The partner of a hospital finance worker crushed to death by a lorry attacked politicians today who “seek the green vote” by promoting cycling but do not warn about the dangers.
Mother-of-two Nga Diep, 33, had taken up cycling only a month before she was killed on her way to work at Guy’s and St Thomas’ in March 2008. She was trapped between a lorry and railings as it turned left, then dragged beneath the wheels of the truck.
In other words, in one of the most well-publicised dangerous vehicle/cyclist traffic manoeuvres there is?
No doubt it was all the fault of the driver, though?
The driver, Leon Weaver of Lewisham-based Economic Skips, was cleared of careless driving.
Ah. I guess not.
It takes two to tango, as they say. And when you are on a flimsy contraption that can be picked up by one hand, and your multiple partners are in multi-tonne vehicles, it can be a perilous dance altogether. And you don’t have the weight advantage, so you must needs take the necessary steps to protect yourself…
Today, after a judge awarded her family £385,000 compensation, Dan Nguyen, 40, an IT worker from Brockley, said: “You see lots of posters saying how it’s good to cycle, but there’s nowhere near as many warning of the hazards and reminding people to take care. London is a living, breathing city, not a cycle park.
“Successive policy makers and mayors have said people should cycle more but they seem to do very little to educate road users on the risks.”
What more should they do? Is this information hidden?
It can’t be, because, look! About 6 million results! The top ones being government bodies and cycling organisations.
So, how could you plead ignorance? And yet….you always do.
Just like the fact that as soon as you see a report on an inquest of a child killed by blind cords you know, you just know, that the parents are going to be demanding action and wailing that they were unaware of the dangers despite the numerous cases of this that have all been in the newspapers and the warnings on the packaging.