Romford Cycle Crash

Here’s an interesting look at a bike lane on a busy street in Great Britain.

Published on Jun 23, 2014

The second time I rode into London in an effort to gain some fitness, rather than take the train, ended like this.

I was travelling around 22mph through Romford. Drizzly conditions so I was being cautious around bends and roundabouts. I didn’t expect this!

I just about got my hands to the brakes (it can just be seen on the frame before impact) but I had no chance of stopping.

I’m not quite sure how I wasn’t seen. I’m over 6ft and was wearing a bright blue jacket. If I was seen then it’s a very bad judgement in my speed.

After a very uncomfortable trip to the hospital in a neck brace and spinal board and various x-rays I escaped with just bruising. So I consider myself lucky.

At the time the driver was apologetic and was informed by the police that I was recording my ride and seemed to admit fault. But when it came to my insurance claim against her she disputed it. Safe to say the video has saved me a lot of hassle and 3 weeks later the cheque has already arrived from the insurance company.

My 4 week old Giant bike was written off but thanks to the guys at Cycle Store they put me one of the two they had left aside and I’m looking forward to getting back out there.

The below campaign didn’t come soon enough!…

I will say the condition of the cycle lanes are a disgrace along that road, along with many I come across. With the usual obstacles of parked cars, drivers edging out of junctions, pot holes, glass, drains – why would you cycle in a cycle lane?

Matty Lang

About Matty Lang

Matty Lang has been interested in land use, transportation, and cities since he fell in love with Paris, France while studying there in 1998-1999. He is a filmmaker living in Minneapolis. He loves film, bicycling, and basketball. Follow him: Vimeo | @MattyLangMSP | Facebook

3 thoughts on “Romford Cycle Crash

  1. Erik B

    More bicyclists should record their rides to collect drivers behaving badly and the unfortunate crashes. It would be great to compile a bunch of the videos to make a case about non-motorized road user safety to cities and officials.

  2. Walker AngellWalker Angell

    Sadly, I can easily see how this could happen. The cars in this area drive quite fast and the right turning car was looking for other cars coming, not anything else. A bicycle is much smaller than a car and if you’re not looking for them you may not see them, especially in this environment. Keep in mind that in the UK pedestrians do not have right-of-way unless they have a pedestrian crossing light (and thus cars would have a red light) so motor vehicle drivers aren’t generally looking out for anything other than other vehicles.

    1. Adam MillerAdam Miller

      They often aren’t here either. Twice today I was cut off by drivers who didn’t bother to look or signal their right turn. Not particularly close calls, but still. It happens all the time.

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