The dangers faced by cyclists….even on designated pathways

July 19th, 2017 by admin Leave a reply »

One thing you probably wouldn’t expect when cycling along the Fallowfield Loop is a motorbike to careen past you in a flash, but that’s what Hugh Potter caught on camera this week.

The off-road cycle route south of the city is allocated for cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders only between Chorlton-cum-Hardy through Fallowfield and Levenshulme to Gorton and Fairfield.

Motorbike barriers were previously in place on the Fallowfield Loop in an effort to prevent over-sized bikes from using the pathway after the community showed concerns for the safety of path users.

However, the barriers were were recently removed as they also could prevent people in wheelchairs or those with towing child-trailers from accessing the Fallowfield Loop.

And it seems this has now enabled motorbikes to use the route alongside cyclist and pedestrians which reduces the safety of the other users.

Hugh Potter, head of personal injury at Potter Rees Dolan is a keen cyclist and films our Mug of the Month videos to and from our offices. He witnessed this motorcyclist and said:

Contrary to the views of at least one rider, motorcyclists are not allowed on the Fallowfield Loop….

Watch the video here which shows Hugh signalling for the motorcyclist to slow down but, presumably due to the speed of the bike, blink and you’ll miss it! So we’ve captured a still image below too.

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Hugh Potter is a personal injury solicitor with Potter Rees Dolan. Should you have any queries about the issues raised in this article and wish to speak with Hugh or any other member of the team please contact us on 0161 237 5888.

 

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