THE cyclist injured at ‘Chichester’s most dangerous junction’ last week has joined the calls for it to be changed.
Andrew Rose, 50, from Bosham, was riding westbound along North Walls last Tuesday morning when his bike went into the side of a car pulling out of Chapel Street from under an archway in the city walls.
He was taken to St Richard’s Hospital, where he was found to have snapped both ligaments in his shoulder and suffered minor head injuries.
Andrew was travelling along a new cycle path and had right of way, but rather than level blame at the driver - who was said to be ‘distraught’ - he wants to warn others about the dangers.
Other motorists have complained that the cycle path means bikes are now riding against cars on the previously one-way North Walls and Andrew says overgrowing weeds also make it impossible for drivers turning left from Chapel Street to see cyclists.
“It’s just lethal,” said keen cyclist Andrew on his first return to the junction since his accident.
“For drivers pulling out from under the city walls it’s impossible to see left because of the wall and because of overgrowing weeds which need to be cut.
“Cars are supposed to stop at the give way lines but they can’t give way to the left until they’re in the middle of the road.
“The driver was very shaken up. I don’t feel like he was being careless, I feel like he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time.”
The cycle path was added along North Walls in March as part of West Sussex County Council’s £210,000 project to make the city safer for bikes, which included changes to the nearby Northgate Gyratory.
Even before last week’s accident, local residents contacted the Observer to voice their concerns, labelling it ‘the most dangerous junction in Chichester’.
“We’ve only been here a short time and although probably eight out of ten drivers are stopping, looking and carefully pulling out, the rest are just having a quick glance and going,” Andrew said as he observed drivers pulling out of Chapel Street.
“One driver didn’t even stop to look before pulling out which is terrifying. I didn’t realise just how busy this junction is.
“After my accident one witness said he (the driver) did stop and look before he pulled out and he still didn’t see me so it shows how dangerous it is here.”
The frame of Andrew’s bike was snapped and his injury means he can’t ride for eight to 12 weeks, putting him out of this weekend’s RideLondon-Surrey 100, for which he was due to ride for Kidney Research.
“I’m really disappointed because it’s a great charity that’s very personal to me, and I was due to ride with a friend who will now have to do it on his own,” said Andrew.
“I’m just interested in letting others know how dangerous this junction is and to try and get something done so it can be used safely.
“My injuries could have been a lot worse and I won’t be the last person injured here unless something changes.”
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