Crash: Disarticulations of a cycling collision

Cook, Simon (2020) Crash: Disarticulations of a cycling collision. In: Royal Geography Society (with IBG) Annual Conference 2021, 31st Aug - 2nd Sept 2021, Online. (Unpublished)

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In 2018 I was hit by a car while cycling to work. I was heading in early to Birmingham City University’s (BCU) City South campus on a sunny May morning to complete some marking that was due. It is a route I knew very well. I had cycled, ran,or caught the bus along this route most days in the 10 months I had been working at BCU. It is about 7 miles, cutting across the outer and inner suburbs of southeast and south Birmingham. By choice, this route largely avoided the city’s tentacles, its main arterial roads that are densely packed in this area. Birmingham is not (yet) a particularly cycle-friendly city, however, so cutting across its edges as I was doing inevitably meant needing to negotiate these roads, and this is where it happened. About 2 miles into my route, I need to turn right onto the Stratford Road (the A34) at a traffic-light controlled junction. I am on the road for about 100metres or so before turning off again. On the day of the collision, I remember approaching the traffic lights and noticing they were on green. I know from experience though that they do not stay green for very long, but I was moving at a good speed and hoped the downhill gradient would help in making the lights before they changed. I then have a hazy memory my attention on the lights being stolen by something unexpectedly moving in my periphery.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
31 August 2020Accepted
Subjects: CAH26 - geography, earth and environmental studies > CAH26-01 - geography, earth and environmental studies > CAH26-01-03 - human geography
Divisions: Faculty of Health, Education and Life Sciences > Centre for Life and Sport Sciences (C-LASS)
Depositing User: Simon Cook
Date Deposited: 20 Sep 2021 09:07
Last Modified: 20 Sep 2021 09:08

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