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Flat-out cyclist gets backs up at area forum meeting

By Burton Mail  |  Posted: October 27, 2012

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A CYCLIST who travels around South Derbyshire on a high-tech bike will ‘kill himself or someone else’, a community meeting has heard.

The man criss-crosses the roads around Repton on a recumbent cycle, where the rider pedals in a lying position, a configuration which is supposedly more comfortable and more aerodynamic than traditional bikes.

But the low position of the machine means it is difficult for other road users to spot, according to attendees at the latest Safer Neighbourhood meeting for the area.

Michael Stanton, who represents Repton on South Derbyshire District Council, said he had a close encounter with the cyclist when emerging from the driveway of his home in Ticknall in his pick-up truck.

He told the meeting: “I was about to pull out when I noticed this wire going past the bonnet with a pennant on it, then I saw this fellow go past lying on his back in a cylindrical type object.

“If it had been one second later I would have killed him. If he gets killed it probably serves him right, but the problem is, he may end up killing or injuring someone else.”

Councillor Stanton’s colourful description of the episode provoked laughter from the audience at Milton Village Hall, but another attendee said the issue should be treated seriously.

The man, who asked not to be named, said the same cyclist had recently collided with the back of his tractor and was now claiming £9,000 compensation as he had to import replacement parts from Australia.The man said: “We see a lot of cyclists on the road and it’s not a problem because we keep out of their way and they keep out of ours, but we just can’t see this guy. He’s out of control.”

The meeting heard the cyclist was routinely followed in a van by his wife, who filmed him ‘for his own protection’ because of the abuse he received from other road users.

However, the bike was entirely legal and taking action against its owner was difficult unless there was evidence he had breached traffic law.

Police Sergeant Steve Todd, safer neighbourhood officer for the area, told the meeting: “If we have evidence of offences we could act, but just cycling down the road on that vehicle is perfectly legal.”

Speaking after the meeting, Councillor Stanton said the cyclist risked killing himself or others and suggested he would be ‘better off going to Dignitas’ — the Swiss clinic which carries out assisted suicide.

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  • Burton Mail  |  November 28 2012, 1:03PM

    Even in the red neck anti cyclist atmosphere of our backward little country, the arrogance and ignorance shown by Councillor Stanton leave me utterly speechless.

  • Burton Mail  |  November 15 2012, 5:34PM

    Disgusting comments from someone who's forgotten that he's a public servant (probably thinks he's he's too important). And the others laughed! Unbelievable, it's like bullying in the school playground.

  • Burton Mail  |  November 12 2012, 2:48PM

    Disgusting bigotry and prejudice. He should know better. As with other readers, I am glad that I do not live anywhere near these people.

  • Burton Mail  |  November 07 2012, 4:04PM

    He admits he would have killed him.This man should go to prison....I suggest he goes to Dignitas before he kills someone.

  • Burton Mail  |  November 07 2012, 12:29AM

    I think councillor Stanton should resign for making such comments as it serves someone right if they die or should commit suicide just because he nearly missed another road user, If calling a pleb a pleb is good enough reason to force someone to resign then this certainly is

  • Burton Mail  |  November 06 2012, 10:15AM

    I have seen this cyclist using the roads in and around repton ticknall area.To put it charitably and mildly he does not seem be in control of the contraption which is called a bike.To be honest i really beleive he is in danger of coming a cropper if he is not a lot more carefull than he is being.

  • Burton Mail  |  November 04 2012, 3:02AM

    That Councillor has all but admitted failing to check that the road was clear before pulling out. Maybe the police could prosecute him? To say that it serves someone right if they get killed when they are in a legal vehicle, performing a legal activity and have right of way is absolutely scandalous. The other correspondents here are right, what if there was a child or someone in a wheelchair passing the front of this arrogant man's pick-up truck as he failed to corectly observe the traffic when he pulled out? I'd like to see what he'd say then. And as for the Dignitas comment, what prompted that? Who is next in his firing line? All registered disabled people, or maybe short people, left handed people, black people, or gay people, or anyone who doesn't drive a pick-up truck?

  • Burton Mail  |  November 03 2012, 10:16PM

    Councillor Stanton reminds me of the MP who called a policeman a pleb, he should suffer the same fate. Nobody has the right to back out of their drive without looking properly first. Mind you the cyclist is very brave, if it were me I would have a mast front and back of my recumbent and bunting in between. Keep pedaling on!

  • Burton Mail  |  November 03 2012, 4:54PM

    Condemned out of your own mouth, Councillor. You clearly didn't look before preparing to ull out. What else is there to say?

  • Burton Mail  |  November 03 2012, 2:57PM

    1 assume from the dispicable comments by this Stanton fellow that he's also one of the farmers that wants to kill off all the Badgers i wondered what the likes of him would want to kill next well it seems its disabled people. What a idiot.

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