4 days ago my 92 year-old mother-in-law was knocked down by a cyclist while returning home from her usual morning walk. She was walking on the pavement. According to witnesses, three teenage boys were cycling furiously behind her.
One of them tinkled his bell but my mother-in-law couldn't react in time because she was old and slow. She fell forward, cutting the left side of her head on the sharp edge of the pavement. She was minutes away from home.
When I rushed to the scene, she was in a daze, blood was still oozing from the cut, her face and blouse were covered in blood. The boys had fled. With the help of some passer-by, I sent her to the hospital where she needed 11 stitches to close the wound. Half of her face is also bruised.
I was in a rage.
For the past 4 days I have been lying in wait with a baseball bat for those boys. These louts not only sped on a pavement and caused grievous hurt to an elderly pedestrian, they fled without stopping to help her. What if there were nobody around and she bled to death?
There is nothing an injured pedestrian can do if she's knocked down by a cyclist. My MIL couldn't identify the culprit. The boys might be lying low after this accident but if I catch them, I'm going to bash their brains out.
It isn't safe to walk on the pavement these days. Once my hubby arrived outside my son's school, just in time to witness a teenage boy speeding towards my son who was happily walking towards his father. Almost knocking down my son, he braked in time and started hurling vulgarities at my son for blocking his path.
When my hubby accosted him, the boy had the gall and audacity to be aggressive and challenged my hubby to a fight! Another 2 teenage cyclists came to join their friend and they started taunting and jeering my hubby. My hubby just left with our son.
Just a few months back, my family was walking to the nearby coffee shop for breakfast when a young boy (about 11 years old) rammed his bicycle into my son. He saw us but he didn't slow down nor changed his track. I was walking beside my son but stepped behind him when I saw the young cyclist approaching.
We didn't expect the boy to behave this way. Furious, I grabbed the boy's bike and scolded him. Had my hubby not interfered, I would have dragged him into the police station nearby. When the boy rode away, he screamed, "KNLBCCB!!!" (vulgar language). This is really sickening and infuriating!
It is a traffic offence to ride a bicycle on a pavement. That is covered by Rule 28 of the Road Traffic Rules, enacted in 1981.
But cyclists think that they have the right to ride on the pavement, they routinely use the pavements because they claim that roads are too busy and dangerous.
Cyclists don't need to be licensed. There is no legal requirement to have insurance. They are expected to behave in a responsible manner. But so far I have seen none of that.
Some 'top talent' in our civil service is even exploring the idea of letting cyclists cycle on our pedestrian walkways. This is because of a rising death and injury toll among cyclists cycling on our roads. They probably think that injuring the pedestrians (usually the poor and old) would be better than having expensive cars dented........... KYLBCCB!!!