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Warning after cyclists hurt
WARNINGS have been given to both drivers and cyclists to watch out for one another on the roads, days after two cycling accidents.
On New Year’s Eve, two cyclists were taken to hospital with serious head injuries after separate crashes on busy roads.
The first took place on Kingshill Road, just before 6pm, when a dog ran out from a house in front of the 59-year-old cyclist.
Although the cyclist was wearing a helmet, he suffered serious injuries and was taken to Great Western Hospital before being transferred to Frenchay Hospital, in Bristol.
The second incident happened at around 9.30pm at the North Star roundabout.
A 52-year-old cyclist was travelling towards the roundabout on the dual carriageway when he was involved in a collision with a burgundy Ford Fiesta, which was travelling in the same direction.
The cyclist was taken to Great Western Hospital with serious head injuries and the road was closed for three hours.
Since the success of cycling at the Olympics more people have been getting on their bikes, but with the short winter days they are being reminded that they should make sure they are visible.
Swindon Travel Choices, run by Swindon council, offer free training courses to encourage safe cycling.
Travel awareness officer, Claire Fleming said: “We have been doing a lot in recent months to encourage people to cycle rather than drive.
“We have been going around businesses in the town giving safety advice and handing out bags with fluorescent jackets and bags in to help people be seen.
“Because of the nature of winter people don’t realise how early it gets dark and we have been encouraging people to be ‘lit up like Christmas trees’ so they can be seen by other people.
“I think after the Olympics there were a lot of people wanting to get in to cycling but as winter has come less people have stuck it out.
“Now we are in the new year, people are taking it back up again to get fit and we want to make sure everyone is safe.
“A lot of cyclists are drivers so I don’t think it is about blaming either drivers or cyclists, just trying to make sure that both are aware of each other.”
Anybody wanting to get cycling lessons, or to find out how to maintain their bike and what to wear on the roads should visit www.swindontravelchoices.org.uk.
Anyone with any information on either incident should call PC Bob Eccleston on 101 ext 720 3111.