Cyclist catapulted from traffic calming device: 'Everyone is denying responsibility' (From Times Series)
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Cyclist catapulted from traffic calming device in Hendon: 'Everyone is denying responsibility'
Authorities are refusing to accept responsibility after a man was catapulted off his bike while cycling over an ill-fitted traffic-calming device in Hendon.
Seventy-six-year-old David Ancketill was riding his bike to the shops when his wheels caught on the loose rubber tubing in Greyhound Hill, Hendon, just before the junction with the A41.
Mr Ancketill, who lives in Sunnyfields Road, said: “The tubing is used near lines in the road to detect the speed of traffic but it was about five-and-a-half inches above the road like a tightrope. It catapulted the bike violently and I fell.
“Suddenly and inexplicably my face was in the asphalt. I was dazed and bloodied from wounds to my face.”
Mr Ancketill, who has been a keen cyclist for 65 years, suffered concussion and tinnitus, which keeps him awake at night.
He said: “I desperately want to find out who is responsible so that it doesn’t happen again but so far everyone is denying any responsibility.”
The incident happened in July 2012 and to this day Mr Ancketill has had no success.
For just over one year he employed a lawyer to look into the matter but the firm recently pulled out saying it could not carry on with the case because nobody would admit liability.
The Times Series contacted Barnet Borough Council, Transport for London and police, but all have denied any involvement.
A spokesman for TfL said: “The roads are not TfL roads – they are local authority. We have been told we don’t commission or use that kind of equipment.”
But a spokesman for the council said: “We think it’s TfL.”
The Metrolitan Police’s Road Traffic Unit simply said it is not something they are involved with.
Mr Ancketill added: “I think it’s outrageous all these people are simply denying responsibility. I just want to find out who is responsible or something like this could happen again.”
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