September 22nd, 2014
An accident involving two experienced cyclists, who collided with each other, has left a 74 year old man in hospital with a life threatening head injury.
The accident happened on a bend in the path where a bollard separates the pedestrian lane from the cycle lane.
It is believed that both riders collided at this point and were thrown from their bikes. Neither cyclist was wearing a helmet however the younger 36 year old cyclist sustained only minor injuries whilst the 74 year old was airlifted to hospital.
The accident has sparked a debate over the design of cycle paths and whether the councils are making them too narrow for two way traffic.
One cyclist said: “Those cycle paths are too narrow for both directions.
“I cycle on that route myself a lot and have almost been collided into and people walk on them, too. I hope that poor guy is okay as this could have been avoided. Yes, it’s easy to give comments and say what’s what but let’s look at the issue – those lanes need revising.”
Another said: “Regular users of this section of the seafront cycle path will know that the narrow width of the path with its tight bends as at Brooklands and elsewhere, coupled with the shingle that is blown onto it, has long made it an accident waiting to happen.
Chairman of Worthing Cycle Forum, said: “The bike path is approximately 1.45m wide, well short of the Department for Transport’s recommended minimum of 2.5m for two-way cycle tracks. There are issues with encroaching shingle and vegetation, narrowing the path still further.
“If we get the path up to DfT standards we will create a better experience and help reduce A259 congestion.”