Bike accident at Calne a lesson to all

Cyclist Rio Chalmers was lucky to escape with just bruises after being hit by a car in Church Street, Calne

Cyclist Rio Chalmers was lucky to escape with just bruises after being hit by a car in Church Street, Calne

First published in Local

Mum Mikala Dodkins is urging school children to cycle safely after her son Rio Chalmers was hit by a car while he cycled the wrong way along a one-way street.

The 11-year-old escaped serious injury in the collision, which happened in Church Street, Calne, as he cycled home from John Bentley School.

Ms Dodkins, of Meadow Sweet Drive, who works for Microlights in Marlborough, said: “All I’d like to say is be careful when you’re on your bike and watch where you’re going.

“I think my heart stopped when they called me at work and told me Rio had been hit by a car. He was a bit shaken up when they brought him back but luckily he only had a bruise on his leg.”

Fortunately, the car involved was slowly turning when the accident occured.

“The driver wasn’t looking for Rio because she wasn’t expecting him to come from that direction,” said Ms Dodkins, who has three children.

“She was looking to the right and he wasn’t coming from there. I don’t have much sympathy for him and I don’t think he’ll be doing it again.”

The accident happened as Calne police were preparing to launch a new initiative promoting the safe cycling message through John Bentley School and primary schools. Sergeant Phil Connor is also urging parents to make sure their children’s bikes are roadworthy.

He said: “We will be working with John Bentley School to resolve the issue of bike safety. We are hoping to educate the young people to comply with the Highway Code.”

Sally Walters, PA to the head of of John Bentley School, said: “We are very keen on safety for both bikers and pedestrians, and we have held assemblies on it in the past.

“The issue of safety comes up in our newsletter very often as well. We have over a thousand children coming through Calne every weekday, and we want them to know the importance of road safety.”

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10:11pm Thu 7 Oct 10

BusDriver says...

It's not the kids that need educating, it's the inbred moronic Lycra-clad adults!
It's not the kids that need educating, it's the inbred moronic Lycra-clad adults! BusDriver
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6:41am Fri 8 Oct 10

PaddyObama says...

Not to mention some mobility scooters, who seem to think they are exempt from the one way rule.
Not to mention some mobility scooters, who seem to think they are exempt from the one way rule. PaddyObama
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9:49am Sun 10 Oct 10

mjhudston says...

The kids do need educating, as I have often almost hit one or more at a time who always seem to be cycling the wrong way down roads, or even on the wrong side.

However adults are not immune from being stupid on their bikes either.

I've been hit by a cyclist (adult), who ignored the fact their was a Pelican crossing, which was green for me as I was walking across it. I only suffered a scratch, he didntneven stop, to appologise.

Cyclists in general suffer from a bad reputation, because they often are seen to ignore other road users and pedestrians, and think that the rules of the road do not apply to them.

I'm glad the childnhere is ok, and has learnt from his mistake, and that others do too.
The kids do need educating, as I have often almost hit one or more at a time who always seem to be cycling the wrong way down roads, or even on the wrong side. However adults are not immune from being stupid on their bikes either. I've been hit by a cyclist (adult), who ignored the fact their was a Pelican crossing, which was green for me as I was walking across it. I only suffered a scratch, he didntneven stop, to appologise. Cyclists in general suffer from a bad reputation, because they often are seen to ignore other road users and pedestrians, and think that the rules of the road do not apply to them. I'm glad the childnhere is ok, and has learnt from his mistake, and that others do too. mjhudston
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11:02am Mon 11 Oct 10

Roy Orbit says...

"I don’t have much sympathy for him and I don’t think he’ll be doing it again.”
HOW REFRESHING !!!
A parent that rightly blames her spawn for being and idiot rather than blaming the car driver and trying to sue.
"I don’t have much sympathy for him and I don’t think he’ll be doing it again.” HOW REFRESHING !!! A parent that rightly blames her spawn for being and idiot rather than blaming the car driver and trying to sue. Roy Orbit
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