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Cyclist escapes serious injuries in bus collision in city centre

By This is Devon  |  Posted: June 10, 2010

Cyclist escapes serious injuries in bus collision

Photo by Echo reader Stuart Coleby

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POLICE closed a road in the city centre when a bus was badly damaged following a collision with a cyclist.

The male cyclist was taken to hospital by ambulance following the collision outside The British Heart Foundation charity shop in Sidwell Street yesterday afternoon.

Police temporarily closed the road and set up traffic diversions in both directions while they investigated the collision.

A fire engine was also called to the scene and blocked the road while paramedics attended to the cyclist.

The bike came to rest under the wheels of the single decker Stagecoach bus — but the male cyclist involved in the collision is believed to have escaped any serious injury.

The age and further details of the cyclist were not released by police last night.

The bus suffered a smashed window in the incident and damage to the front of the vehicle, as these pictures taken by Echo reader Stuart Coleby, 33, reveal.

One eyewitness who saw the aftermath of the collision said he thought the boy was lucky to have escaped injury.

He said: "As I was walking home towards the city centre I saw the bus with a really badly smashed front window.

"I saw the police and a fire engine, which left shortly afterwards.

"And I also saw at least one ambulance at the scene.

"I could see the bike underneath the bus but not the man. I didn't want to look.

"But I think he may have been in the ambulance when I walked by.

"I noticed that there was a diversion in the road."

A police spokesperson added: "A short traffic diversion was created in both directions.

"We understand the male was taken to accident and emergency at the Royal Devon & Exeter Hospital for a check-up for non-serious injuries."

No one at Stagecoach was available for comment.

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    mike e, exeter  |  June 15 2010, 12:40PM

    Ban cars from everywhere!, how would severely disabled people travel?. How would you get people to hospital?, on a rickshaw?, how would you get a coffin to the crematorium ? On your cross bar?. NICE ONE CYRIL Ban bicycles now the are a silent menace WHO'S USERS HAVE LITTLE REGARD FOR RED LIGHTS OR THE OWN SAFETY

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    Dave Marsdin, exeter  |  June 12 2010, 7:42PM

    As a side note, i have a micro video camera which is either in my helmet or on the bike, so any idiot drivers who want to cut me up bear in mind it will be caught on camera :D

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    dave marsdin, exeter  |  June 12 2010, 7:25PM

    Glad he was ok. Seen a lot of criticism of both cyclists and bus drivers.. My take on things. Ive never had a problem with the buses, driving, courtesy etc. I am an experienced cyclist, raced many years ago, and am very confident on the road. I make sure I stay in the centre of the road rather than hogging the side, ALWAYS approach buses from the right hand side so they can see in the mirror, not the left, I dont try to cut around them or go for gaps that arent there etc, and I find that if you give them courtesy, you get nothing but courtesy in return. Ive never had a bus cut me up, i find buses quite happy to patiently sit behind me on the road (but then i can go 25-40kph happily so i dont realy slow them down). what i will say, is that there are some idiot cyclists in exeter. Ones that cut from the left of the right of the road to get that extra ten metres. Who go down the middle of the road between buses going in both directions on sidwell street, who cut every red light, cut across junctions and generally give other cyclists a bad name. If they cant be sensible and courteous, why should bus drivers show any courtesy to them in return? I actually think a lot of the cyclists in exeter need serious guidance on how to ride on the road. Dont cut down the inside of a bus, it cant see you and it will cut in on you. Dont jump lights and all that crazy stuff.. you are not going anywhere that is that important its worth risking your life for. The biggest problems in exeter are actually pedestrians who simply do not look before they walk out into the road, and cars at the co-op juntion of sidwell street who cut in front of you underestimating your speed. As i say, ive never had a problem with buses. I think most recognise my bike by now and know i can ride at a fair speed, but also will take the centre of the road and not put myself in danger. Treat them with courtesy and common sense and you get it back. On a side note, its about time the police started stopping the idiots who dont wear a helmet on their bikes. As stupid as you can possibly get.

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    Carol, Exeter  |  June 10 2010, 9:43PM

    ........POLICE closed a road in the city centre when a bus was badly damaged following a collision with a cyclist ........ Well of course - how traumatic for the bus !!

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    cyril, exeter  |  June 10 2010, 8:43PM

    BAN CYCLIST FROM THE HIGH STREET what a ridiculous comment. cyclist are the nicest environmentally conscious people on the earth. for me it would be BAN CARS FROM EVERYWHERE

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    Jason, Exeter  |  June 10 2010, 7:56PM

    Cyril and, in particular, "anti bikes". I had a witness account of the incident and the cyclist was NOT at fault. The bus driver acknowledged that he drove carelessly and was the cyclist was NOT in the wrong. Bus drivers in the City have no regard for other road users. They pull out of bus stops before being allowed out, squeeze past in tight spaces and have a general disregard. Not all I hasten to add. I certainly have come across a fair few in the past couple of weeks.

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    Catherine, Exeter  |  June 10 2010, 3:35PM

    The original headline was something like "Bus damaged in collision with cyclist". I'm glad that somene has now seen fit to put the human first. The cyclist may well have been at fault, but it could equally have been the driver not looking, or failing to drive safely. I, along with other cyclists, have stories of being driven off the road on the High Street. Most bus drivers are skilled, courteous road users, but unfortunately there is a dangerous minority who either drive without due care, or deliberately put people's lives at risk. There are many people, like the "anti-cyclist" commentor below, who feel that cyclists do not belong on the road and they therefore have carte blanche to act aggressively around them (by the way, "sticking a rod in the wheels" of someone who is doing nothing but cycling down a road is common assault, and it's rather distasteful that the Echo have allowed this comment to stand). This lack of concern for vulnerable road users is bad enough, but it is appalling that it exists amongst professional drivers, and that Stagecoach do not take complaints seriously. If the driver was at fault in this case then hopefully the publicity will encourage Statecoach to change their attitude and to start investigating drivers who should not be allowed on the road.

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    cyril, exeter  |  June 10 2010, 2:24PM

    good to hear the cyclist survived. may have been due to quick reaction of the bus driver. hope the bus driver is also OK. a lesson to us all that raods are dangerous and we should all stay alert.

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