Today, I was happily cycling along to work on what was a beautiful summer morning. I crossed a traffic light and then stopped at a second one to turn at a pretty busy crossing. Suddenly, I heard a scream and an almighty crash. The cyclist who was crossing the light I’d just passed (it was green, of course) had been hit by a car turning right. Someone quickly called an ambulance and those people who had been there when it happened gave testimony to the police (including myself).
She was fine, but she’d had a shock, and her bike wasn’t in a very good state. She was incredibly lucky. I felt awful for her, but I also couldn’t help thinking that it would’ve been me under that car if I’d crossed the street just 5 seconds later. It was a chilling thought.
As I was riding back from work in the evening, the lines the police had drawn on the street to detail how it had happened were still there.
Cyclists, be careful out there! Not every driver looks out when turning a corner, apparently.