Cyclist hit by Poundland lorry in fourth crash in 10 years on his Bath commute

A Bath cyclist has been left shaken and frustrated after a Poundland lorry collided with his bike. Stephen Nippard, 50, says he is lucky to be alive after he was knocked off his bike before it was dragged a long way up the road last Tuesday (November 26). He says this is the fourth time he has been hit by a vehicle on his Bath commute over the last 10 years – and the third bike he has lost.

This latest incident occurred at the junction of Bathwick Street and Beckford Road and Mr Nippard claims his bike ended up at the Darlington Road junction. He says that after passing the Poundland lorry to sit in the bike box and wait for a red light to change, he realised the HGV was covering around three quarters of the box – but he just managed to fit in. As the lights changed he claims the lorry then hit the back wheel of his bike.

“I was shouting and had to jump from my bicycle and scramble clear from the articulated truck,” he said.

Stephen Nippard says this is the fourth time he has been hit by a car while cycling

Mr Nippard, who is a transit truck driver himself, says he passed the stationary truck “correctly” and he describes himself as a “very responsible cyclist” who has ridden all his life. He said: “I had my lights on and my high vis and everything.” The Poundland lorry initially drove away and it is not known whether the driver was aware they had hit the bike.

A Poundland spokesman said: “We’re aware of the incident in Bath.  The police investigated at the time and took no action, but we’re currently discussing directly with Mr Nippard how best we can resolve matters.” But Mr Nippard has been left feeling thoroughly ‘let down’ by the experience and fears he will not get back the estimated GBP1,700 worth of ruined bike and smashed accessories.

Cyclist hit by Poundland lorry in fourth crash in 10 years on his Bath commuteThe mangled bike after the accident

Thankfully, he received no major injuries – but he says he ended up trapped on a traffic island while waiting for the emergency services. And he was particularly upset that nobody stopped to help him.

He said: “I only have a bruised elbow – I’m lucky I guess. “It was not the best start to a Tuesday morning. “It was pretty scary.

It shook me up a bit. “I was upset that throughout the whole thing, no-one came to my aid. “I picked myself up off the road and people were just driving around me as I was collecting bits off the road.

“People must have seen what happened as there were vehicles at the other junction. “My bike was being dragged up the road with its lights on and I had a high level light on my bag as well.”

Cyclist hit by Poundland lorry in fourth crash in 10 years on his Bath commuteThe bike itself was worth around GBP1,000 and Mr Nippard believes the smashed accessories add up to a further GBP700

Mr Nippard fears his love of cycling will one day kill him. “I have ridden bikes all my life I’m not ready to give it up,” he said.

“I went to get back on a bike this morning and it wasn’t great but it is the way I get to work. “My parents and my girlfriend aren’t happy for me to continue. “It will probably kill me one day I reckon.

“This time of year you always hear about people getting hit.”

Cyclist hit by Poundland lorry in fourth crash in 10 years on his Bath commuteWhere the collision took place

Mr Nippard is worried that these collisions keep happening – and he is frustrated by drivers’ behaviour around bike boxes. He said: “No-one takes any notice of the cycle box. I see cars there all the time.

“Even police cars don’t take any notice so what chance has anybody else got? “Once I was even knocked off by bike by a police car going into the police station. It was probably about five years’ ago now.

You can’t make it up.” Mr Nippard said that without witnesses or CCTV, police won’t take any action and he hopes that someone will come forward with information.

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An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman said: “We received a report of a collision between a bike and a lorry at about 7am in the morning on November 26. “The cyclist did not appear to be seriously injured.

“The driver initially drove away from the scene. “We have identified the driver and they have exchanged details.” A spokesman for South West Ambulance Service said: “We were called at 7.05am to reports of a road traffic collision, reportedly involving a cyclist and a lorry.

“We attended with an ambulance and one patient was treated at the scene.”

What Poundland said

Poundland did not comment on the specifics of the incident but said they were in discussions with Mr Nippard. A Poundland spokesman said: “We’re aware of the incident in Bath.  “The police investigated at the time and took no action, but we’re currently discussing directly with Mr Nippard how best we can resolve matters.”

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