Fire commander appeals for better bike safety after dashcam shows near-miss
A fire officer from Hereford and Worcester Fire & Rescue Service is appealing for cycling awareness and safety after capturing a near-miss incident with a child cyclist.
Group Commander Robert Allen was driving along the A38 near Bromsgrove in Worcestershire when a child cyclist crossed the road without stopping to check it was safe.
A quick response, advanced driving skills, and the fact that he was driving below the speed limit of 60 mph meant that GC Allen was able to brake and bring the vehicle safely to a stop and avoid any collision.
He explained why he made the dashcam video public: "Today a child rode out in front of me, across the road, without looking! I wasn't sure whether to post the footage, but if it stops a child from being killed on the road it's worthwhile.
"It's currently perfect summer holiday weather for kids to be enjoying being out an about on their bikes – but I shared this video to reinforce the messages about staying safe and being vigilant while cycling on main roads, and also wearing a cycling helmet."
"There is no intention to name and shame the boy – just to use the incident as a warning that a moment of concentration can ensure an incident-free summer holiday."
So far the footage has been viewed more than 11,000 times on Twitter and is now also available across other social media platforms.
View the footage on YouTube. NB © HWFRS