Watch: Pensioner seconds away from causing cycle race crash

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A PASSING pensioner was a bit too close to comfort for top cyclists on Friday when he crossed the road on a mobility scooter just moments before a high speed race passed.

Stage three of the Women's Tour of Britain was travelling through parts of Tendring to finish in Clacton.

But as the top riders came to a tight bend near the Three Jays pub in Jaywick there was more than just the corner to navigate.

A pensioner on a mobility scooter watched as the lead cyclist zoomed past, but decided to try and get across the road before the pack of riders following.

There were just seconds to spare.

Sam Wilkinson, aged 12, from Jaywick Lane caught the tight squeeze on his phone.

 

 

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6:46pm Sun 11 May 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

What an idiot.
It seems par for the course for many who use these mobility scooters, they think they have a define right and everyone should get out of their way!
What an idiot. It seems par for the course for many who use these mobility scooters, they think they have a define right and everyone should get out of their way! Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 30

7:07pm Sun 11 May 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
What an idiot.
It seems par for the course for many who use these mobility scooters, they think they have a define right and everyone should get out of their way!
Oops...Devine, not define!
[quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: What an idiot. It seems par for the course for many who use these mobility scooters, they think they have a define right and everyone should get out of their way![/p][/quote]Oops...Devine, not define! Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 13

9:14pm Sun 11 May 14

retroman says...

Name and shame!
Name and shame! retroman
  • Score: 13

1:55am Mon 12 May 14

Boris says...

Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
What an idiot.
It seems par for the course for many who use these mobility scooters, they think they have a define right and everyone should get out of their way!
Oops...Devine, not define!
I think you mean divine.
But you are right about the idiot.
I also wonder about the marshalling of the race. Were there enough marshals? Perhaps the race organisers thought that nobody in Jaywick would be that stupid.
Say It, I know you take a diim view of Bob Russell, but you have to hand it to him, he has campaigned for some time to have mobility scooter users brought under control (driving tests, and compulsory insurance), and has taken some flak for it from the extreme pro-mobility scooter brigade.
[quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: What an idiot. It seems par for the course for many who use these mobility scooters, they think they have a define right and everyone should get out of their way![/p][/quote]Oops...Devine, not define![/p][/quote]I think you mean divine. But you are right about the idiot. I also wonder about the marshalling of the race. Were there enough marshals? Perhaps the race organisers thought that nobody in Jaywick would be that stupid. Say It, I know you take a diim view of Bob Russell, but you have to hand it to him, he has campaigned for some time to have mobility scooter users brought under control (driving tests, and compulsory insurance), and has taken some flak for it from the extreme pro-mobility scooter brigade. Boris
  • Score: 4

1:57am Mon 12 May 14

Boris says...

dim, not diim (sorry)
dim, not diim (sorry) Boris
  • Score: -4

7:15am Mon 12 May 14

MaryPoppins87 says...

I agree, there should be some sort of test. Not so long ago I saw a old man on a scooter actually overtake a car! It wobbled and fell over, leaving him with a cut head, a dented scooter, and us all having to stop, pull over and faff about phoning for ambulances!
I agree, there should be some sort of test. Not so long ago I saw a old man on a scooter actually overtake a car! It wobbled and fell over, leaving him with a cut head, a dented scooter, and us all having to stop, pull over and faff about phoning for ambulances! MaryPoppins87
  • Score: 12

8:12am Mon 12 May 14

Say It As It Is OK? says...

Boris wrote:
Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
Say It As It Is OK? wrote:
What an idiot.
It seems par for the course for many who use these mobility scooters, they think they have a define right and everyone should get out of their way!
Oops...Devine, not define!
I think you mean divine.
But you are right about the idiot.
I also wonder about the marshalling of the race. Were there enough marshals? Perhaps the race organisers thought that nobody in Jaywick would be that stupid.
Say It, I know you take a diim view of Bob Russell, but you have to hand it to him, he has campaigned for some time to have mobility scooter users brought under control (driving tests, and compulsory insurance), and has taken some flak for it from the extreme pro-mobility scooter brigade.
Divine, my mistake. Thanks Boris.....
With Bob Russell his campaigns (like this one) usually come to nothing. I would have far more respect for the man if he actually achieved something really positive. Then again he's like most any other MPs, good at talking but fail when it comes to doing!
[quote][p][bold]Boris[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Say It As It Is OK?[/bold] wrote: What an idiot. It seems par for the course for many who use these mobility scooters, they think they have a define right and everyone should get out of their way![/p][/quote]Oops...Devine, not define![/p][/quote]I think you mean divine. But you are right about the idiot. I also wonder about the marshalling of the race. Were there enough marshals? Perhaps the race organisers thought that nobody in Jaywick would be that stupid. Say It, I know you take a diim view of Bob Russell, but you have to hand it to him, he has campaigned for some time to have mobility scooter users brought under control (driving tests, and compulsory insurance), and has taken some flak for it from the extreme pro-mobility scooter brigade.[/p][/quote]Divine, my mistake. Thanks Boris..... With Bob Russell his campaigns (like this one) usually come to nothing. I would have far more respect for the man if he actually achieved something really positive. Then again he's like most any other MPs, good at talking but fail when it comes to doing! Say It As It Is OK?
  • Score: 4

8:35am Mon 12 May 14

MaryPoppins87 says...

And I didn't waste two minutes of my time, I drove off. Left it for someone else to faff with lol!
And I didn't waste two minutes of my time, I drove off. Left it for someone else to faff with lol! MaryPoppins87
  • Score: 5

9:17am Mon 12 May 14

Trev1972 says...

I agree that a test should be passed before people are allowed to drive them in public. I also think that smaller shops should be able to refuse them entry. Some of the shops in town are just too small for a scooter to safely get round without damaging products and or staff/Customers.
I agree that a test should be passed before people are allowed to drive them in public. I also think that smaller shops should be able to refuse them entry. Some of the shops in town are just too small for a scooter to safely get round without damaging products and or staff/Customers. Trev1972
  • Score: 10

10:26am Mon 12 May 14

Slamdoor312 says...

Why on earth are we pandering to these bike people.

The only 'divine' right seems to be that they can cause chaos by racing on public roads causing unnecessary disruption.

Billions were wasted on a Stadium in Stratford, let them race round that and its surrounding roads, which might nean they actually get some use for once.

Good on Mr Mobility Scooter, about time the lycra louts had a dose of what its like for pedestrians when these people ride on pavements and jump red lights..
Why on earth are we pandering to these bike people. The only 'divine' right seems to be that they can cause chaos by racing on public roads causing unnecessary disruption. Billions were wasted on a Stadium in Stratford, let them race round that and its surrounding roads, which might nean they actually get some use for once. Good on Mr Mobility Scooter, about time the lycra louts had a dose of what its like for pedestrians when these people ride on pavements and jump red lights.. Slamdoor312
  • Score: -13

10:38am Mon 12 May 14

Rose77 says...

Slamdoor312 wrote:
Why on earth are we pandering to these bike people.

The only 'divine' right seems to be that they can cause chaos by racing on public roads causing unnecessary disruption.

Billions were wasted on a Stadium in Stratford, let them race round that and its surrounding roads, which might nean they actually get some use for once.

Good on Mr Mobility Scooter, about time the lycra louts had a dose of what its like for pedestrians when these people ride on pavements and jump red lights..
I'm one of these 'bike people' and okay I am not a pro cyclist but I did cover over 68 miles on the roads of Essex yesterday raising money for the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity. I also drive a car, work full time and pay my dues as a result.

Just for the record, I have never cycled on a pavement or jumped a red light. I do however have to negotiate the hazards of poorly maintained roads (potholes) and the wrath of a small minority of motorists who seemed to wish we had never been born!

I consider it such a shame that a hobby, which helps us to enjoy good health, raise money for charity and generally gets us off the sofa and enjoy the environment in which we live (supporting local tea rooms etc in the process) is criticised by others. For the record, I would never be so rude as to criticise your hobbies.
[quote][p][bold]Slamdoor312[/bold] wrote: Why on earth are we pandering to these bike people. The only 'divine' right seems to be that they can cause chaos by racing on public roads causing unnecessary disruption. Billions were wasted on a Stadium in Stratford, let them race round that and its surrounding roads, which might nean they actually get some use for once. Good on Mr Mobility Scooter, about time the lycra louts had a dose of what its like for pedestrians when these people ride on pavements and jump red lights..[/p][/quote]I'm one of these 'bike people' and okay I am not a pro cyclist but I did cover over 68 miles on the roads of Essex yesterday raising money for the Helen Rollason Cancer Charity. I also drive a car, work full time and pay my dues as a result. Just for the record, I have never cycled on a pavement or jumped a red light. I do however have to negotiate the hazards of poorly maintained roads (potholes) and the wrath of a small minority of motorists who seemed to wish we had never been born! I consider it such a shame that a hobby, which helps us to enjoy good health, raise money for charity and generally gets us off the sofa and enjoy the environment in which we live (supporting local tea rooms etc in the process) is criticised by others. For the record, I would never be so rude as to criticise your hobbies. Rose77
  • Score: 6

11:37am Mon 12 May 14

Scoot says...

@Slamdoor, only one thing to say - Get A Life ! The sooner these scooter maniacs have legislation brought in the better. They have no consideration for anyone and just expect pedestrians to get out of the way for them. Tendring District got some free publicity thanks to the womens tour and maybe it should have been marshalled better. Thank goodness there wasn't an incident involving the public, otherwise we could wave goodbye to events like this in the future. I wonder how much extra revenue was generated in the local area from this as opposed to a normal weekday in May during term time.
@Rose77 - well done for the charity ride but not all cyclists follow the road traffic laws as you do (even one member of the womens tour was riding down the pavement near to Clacton Garden centre !). Yes some drivers are idiots when they see cyclists but cyclists should also show some consideration. For example there is a cyclist who rides down Cowdray Avenue just before 7.00am every day. She uses the road not the cycle path which would offer her safety and also allow the traffic to flow easier (especially near to McDonalds). However in the evening she uses the cycle path when riding home, so one just wonders why she does this in the morning. Then we have the groups of lycra clad cyclists on Saturday mornings who think they are in the peloton of Le Tour cycling 3 or 4 abreast so you cannot pass them or if you do try, you risk hitting oncoming traffic (obviously they haven't read the highway code). Then you get the crowd (which I understand was a local club !) which one night were using the road near to the football ground as if it was their own private velodrome holding traffic up by riding in a pack.
@Slamdoor, only one thing to say - Get A Life ! The sooner these scooter maniacs have legislation brought in the better. They have no consideration for anyone and just expect pedestrians to get out of the way for them. Tendring District got some free publicity thanks to the womens tour and maybe it should have been marshalled better. Thank goodness there wasn't an incident involving the public, otherwise we could wave goodbye to events like this in the future. I wonder how much extra revenue was generated in the local area from this as opposed to a normal weekday in May during term time. @Rose77 - well done for the charity ride but not all cyclists follow the road traffic laws as you do (even one member of the womens tour was riding down the pavement near to Clacton Garden centre !). Yes some drivers are idiots when they see cyclists but cyclists should also show some consideration. For example there is a cyclist who rides down Cowdray Avenue just before 7.00am every day. She uses the road not the cycle path which would offer her safety and also allow the traffic to flow easier (especially near to McDonalds). However in the evening she uses the cycle path when riding home, so one just wonders why she does this in the morning. Then we have the groups of lycra clad cyclists on Saturday mornings who think they are in the peloton of Le Tour cycling 3 or 4 abreast so you cannot pass them or if you do try, you risk hitting oncoming traffic (obviously they haven't read the highway code). Then you get the crowd (which I understand was a local club !) which one night were using the road near to the football ground as if it was their own private velodrome holding traffic up by riding in a pack. Scoot
  • Score: 2

1:17pm Mon 12 May 14

Slamdoor312 says...

Scoot,
I've got a life, but I'm sick of putting it on the line dodging lycra lunatics on pavements and red light jumping. The scooter so called issue (which in reality isn't) is really just a distraction. It is time to licence and insure cyclists, so the authorities can deal with them in just the same manner they deal with law breaking motorists. No preferential treatment for anybody then, all nice and fair.
Scoot, I've got a life, but I'm sick of putting it on the line dodging lycra lunatics on pavements and red light jumping. The scooter so called issue (which in reality isn't) is really just a distraction. It is time to licence and insure cyclists, so the authorities can deal with them in just the same manner they deal with law breaking motorists. No preferential treatment for anybody then, all nice and fair. Slamdoor312
  • Score: -1

2:03pm Mon 12 May 14

A Very Private Gentleman says...

Mike Holloway runs a Scooter company around here, a former 70's pop idol and star of The Original Tomorrow people TV Series.
Maybe he could use his special powers and teleport the Moro*s to the land of Ga Ga?
This also applies to grey rinsers driving around in turbo diesel skoda's, thinking and acting like they are Sir Stirling Moss.
And by the way My 85 year old mother in law has been done again!
Her driving license looks like a bingo card.
Its time we had these little glowing lights in our hands, when they get to certain colours things start happening to us ala Logan's Run. AVPG.
Mike Holloway runs a Scooter company around here, a former 70's pop idol and star of The Original Tomorrow people TV Series. Maybe he could use his special powers and teleport the Moro*s to the land of Ga Ga? This also applies to grey rinsers driving around in turbo diesel skoda's, thinking and acting like they are Sir Stirling Moss. And by the way My 85 year old mother in law has been done again! Her driving license looks like a bingo card. Its time we had these little glowing lights in our hands, when they get to certain colours things start happening to us ala Logan's Run. AVPG. A Very Private Gentleman
  • Score: 1

2:35pm Mon 12 May 14

romantic says...

I agree that some cyclists need to be educated not to cycle on paths and jump red lights. I'm a cyclist myself, and have almost come to blows before telling other cyclists if they are riding dangerously. But we also need to keep in mind the relative impact of bikes and cars.

Every person who gets on their bike is potentially one less car on the roads. It may be a small delay if you have to safely overtake a cyclist, but actually the thing which is mainly going to delay you is other cars! Cars pollute the town, affecting the health of everyone. Riding a bike is healthier (except when breathing in the fumes from the back end of a bus).

Regarding mobility scooters: well, I am sure there are some in them who could walk, and have become dependent on them too soon. But the impact of them is very small overall: a minor irritation at worst, and we should keep in mind that one day it might be us or our parents or grandparents in one.

I like the idea of the Tour passing through. When roads are closed, it is well publicised for weeks in advance, and normally a rolling closure. It is impossible to have marshalls at every place. Every cycle road race has the danger of people entering the course. It happens every year in the Tour de France. Children, dogs, over-exuberant teenagers, flags. Just one of those things.

Let's not turn this into some vast attack on all cyclists and all mobility scooter users!
I agree that some cyclists need to be educated not to cycle on paths and jump red lights. I'm a cyclist myself, and have almost come to blows before telling other cyclists if they are riding dangerously. But we also need to keep in mind the relative impact of bikes and cars. Every person who gets on their bike is potentially one less car on the roads. It may be a small delay if you have to safely overtake a cyclist, but actually the thing which is mainly going to delay you is other cars! Cars pollute the town, affecting the health of everyone. Riding a bike is healthier (except when breathing in the fumes from the back end of a bus). Regarding mobility scooters: well, I am sure there are some in them who could walk, and have become dependent on them too soon. But the impact of them is very small overall: a minor irritation at worst, and we should keep in mind that one day it might be us or our parents or grandparents in one. I like the idea of the Tour passing through. When roads are closed, it is well publicised for weeks in advance, and normally a rolling closure. It is impossible to have marshalls at every place. Every cycle road race has the danger of people entering the course. It happens every year in the Tour de France. Children, dogs, over-exuberant teenagers, flags. Just one of those things. Let's not turn this into some vast attack on all cyclists and all mobility scooter users! romantic
  • Score: 3

3:25pm Mon 12 May 14

Scoot says...

@romantic, rule 66 of the highway code states "never ride more than two abreast, and ride in single file on narrow or busy roads and when riding round bends" so why do some cyclists ride through Colchester (which are busy) and along country lanes 3 abreast ? There again if they don't pay attention to this bit of rule 66 I guess we can't expect them to pay attention to another part of rule 66 which states "be considerate of other road users......". I have no objections to cyclists which obey the rules of the road and I do give them time and space and keep my distance but I do object to those that don't use the cycle lanes provided for their safety by the council tax payers of Colchester and those lycra clad louts who think they are the next Wiggo.
@romantic, rule 66 of the highway code states "never ride more than two abreast, and ride in single file on narrow or busy roads and when riding round bends" so why do some cyclists ride through Colchester (which are busy) and along country lanes 3 abreast ? There again if they don't pay attention to this bit of rule 66 I guess we can't expect them to pay attention to another part of rule 66 which states "be considerate of other road users......". I have no objections to cyclists which obey the rules of the road and I do give them time and space and keep my distance but I do object to those that don't use the cycle lanes provided for their safety by the council tax payers of Colchester and those lycra clad louts who think they are the next Wiggo. Scoot
  • Score: 6

6:32pm Mon 12 May 14

cynicalsubber says...

A Very Private Gentleman wrote:
Mike Holloway runs a Scooter company around here, a former 70's pop idol and star of The Original Tomorrow people TV Series.
Maybe he could use his special powers and teleport the Moro*s to the land of Ga Ga?
This also applies to grey rinsers driving around in turbo diesel skoda's, thinking and acting like they are Sir Stirling Moss.
And by the way My 85 year old mother in law has been done again!
Her driving license looks like a bingo card.
Its time we had these little glowing lights in our hands, when they get to certain colours things start happening to us ala Logan's Run. AVPG.
I wouldn't describe the former lead singer of Flintlock as a 'pop idol', and he was the worst thing in the Tomorrow People! Still, I've learned something today...
I bow to no-one in my dislike of cyclists who think that the rules of the road don't apply to them, but this was an important race, with loads of media coverage, and the idiot on the mobility scooter nearly ruined it for everyone. Of course they should be tested and insured: I was nearly mown down by one the other day - the rider came round a bend at far more than the legal limit of four mph for pavements, and it's only because despite my own increasing decrepitude I can still move fairly quickly that I was able to jump out of the way.
[quote][p][bold]A Very Private Gentleman[/bold] wrote: Mike Holloway runs a Scooter company around here, a former 70's pop idol and star of The Original Tomorrow people TV Series. Maybe he could use his special powers and teleport the Moro*s to the land of Ga Ga? This also applies to grey rinsers driving around in turbo diesel skoda's, thinking and acting like they are Sir Stirling Moss. And by the way My 85 year old mother in law has been done again! Her driving license looks like a bingo card. Its time we had these little glowing lights in our hands, when they get to certain colours things start happening to us ala Logan's Run. AVPG.[/p][/quote]I wouldn't describe the former lead singer of Flintlock as a 'pop idol', and he was the worst thing in the Tomorrow People! Still, I've learned something today... I bow to no-one in my dislike of cyclists who think that the rules of the road don't apply to them, but this was an important race, with loads of media coverage, and the idiot on the mobility scooter nearly ruined it for everyone. Of course they should be tested and insured: I was nearly mown down by one the other day - the rider came round a bend at far more than the legal limit of four mph for pavements, and it's only because despite my own increasing decrepitude I can still move fairly quickly that I was able to jump out of the way. cynicalsubber
  • Score: 6

8:14pm Tue 13 May 14

Suffolkcommuter says...

Ok I admit it...it was me. The other car is a Merc, but it was in the garage.
Ok I admit it...it was me. The other car is a Merc, but it was in the garage. Suffolkcommuter
  • Score: 1

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