Cycling: Accidents

Department for Transport written question – answered on 9th January 2017.

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Photo of Ian Austin Ian Austin Labour, Dudley North

To ask the Secretary of State for Transport, for what reasons he did not exchange his details with the cyclist whom he was involved in a road incident with on 12 October 2016.

Photo of Andrew Jones Andrew Jones Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Transport)

This was an unfortunate accident. My Rt Hon Friend the Secretary of State got out of the car, checked the cyclist was okay and waited until he was back on his feet. He spoke to the cyclist and apologised; they shook hands. No details were requested at the time by either party. The Secretary of State has since been in contact with the cyclist and the matter is closed.

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Katja Leyendecker
Posted on 10 Jan 2017 5:31 pm (Report this annotation)

I'd expect better from a minister, and his parl under-secretary.

Andrew Avis
Posted on 10 Jan 2017 6:57 pm (Report this annotation)

Having seen the video I think that something more important was missed.
That is that the Minister was only a passenger in the car that opened his door unwisely. I was under the impression that the driver is responsible for the car and its passengers and therefore wonder why the Driver did not feel obliged to obtain the details on behalf of himself and his errant passenger.

I also wonder if the minister would like to now lead a safety awareness campaign about checking before opening car doors. Perhaps such a campaign would also encourage the public into adopting the Dutch method of open car doors. Apparently this method involves using the hand furthest from the door so that your body is better positioned to see what is behind you as you open it.