Cyclist lucky to be alive after car overtakes as HGV heads towards it

A cyclist is urging motorists to take more care on the roads after some careless overtaking left him hurt. Michael McHugh was turning right in London Road just before the A1 roundabout in Newark yesterday, Sunday, October 3, when the vehicle behind decided to overtake despite a HGV travelling in the opposite direction. Fearing a head-on collision, the 54-year-old had to move out of the way of the white Vauxhall people carrier, but in doing so he came off his bike.

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“I was turning right off London Road onto Stapes Lane and looked a few times back to check,” he said.

“At the last moment I guess rather than slow down behind me and wait, the car decided to overtake. “Right at the last minute I realised the situation, turned a little left and fell off. “The car was at that point level with me and very fortunately had stopped.”

Mr McHugh escaped with few bruises and scratches as well as a sore hip, but says it could easily have been much worse.

Michael McHugh

He said: “Both the HGV and another car stopped to ask if I was all right, which puts a bit of faith back in me. “It was around 3pm – it was grey but there was goodish light “My bike is a goner.

I am fortunate to have lived to tell the tale.” As well as his physical pain, Mr McHugh has now been left without a bike he has had for 40 years. “I have had that bike since I was 14,” he said.

“That one was a vintage one from the 70s. “The chain set has gone with the chain but they won’t have those spares these days, I guess.”

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Lincolnshire Police have launched an initiative reminding motorists of the distance they should leave when driving past a cyclist. Mr McHugh acknowledges that some cyclists can be frustrating for motorists but has called for more care to be given by all who use the road.

He said: “I just think as a driver and a cyclist that there really isn’t enough room on the roads. “Some cyclists are incredibly militant and seem to think they have a right to hold up traffic when there is already a good cycle path, and without the need to give way. “It really is dog eat dog, but if you’re on a bike, you will always come off worse.”

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He added: “As far as giving way to cyclists, I find it pretty much all right.

“I think the things I have witnessed in the last 20 years are either distraction-based, age, or just the plain ability to read a road and drive correctly.

“I constantly have conversations with drivers who think bikes shouldn’t be on the road, which makes me very aware of my vulnerability as a cyclist.

“I’m probably too soft on the road – I am not a crazy militant type, which may also have its own problems, but it is hard to get the balance.”

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