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Cyclist down - Corstorphine Rd Murrayfield - 10/05/12

(67 posts)

  1. spytfyre
    Member

    Hopefully when (ADMIN EDIT name removed for privacy - just in case he prefers that) gets out of hospital he reads this and can send me a PM to get the bike unlocked. It's not badly damaged, the seat was twisted and the front mud guard arms had come loose but otherwise I think it faired better than the rider.

    On my merry (wet) way to the water of leith I could see hazard lights and some people on the road. I carried on to see if I could put my new first aid to use.

    Car had pulled out of junction and he'd gone over bonnet and landed on right side. Guessing she had pulled out of Murrayfield Ave in a hurry probably turning right as you don't get many gaps...

    Driver and witnesses had already stopped. Taxis and cars beeping and squeezing past (2 feet away from my shoulder as I knelt beside him) - idiots.

    Thankfully he was awake and nothing obviously broken or bleeding. There was a qualified nurse there so I didn't have ot take charge, a doctor appeared too but had to get away to surgery(!)
    Local laundrette and passers by provided towels and even better a picnic blanket with a waterproof backing to cover him with.

    While holding his neck we were talking to him about where he was on his way to. Work, Dundee St, he works in traffic management planning
    I joked that this junction needs some work then - he said it was already on the list (hopefully it'll get bumped up the list now that one of their own was knocked off)
    I mentioned I worked in Heriot-Watt Union with a guy who did that... he said "That would be me"
    What a way to meet someone you knew from the past. Kneeling in the road holding his neck still.

    Ambulance arrived pretty quickly, got his neck in a brace after snipping his snood in half, he joked he needed a new one anyway.
    I spied his bike and asked if he needed it chained up, he doesn't have a chain so I used mine hence hoping he can get in touch, failing that I will try to track down his office and take it there but I reckon it will be a few weeks before he needs it again. No serious damage either just the twisted saddle and the loose mud guard like I said

    Hope you recover quick (ADMIN EDIT name removed for privacy - just in case he prefers that) and get in touch. We can meet up in the Roseburn for a pint before walking to the bike

    Posted 9 years ago #
  2. wingpig
    Member

    I can lend you a spare lock and chain in the meantime if you'll be needing it...

    Posted 9 years ago #
  3. Alternatively I can take the car to retrieve the bike and store it in my garage till needed? Get the word out on the wires and I'm sure we can get him in the picture?

    Well done Spitters, at least nice to know it's not more serious.

    Posted 9 years ago #
  4. spytfyre
    Member

    nah, got a spare at home for tomorrow - plus it's in the bike shed at DH anyway so I'm not that worried

    Posted 9 years ago #
  5. kaputnik
    Moderator

    Gayfield Police station has a bike shed where they keep lost bikes, they might be able to take custody of it for the guy?

    Posted 9 years ago #
  6. kaputnik
    Moderator

    P.S. yes, well done Spytfyre, if I'm ever so unfortunate as to get taken off my bike, I hope there are good citizens like yourself around to sort me out. Positive that the guy was in good humour.

    Posted 9 years ago #
  7. spytfyre
    Member

    I spoke to the police on site they said they could take it but as I'd already spoken to the owner (and know him) I'll look after it, I can take it back to my garage tonight, will throw it in the bike stand at the weekend and check it over unless I can convince my buddy Nick at Freewheelin to give it a better check than my lame skills.
    If I can't get in touch with him I'll take it down to the suggested station (Gayfield?) and they should have his details from the accident to get him back to it so it should all be good.

    Posted 9 years ago #
  8. chdot
    Admin

    "
    L&B Police (@LBP_Police)

    10/05/2012 10:41

    @CyclingEdin Cyclist has been taken to hospital, injuries are not thought to be serious at this time. Thanks for contacting us.

    "

    Posted 9 years ago #
  9. MeepMeep
    Member

    Jeezo, best wishes for a speedy recovery.

    How many more drivers need to take out cyclists before they all start looking out for ALL forms road users, rather than just the headlights of other vehicles in weather like this?

    Posted 9 years ago #
  10. spytfyre
    Member

    @chdot - "injuries are not thought to be serious at this time"
    Thanks for the update :)

    Posted 9 years ago #
  11. Biker nurse
    Member

    Hi spytfire i do hope (ADMIN EDIT name removed for privacy - just in case he prefers that) gets in touch an if there is anything else i can do to help let me know, your fellow attendee on scene and qualified nurse.
    Also well done Spytfyre for your first aiding today and more so for stopping and offering to assist. Your assistance was appreciated. I couldn't believe the idiots squeezing past us beeping as they were being held up by an injured man lying in the middle of the road!! It's idiocy beyond belief. Good write up and hopefully the pint with (ADMIN EDIT name removed for privacy - just in case he prefers that) will happen fairly soon.

    Posted 9 years ago #
  12. chdot
    Admin

    Welcome Biker nurse

    Is this social networking??

    Posted 9 years ago #
  13. Biker nurse
    Member

    Hi
    No idea about social networking, not a big online person, but thought it would be a good forum for myself and cyclist friends to join and keep an eye on. Unfortunite circumstances surrounding me finding this forum and wish it was in better ones but glad I have :)

    Posted 9 years ago #
  14. spytfyre
    Member

    Crikey - hello Biker Nurse, thanks for being there.
    Oddly enough the last time I had first aid training it was only "emergency" first aid and a 4 hour course, shortly after I was on honeymoon in Antigua and from the beach restaurant could see some commotion further along the beach, said to my wife "I've got to try" when I got there it was a local boy who had basically drowned after an epilepsy fit in the water (apparently very common there) there were already 6 nurses around him who asked what training I had, said they had a combined 50 years of experience but thanks for offering, they later came to the restaurant to say I had been brave. Not at all - just got to do what you can, was lucky then and was lucky today someone with more training than me was there. In a city this size it's not surprising someone passing by will be a nurse or doctor (it was nice of the doctor with the white shoes with orange button (that's pretty much all I could see from my kneeling position) to check in too especially as she was 10 minutes away from something that sounded very important)

    I tell you what though. If my job goes down the toilet I think I could happily retrain as a Paramedic...

    Posted 9 years ago #
  15. Biker nurse
    Member

    Well maybe I'll see you at paramedic training school in a couple of years time, although I hope your job doesn't go down the toilet. The doctor who stopped was late for her rotation in a hospital ward and thought we were doing a good enough job (which is always nice to know). By the time I train I'm really hoping cyclists will manage to get some changes on the Edinburgh roads to make it a bit safer for us all out there. (I'm a woose and stick to the cycle path!) the less paramedics are called to these incidents the better :)

    Posted 9 years ago #
  16. spytfyre
    Member

    Well the rider was actually in the business of road layout planning, remarkable. Perhaps if he joins up here we could have a direct ear into the plans? That would be nice.
    I was thinking he could use the canal from Ratho in to Fountainbridge (it's what I would do) maybe he has tried it and decided against it (or it's a long way from Ratho to the canal for him)

    Posted 9 years ago #
  17. Kirst
    Member

    When you say traffic management in Dundee Street, are you talking about a council employee? Cos if so I should be able to get his details from HR and get info to him about the bike if need be.

    Posted 9 years ago #
  18. spytfyre
    Member

    @Kirst - he may be a council employee I'm not sure. Does the council have offices on Dundee street - can you check on the internal directory first? I can PM you his first initial and surname if that helps.
    @Biker nurse - you have Private Messages - (check the link up top of the page)

    Posted 9 years ago #
  19. DaveC
    Member

    Wow, sad incident. Well done Spytfyre & Bike Nurse for being able to help out. I do hope the injured cyclist makes a full & speedy recovery.

    Posted 9 years ago #
  20. kaputnik
    Moderator

    I'm not first aid trained, but if I ever came across an accident like this I would be more than happy to stand in the road to keep passing traffic away and glare at anyone who even so much as thought about using their horn while more capable individuals get down to treating the casualty.

    Can't believe how some people would react around an injured human being. Pathetic.

    Posted 9 years ago #
  21. Kirst
    Member

    Yeah, pm me and I'll check. Won't be at a desk again til 3ish but will check then.

    Posted 9 years ago #
  22. Tom
    Member

    You're not meant to move the injured person unless they are in danger.

    Posted 9 years ago #
  23. spytfyre
    Member

    Yes Tom - the nurse straightened his leg and moved his arm up onto his chest. We didn't move his head or back. The paramedics used a split stretched which meant he didn't have to be lifted onto it too.

    Posted 9 years ago #
  24. DaveS
    Member

    Hi folks - that was me this morning. You'll all be pleased to know that nothing's broken and apart from a few bumps and bruises I'm fine. I'm back at my desk and have immediately set to work redesigning that junction!

    Thanks to spytfyre and Biker nurse and everyone else who helped me out this morning. It's good to know that there are some decent folk in Edinburgh who will stop and help. Usually I only get to meet idiot drivers during my morning commute, so I was really surprised at the number of people who rallied round to help. Thanks again everyone.

    Posted 9 years ago #
  25. chdot
    Admin

    And A VERY warm welcome to CCE.

    "I'm back at my desk"

    That's dedication!

    "have immediately set to work redesigning that junction"

    I'm sure you'll bring added insight...

    Posted 9 years ago #
  26. Tom
    Member

    DaveS, glad you're not too badly hurt.

    spytfyre, Sorry, my comment was meant to be directed towards the driver behaviour as mentioned by kaputnik, not your actions.

    Posted 9 years ago #
  27. Min
    Member

    Good news DaveS. Hope you are not too sore in the morning. Ibuprofen may be needed. :-)

    Posted 9 years ago #
  28. Another Dave??!?!?! Mind if we call you Dave to avoid confusion[/monty python]

    As chdot says, that's dedication being back at your desk - welcome to CCE, just wish it could have been found under better circumstances!

    Posted 9 years ago #
  29. chdot
    Admin

    "Another Dave??!?!?!"

    It's all right - one of them is off to NZ!

    Posted 9 years ago #
  30. No no no, that's both our Steves...

    Posted 9 years ago #

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