Bus, bike collision sparks cycling safety calls

'We are keen to see measures introduced in places where accidents are happening' ... Ian Maxwell. File picture: contributed

'We are keen to see measures introduced in places where accidents are happening' ... Ian Maxwell. File picture: contributed

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CYCLING campaigners have called for additional safety measures to be introduced on city roads after a rider collided with a bus and sustained serious injuries.

The 67-year-old man was taken to Edinburgh Royal Infirmary in “critical” condition following the incident on Pennywell Road at 5.15 pm on Sunday. His condition was stabilised and he was later transferred to the Western General Hospital.

Police said the collision involved a single-decker bus and they have appealed for witnesses to come forward.

The incident is the latest in a series involving Edinburgh cyclists.

Last month, James William Scott, 50, was knocked off his bike and killed while riding on the A68 near Pathhead.

That collision came only months after George Popp, 47, a former member of Musselburgh Roads Cycling Club, who trained with top cyclist Andy Laing, smashed into the back of a black Ford Focus when it careered out in front of him.

And in 2014, lorry driver John Stewart, 54, was acquitted of causing cyclist Andrew McNicoll’s death by driving without due care and attention on Lanark Road in January 2012.

Ian Maxwell, of Lothian cycle campaigners Spokes, said the Pennywell Road incident highlighted the importance of safety measures to protect those who travel on bikes.

He said: “We are keen to see measures introduced in places where accidents are happening which might reduce the likelihood. This could include cycle lanes, for example. Some segregated routes have been introduced in Edinburgh and there’s talk of others being brought in. This is one possible way forward in areas where cyclists require more protection.”

Shocked residents have described the scene following the latest collision.

One local said: “I was in my house and heard shouting and screaming in the street. I looked out and noticed the 24 bus was stopped in the middle of the road and the traffic had stopped. Someone was shouting ‘call an ambulance’ and then I realised someone had been hit by the bus.

“Within a few minutes there were ambulances and police cars all over the road. The driver was standing in the street crying and he said he never even seen the cyclist.”

A Scottish Ambulance Service spokesman said: “We received several 999 calls reporting this accident. A motorbike paramedic was on scene quickly and requested additional support. We sent two ambulances, and a trauma team from ERI. The patient was conveyed to ERI in a critical condition.”