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THREAD 1/ Claudia Comberti was cycling into Oxford on 9 May this year when her foot slipped off a pedal and she came off her bike
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Harry Rutter Oct 26
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2/ This nasty fall was turned into a tragedy because she was cycling in a combined bus and bike lane and a bus was “one second” behind her
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3/ This dreadful tragedy, in which she died, has been portrayed as an “accident’” the result of mere bad luck.
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4/ The coroner said there was insufficient time and distance for the bus driver to have avoided hitting Ms Comberti by braking…
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5/ …and that he had driven reasonably in the circumstances.
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6/ The police officer at the inquest said the bus driver would have had less than one second to react
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7/ The Highway Code is very clear about overtaking safely...
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8/ Rule 163 “You should not get too close to the vehicle you intend to overtake”
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9/ There is a special section on motorcyclists and cyclists. It is inconceivable that a bus driver in Oxford would not be aware of this.
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10/ Rule 212 “When passing motorcyclists and cyclists, give them plenty of room”
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11/ Rule 213 “cyclists may suddenly need to avoid uneven road surfaces and obstacles such as drain covers or oily, wet or icy patches…”
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12/ Rule 213 “…Give them plenty of room”
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13/ The junction is shockingly bad, forcing bikes and buses to compete for space during a very short green phase on the traffic lights
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14/ So I can understand why bus drivers want to hurry through the lights so they can meet the demands of their timetables
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Harry Rutter Oct 26
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15/ But that does not and cannot in any way excuse driving too close to a vulnerable road user with only “one second” to react to problems
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16/ Yet the coroner believes the driver acted “reasonably in the circumstances.” By what definition was that driving “reasonable”?
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Harry Rutter Oct 26
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17/ This is what those of us who cycle face every day: abysmal road design, potentially lethal driving, and a culture that normalises it all
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Harry Rutter Oct 26
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18/ This has to change. Road space is public space, and everyone has a right to exist within and use it safely.
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19/ The Swedish Vision Zero approach affirms that no loss of life is acceptable on the roads
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20/ It accepts that people are fallible, so aims to build a fault tolerant system in which mistakes happen but they don’t kill people
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