Man down!

I’m very sad to hear that in the last 48 hours, local cyclist and partner of top local blogger Linda Mason (self styled ‘Mad old baggage’, although she doesn’t seem that mad to me), Aiden McHaffie has been injured in a car accident in central Birmingham on a frankly awful commute. It’s always heart-wrenching to hear of cycling accidents, and this one is even worse, as like many folk, I’ve been following Aiden’s Tumblr journal ‘Getting there’ – yesterdays post on which is pretty sobering reading.

Both Linda and Aiden have written frankly and emotionally on their blogs.

I’d like to wish Aiden and Linda all the very best. Neither of them seem to have had the best of luck lately, both having been laid low with ailments – so it’s really sad to see yet another of fate’s blows strike. I’m glad to hear that there are top legal bods from British Cycling involved, and hope the elbow will mend soon.

As soon as you can, old chap, get back on the bike, but do get well soon first. Thinking of you both. And to all my cycling readers – be careful. There are some right arseholes about. Trust nobody.

Be careful out there.

Linda always writes passionately and beautifully. This one really seers. Click on the image to visit her post.

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8 Responses to Man down!

  1. Bless you Bob (as I wipe away the tears) and thank you for your kind wishes, which are truly appreciated. I’ve said it before in private but I’ll say it again now in public, you’re a star.

  2. Thank you for your kind comments Bob. I really am in good hands at the moment. As for the cycling, If it is possible I will get back out there.

  3. Ian says:

    Bloody nora, hope you feel a lot better, quickly Aiden. I read your Blog thinking you’d tow the party line and say how wonderful the nurses were etcetc but alas sadly not, you have been let down terribly.
    Thinking of you.

  4. martin says:

    I could have imagined this, but I’m sure I read somewhere that it is the general priciple in motoring law in europe that the driver of the powered vehicle is automatically at fault when in any kind of incident with a cyclist (a bit like the ‘powered craft give way to sail’ thing that boaty types do), unless they can prove the cyclist was at fault, negligent or suicidal.

    This means that motorists grow up taking more care of cyclists and tend to hit them a bit less often.

    In Britain, of course, the motorist is king and it’s your fault, you silly cyclist, for denting my shiny bonnet with your skull.
    I wonder if we stand any chance of changing that?

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