AN OSWESTRY GP fined for careless driving after driving into the path of a cyclist has urged other cyclists to wear visibility aids.
Dr Wendy Dyke told Flintshire Magistrates’ Court she wished her fine could go towards promoting cycling safety in North Wales, adding that she wished she could have changed places with the victim.
The 54-year-old of Archways, Morda Road, was fined £400 with £125 costs after she admitted driving her black Ford Focus without due care and attention on the B5070 Holyhead Road at Chirk on June 13.
After the fine had been imposed she produced high visibility arm bands from her handbag and said they would provide far greater visibility for cyclists.
Prosecutor Justin Espie played a video film of the crash scene at the junction which showed the defendant turning right into Station Avenue, behind another vehicle, into the path of on-coming cyclist Robert William Davies.
“She failed to give way to the cyclist and collided with him,” he explained.
Representing herself, she said she was a careful and experienced driver with a clean licence who drove 16,000 miles a year as part of her work as a GP.
On the day, she said she was not distracted or speeding, was glad that she was able to stop immediately and that serious injury was avoided, but that the cyclist was wearing black and was against black railings and there had been a dark shadow from a badly sited tree on the pavement edge.
She added that her view as she turned was also blocked by the car ahead of her.
“I wish I had been on the bike and that Mr Davies had been the car driver,” Dyke said. “I am younger and I would have recovered quicker.”
Outside court Dyke, a GP for 32 years, stressed that she was not criticising the cyclist in any way, but high visibility arm bands made a big difference if cyclists were wearing black and if he had been wearing some then the accident might not have happened.