Cyclists warned to take extra care on roads after collision on A180
CYCLISTS are being warned to take extra care travelling in the dark and on icy roads after a man received head injuries when he was knocked off his bike on the A180.
As reported on www.thisisgrimsby.co.uk, a lorry and cyclist collided while travelling along the A180 eastbound on Adam Smith Way at about 6.45am yesterday.
The cyclist, who has not been named, was taken by ambulance to Grimsby's Diana, Princess of Wales Hospital with head injuries and was kept in over night for monitoring.
Although the circumstances of this collision are not currently known, it serves as a timely reminder to the 3,500 cyclists who travel on North East Lincolnshire's roads every day to take extra care during the winter months.
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A spokesperson for Humberside Police said: "The poor weather and reduced visibility can make riding a cycle at this time of year a dangerous proposition whatever time of day you venture out.
"That said you can reduce the risks of being in collision with a vehicle for instance by ensuring you have bright lights on your cycle, wear high-visibility clothing and where possible avoid poorly lit areas along your route.
"These are just a few simple precautions which could ensure you arrive at your destination safely when out on your pedal cycle."
Yesterday's collision led to long tailbacks after one lane of the A180 eastbound was closed between the Lock Hill and Pyewipe roundabouts while police carried out their investigations.
The accident has prompted the sister of the late Julie Pearson – who was killed when her push bike was in collision with a van on the A180 in 2007 – to appeal to motorists to be extra vigilant when travelling on that stretch of road.
Linda O'Sullivan, 46, of Cleethorpes, said: "It is so dangerous for cyclists; drivers need to slow down, take extra care when they stop and think twice about cyclists.
"Too many accidents happen down there."
As reported, Julie, 44, was mum to Trooper Robert Pearson, who was killed in Afghanistan in April 2008, aged 22.
Did you see the collision?
Anyone who witnessed the collision is asked to contact Humberside Police on 0845 60 60 222 quoting log number 69 of 17/12/10.
NORTH East Lincolnshire Council has released the following top tips for safer cycling:
Dress for it: A helmet, jacket and gloves should be top of your checklist and should be high-visibility if possible. Your jacket needs to be waterproof and windproof, but also breathable and not too thick. Gloves should be wind and waterproof too, they should also be thick and ideally long enough to cover your wrists.
Get your bike ready: Bike parts tend to wear out and work loose more easily in the wet, so it's worth making sure everything's in good condition to start with. Safe winter riding calls for a good set of lights. If you think there's any chance you'll be cycling in the dark, don't forget to take them with you.
Look after your bike: Water, especially mixed with road salt, isn't good for your bike so after getting home it's worth spending five minutes with your bike. Give it a general rinse and wipe down to remove dirt, salt and grit. Pay particular attention to the chain, gears, brakes and wheel rims and when you're done, dry it off with an old towel. Disperse any excess water in moving parts with a spray of WD40 and add some bike oil to the chain and gear mechanism.
Be extra careful: After dark, you're basically invisible to motorists unless you are wearing high-visibility clothes.
Watch out for metal drains, manhole covers, fallen leaves and potholes full of water are all potential hazards to the cyclists so keep your eyes peeled.
Keep an extra keen eye out for pedestrians – who are usually the only group less visible than cyclists.