of the great anomalies and inconsistencies in the modern world…

After having a new timber floor installed I asked an electrician to remove his boots before he came inside to install a light fitting.

“I can’t, because OHS rules say I’m not allowed to climb a ladder without wearing suitable footwear,” came his reply.

And yet a young child is free to share the road with motorbikes, cars and trucks without any formal training or demonstrated understanding of the road rules.

I stress again, I’m not attempting to lay blame on either the child or the motorist in this incident, rather highlighting the inherent risk of cycling on the road.

I’m all for cycling and being healthy, sadly, I just think we need to be better prepared and educated about the risks involved with regards to sharing the roads.

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