- Sep 15, 2004
Yes a good few years ago I was walking back from town in some distance in front, was my elderly neighbour. She was deaf and also physically impaired. A cyclist went past me at a rate of knots and then past my neighbour who was pulling her shopping trolley. Startled she let go of her trolley stumbled and fell. Fortunately there was a park bench nearby and I managed to get her up and sat down. Her shopping was strewn all over the pavement. Cyclist nowhere to be seen.Bear in mind that the pedestrian may be stone deaf and unable to hear either the cough, the words, or the bell. My mother has been more than just startled on occasion by a cyclist zipping past within touching distance because he or she assumes that ringing the bell gives them the right to speed on.
Not aimed at you. I have no reason to doubt that you are considerate at all times. Just a general warning for cyclists, especially when passing old people who are more likely not to hear them.
I got her home, called the doctor out to her and went back to the shops to replace the broken items (eggs etc). She recovered physically over the next few day, mentally though the damage was done, she never left the house again! A fiercely independent person had her confidence wiped away.
The women charged and found guilty in this case was culpable and sentence rightly given imo. However these "shared" places are often places that were designed for people walking not riding a bike. Bikes to pedestrians are the same as Cars to Bikes.