A CYCLIST narrowly escaped serious injury after being caught in the face by a wire strung at head height across a popular path.
The man – thought to be in his early 50s – suffered cuts to his nose and cheek as he was flung from his bike on the cycle path behind Davidsons Mains Tesco last night.
Witnesses who went to his aid said he was “bleeding and dazed” but lucky not to be more seriously injured by the rigid nylon clothes line.
A fellow cyclist skidded to avoid a second wire, tied to fence posts just above ground level, about ten metres away on the two-wheel commuter route into the city centre.
Alex Robertson, 27, whose girlfriend narrowly escaped injury said it was “the equivalent of attempted murder”.
He said: “They are putting up something that could easily kill someone. It’s shocking.
“The man was bleeding and clearly shaken up by it. I imagine he’s been put off cycling and that’s on a path where they’re meant to be safe.
“I’m pretty angry at whoever’s done this. If my girlfriend hadn’t stopped in time, she would have gone flying and who knows the damage it could have caused.
“I remember something similar happening at the Meadows a couple of years ago. A guy had to undergo reconstructive surgery because it caused so much damage to his face”.
Logs and branches had been strewn across the lane in a bid to distract riders from the danger at eye-level.
But the route, known locally as Roseburn path, was busy at the time of the incident at 7pm and there was no sign of the perpetrators.
Alex’s girlfriend, who did not want to be named, said: “I saw the low level one and skidded to a stop. I had a look around and wondered what the hell was going on. I got off my bike to take it down and was looking at the knots when I caught a glimpse of the man who had come off.
“I shouted out to him to see if he was OK and walked over. He had lost his glasses and was quite dazed and confused.
“He said he was cycling and saw the logs. Then he saw the rope at the last second and turned his head before it got him. He had a nasty cut on his nose and his cheek where he struck the rope.
“As we were taking them down, both of us were wondering if there was anyone watching us. It was a little horrifying to be honest.”
The 27-year-old reported it to the police and wanted to warn other cyclists about the ploy. She said she would not let it put her off cycling but said she would be “very cautious” in future.
Ian Maxwell, of cycle group Spokes, said: “This is a horrible incident. Similar things have happened on the path network before and the police have targeted the relevant area.”
But he said people should not be deterred from cycling. “The busier the paths are the less likely it is to happen.”
Police confirmed they are investigating.