Pensioner gets black eyes after tripping over cycle lane markings

Pensioner gets black eyes after tripping over cycle lane markings

An elderly woman named Dorothy fell over a bike path

The 78-year-old is unlikely to heal for another two months (Image: Evening Gazette)

A pensioner has been left with a black eye and a broken wrist after tripping over a ‘dangerous’ cycle lane marking.

Dorothy, 75, suffered an “esty spot” on her forehead, bruises all over her body and a mild concussion.

Weeks later, she is still in excruciating pain and likely will be for the next two months.

On August 26, Dorothy tripped over the raised bumps designed to protect cyclists by providing a buffer between them and motorists.

Her husband, retired civil and highways engineer Chris, 79, was not there to help her when she started “bleeding profusely” in Linthorpe Road, Middlesbrough.

Chris said: ‘It was a shock. I let her off and she went to cross the road instead of using the crossing which was a little way down.

“She crossed the stretch of road with two lanes and cycle paths outside, with a raised black and white mark in between.

“She tripped and hit her head on the side of the road and was badly injured, with a nasty gash on her forehead, [and was] bleeding profusely. [She] also had a mild concussion, lots of bruising and a broken wrist.’

Dorothy was left bleeding on the pavement (Image: Evening Gazette)

Councils have long struggled to balance the safety of cyclists with pedestrians (Image: Evening Gazette)

Luckily, fellow pedestrians rushed to Dorothy’s aid while Chris was in a nearby shop.

‘I went to the shop [she was meant to be at] and she just wasn’t there. It was a shock, he said.

The Stokesley-based couple know that bike lane markings, known as Orcas, are far better than no protection at all for riders cycling down busy main roads.

But the municipalities can do more to ensure that both cyclists and pedestrians are safe.

“They’re very low and when you’re looking for traffic, you can’t see them. They shouldn’t let pedestrians cross where there are these dangers, Chris said.

“There should then be fixed barriers on both sides between the crossing points, and possibly even more crossings along the road.

“I don’t disagree with the bollards and there is no good campaign to get rid of them, but there have to be permanent barriers.”

A Middlesbrough Council spokesperson said: “The Linthorpe Road cycle lane has been designed and implemented in line with national safety guidelines and schemes in other cities.

“However, the scheme will continue to be monitored and we would advise people to use designated road crossing points which are located at frequent intervals.”

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