64-year-old cyclist seriously injured after crash in St Albans

St Albans & Harpenden Review: Cyclist airlifted to hospital after suffering serious injuries in crash Cyclist airlifted to hospital after suffering serious injuries in crash

A 64-year-old cyclist was airlifted to hospital this morning after a crash with a van in St Albans.

Eeast of England Ambuland Service NHS Trust were called to Batchwood Drive at 9.37am, dispatching a rapid response vehicle, ambulance and the Herts Air Ambulance.

The cyclist was rushed to London Whitechapel for further treatment after suffering serious pelvic and leg injuries.

Redbourn Road was closed off, while police recovered the van.

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1:14pm Tue 17 Dec 13

mikex says...

Terrible news so close to Christmas, hopefully the cyclist will recover ok but the injuries described sound fairly serious.

Drivers and cyclists need to be careful on the roads- cyclists need to signal and manoever carefully and drivers need to give cyclists space and room, holding back from overtaking for a moment at juntions and where the road narrows.

The road narrowings caused by traffic islands on Batchwood Driver cause issues when drivers try to overtake on them- there is a roundabout (and slightly hilly) alternative route to Batchwwod Drive using Townsend Drive, Langley Crescent, Waverly Road and Ladies Grove. The new Green Ring will provide a good alternative for some of this journey once it's built.

The Bluehouse Hill roundabout is an accident hotspot which St Albans Cycle campaign has already pointed out to Highways. The Campaign has also identified the little-used pavement along the Redbourne road as suitable for a conversion to a shared pavement/cycle route towards Redbourne.

Hopefully Highways will take notice of this incident and start to make changes in the road layout to make the area safer for cyclists. In the meantime let's look out for each other and give space for cycling.
Terrible news so close to Christmas, hopefully the cyclist will recover ok but the injuries described sound fairly serious. Drivers and cyclists need to be careful on the roads- cyclists need to signal and manoever carefully and drivers need to give cyclists space and room, holding back from overtaking for a moment at juntions and where the road narrows. The road narrowings caused by traffic islands on Batchwood Driver cause issues when drivers try to overtake on them- there is a roundabout (and slightly hilly) alternative route to Batchwwod Drive using Townsend Drive, Langley Crescent, Waverly Road and Ladies Grove. The new Green Ring will provide a good alternative for some of this journey once it's built. The Bluehouse Hill roundabout is an accident hotspot which St Albans Cycle campaign has already pointed out to Highways. The Campaign has also identified the little-used pavement along the Redbourne road as suitable for a conversion to a shared pavement/cycle route towards Redbourne. Hopefully Highways will take notice of this incident and start to make changes in the road layout to make the area safer for cyclists. In the meantime let's look out for each other and give space for cycling. mikex

1:28pm Wed 18 Dec 13

mikex says...

The crash happened on the roundabout not (technically) on Batchwood Drive, the cyclist was already on the roundabout.

St Albans Cycling Campaign have asked Highways what is being planned to make the roundabout safer for cyclists and pedestrians.

In the meantime please watch out for cyclists, especially at junctions- delaying moving off by a couple of seconds to look properly and give a cyclist room won't add a significant time to your journey.
The crash happened on the roundabout not (technically) on Batchwood Drive, the cyclist was already on the roundabout. St Albans Cycling Campaign have asked Highways what is being planned to make the roundabout safer for cyclists and pedestrians. In the meantime please watch out for cyclists, especially at junctions- delaying moving off by a couple of seconds to look properly and give a cyclist room won't add a significant time to your journey. mikex

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