Rear ended by 15 + tonnes of Metal tends to change your point of view , about riding a bike on a MARKED CYCLE LANE , in Central london ! The 2nd May Traffic Violence visited on me , as i rode west along Wadsworth Road , heading for Oxon and then Manchester Area , has resulted in TFL admitting LIABILITY !
Had i been driving a car at that time , it would have been repaired by now ! As a 2nd class Citizen , that is a VULNERABLE ROAD USER , i am still awaiting better than the offer of CASH TOWARDS the purchase of replacement garments ! The thugs that work for TFL , have decided that i need to offer receipts , for the PURCHASE of the Garments and DESTROYED/Damaged Equipment ! Seems that the photos i took of the garments after i peeled them off myself , were not good enough ? Had the Mobile Police Unit Van been carrying a camera , and photoed me sitting on the pavement , even a 2yo child would have concluded that these were the same items !
Having started in Austria on the Monday of that week and ridden in Italy , Switzerland , France and then the UK , those items would have been used more than once . Since in 17 seasons of riding the routes of the ProWorld Tours , i carry only one change of Cycling Suit , it would be fairly clear to even the simple minded , that the Cycling Suit would start out in GOOD REPAIR ! So why do we have these MENTAL RETARDS telling me that they cannot replace the items ? THEY ARE TOTALLY BEREFT OF HUMANITY !
CHEAPSKATES that they are , they treat Cyclists as if they are the destitute seeking a handout !
Leon Daniels of TFL emailed me to seek details that i had already disclosed on Social Media Sites , guess he wanted his own copy of what i had relayed elsewhere . Since then the Lawyers that i had the misfortune to contact have asked me NOT TO CONTACT him any further ! Had they been working for me , as they are supposed to be , then they would have produced results by now ? Cosying up to the " enemy " , guess they have many more cases involving TFL , does not sit well with me . Take the cash , is their request !
Since ALL my Garments were " Donated/sponsored " , TFL are NOT getting receipts ! THEY have been advised of the Sponsors donating , so THEY can get on the EMAIL and get the details required to resolve the replacement issue ! The same applies to the Equipment , apart from the camera , for which i doubt i can locate the purchase document ?
So many shops display " Break it , YOU pay for It "! Seems TFL can destroy ANYTHING , then siddle up and whisper in your ear , " We'll give you 10c on the $ " , and the VICTIM will roll over and let them pick their pocket ? WHAT A CROCK of SH#te !
The same weekend that i suffered , a couple of blokes set out from the Manchester Area on a Charity Ride for " Help4Heroes " ! They only made it to south of London before being Hospitalised with severe trauma injuries . Had i arrived in Manchester Area on the Saturday morning , i may well have joined the Seamons Group that rode a part of the way to see them off ? As it was , i was virtually immobile from the trauma to my left hand side due to being tossed aside like a rag doll by a vehicle in the charge of someone that was given a day off as a reward for " Driving the vehicle "!
Those Guys , were also advised that their perp. , was rewarded with a day off for his inability to control the vehicle left in his charge ! Seems that unless you are DEAD , the Met. Police feel that a "day off "is a suitable way to deal with injured Cyclists ! Surely a " driver Improvement Course " comes BEFORE you take to the roads with a licence to drive anything bigger than a car ? With Unions being as beligerent as they are , it is likely that each of these drivers , were PAID for the day off , as they were on an Educational Course!
GOT IT NOW ?
Victims SUFFER !
PERP.s are REWARDED !
Justice is supposed to be BLIND !
Not DUMB and STUPID !
This was my email to the " Case Manager " at Met. Police who THINKS he is doing GOOD !
Copied this email to this site : www.facebook.com/groups/StopKillingCyclists , when replying to a comment therein :
" Segregation can be the ONLY answer , when TFL D/deck buses are allowed/encouraged to RAM Cyclists that happen to be on Marked Cycle Lanes in front of them ! Fany a day off Mr F#ckwit TFL Driver ? Just ram a Cyclist , then you get a " Paid Day Off " on a " Driver Improvement Course" , courtesy of your friendly PC Plod ! He rides a bike to work and rest assured if HE gets Rammed , the TFL D/deck driver will have MORE to answer for that negligence ! Cyclists are treated as 2nd class Citizens , just as are those with a darker skin ? Cyclists are treated as 2nd Class Citizens , just as those with the need for the Soup Kitchen ? This Cyclist was treated just as SHABBILY as the 2 Manchester Riders , who set out for Rome in support of " Help4Heroes "! The Traffic Violence Perps. were rewarded with a paid day off , to attend a " Driver Improvement Course "! As the victims , theManchester Men got plenty of enforced Bed Rest , i still suffer the inconvenience and discomfort of the elbow injury !
My letter in response to the Met. police advising me that the Traffic Violence TERRORIST passed his " Q & A course " recently ......................................................................................................................
." Totally ignoring my previous Email , means that i have NO REGRETS about advising the world about YOUR abismal efforts on my behalf ! That YOU failed to show even the courtesy of inquiring after my HEALTH , demonstrates that you are worthy of the title " Mr jobsworth "!!
Together with the TFL Personnel that i have had occasion to deal with , i regard you as little better than the dross at the bottom of the barrel !
I am not alone in being treated to this cavalier attitude , since i saw that 2 Manchester Area Men , were treated to the same disregard , when skittled by a trucker , whilst riding from Manchester to Rome , in support of the " Help4Heroes Charity " !
When you find yourself mown down by 15 tonnes of metal , forgive me if i hope it is by someone that your organisation , gave a " Day Off " , to revise " Skills " required BEFORE being allowed to turn on the ignition of the vehicle that they had become licenced to drive !
That both the attending Inspector and Sargeant , that attended my "TRAFFIC VIOLENCE Incident ", they Cycle to work , took the time to see that my Incident was properly documented to ensure a SUCCESSFUL PROSECUTION , and YOU and YOUR colleagues have SNUBBED their efforts , speak volumes for the current " Sweep under the carpet " attitude that prevails towards Victims of TFL Traffic Violence !
The Met. Police have an " Anti Terrorism Unit " to safeguard the Citizens of London , who would be better employed dealing with those that TERRORISE CYCLISTS !
When 9 Cyclists were KILLED in November 2013 , the Met. Police solution was " Operation Safeguard "! Great effort to solve the problem ? Since when did VEHICLES have the right to RAM Cyclists off the road ? Releasing Police Officers , not properly aware of the UK Laws about CYCLING , on a STOP Cyclists Exercise , to TELL THEM that they should be wearing Helmets and Wearing High Vis. garments , none of which are required by the Highway Code , OR , UK Laws , demonstrates a level of STUPIDITY that is also demonstrated by giving a TFL Bus Driver a " PAID HOLIDAY " for ramming a Cyclist , and thus causing 5 months ( so Far ) of pain & suffering !
YOU think you are finished with this matter ?
Think AGAIN , jobsworth !
Your Superiors will find the Blogs generated , UNCOMFORTABLE Reading ! No doubt the Tourism London people will be squirming when i finish reminding them of my efforts at Ponferrada , where i showed off the garments destroyed by the " Friendly driver from TFL " , who thought that Lunch would be improved by RAMMING a Cyclist !
Under is the email , previously sent , just so YOU can avoid claiming that it was unseen !
from: "skippy mc carthy" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: MY REPLY Re: LX/1501386/2014/CH CONFIRM Receipt of Email THIS TIME !
Date: Sat 08/16/14 11:52 AM
SO Disgusted with the reply , which no doubt , was not your decision , that i sent the following through the Facebook Social Media Page : www.facebook.com/metpoliceuk
" Attn Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe
Commisioner of Metropolitan Police
As Commisioner of Metropolitan Police you have a considerable Pool of Talent available to deal with the myriad of Incidents that fall within your purview .
No doubt there are some that fall below the Level of Expertise that you would normally demand ?
The matter i now call your attention to , was attended by a Mini Bus full of your Met. Police Officers , who would have had every opportunity to gather sufficient evidence on the scene , to secure the conviction of the offending TFL Bus Driver ! Had i as a vehicle driver behaved in the same manner , i would no doubt have been issued with paperwork immediately , for at the minimum " Driving without due care and attention ", perhaps even speeding or passing too close to a Cyclist ? However because the vehicle is operated by a member of the TFL Consortia , the Inspector Beresford , or his Sargeant may have instructed the Woman Constable to only take down details , for later consideration ?
As far as anyone is concerned the Traffic Violence inflicted on me was due to my deciding to use that road to pass through London ? In the letter sent to me , there is a definite presumption that i deserve no better , for having decided to be a Bike Tourist in London !
After the November 2013 Cyclist deaths , your Police Force scored considerable Publicity with " Operation safeguard " , wherein Cyclists received countless numbers of " FPN " for a variety of offences , some of those offences in contradiction of the " ACPO guide lines "!
When was ramming a Cyclist in the rear on a " Marked CYCLE Lane " that passes a traffic Island , NOT an open & shut reason for a charge to be immediately imposed ? Attempted Manslaughter , Grevious Bodily Harm , etc , when using a FIST , but using 15 ton of a Metal blunt object , that is OKAY ?
Regretably this PATHETIC Example of " Fair Treatment " is not the only Traffic Violence that received the same treatment as shown in this Tweet/article : " Pedals for medals @Pedalsformedals May 5
@Dean_Bousfield, we will be going again, but we will need time to regroup and 'unfold' our bikes and bodies! @HelpforHeroes
So a Charity Group of " Ex Military Guys ( http://pedalsformedals.com/ ) " get wiped out by " Sleeping Driver " , they go to Hospital ( see Photo attached ) andd HE goes to a " Driver Improvement Course ! FAIR DEAL ? Well to the Admin Staff at the CPS ? YAWN ! To the attending Police Officers ? Frustration ?
Unless i am informed by return email / Tweet / other , that your office will review the matter URGENTLY , i will have to do as so many others have done , to have the matter reopened , in order to see the Driver Convicted , seek the services of the " IPCC " .
As you will see from the attachment below my signature , TFL are well known as a source of Misery to the Victims of their ongoing Traffic Violence :
M. Mc Carthy
No doubt , if there are conscientious people running that Facebook page , a copy will be on his desk on Monday ? Should i not receive your confirmation of this email by close of business on Monday , then i shall be following these examples :
http://saferoxfordstreet.blogspot.co.at/2013/12/protecting-their-own-what-i-learned.html IPCC by MP?
The Met’s “re-investigation” of my case compelled by the IPCC simply confirmed that everything Met had done to investigate my collision had been carried out “within standard operating procedures” which - apparently - include:
Not interviewing the victim of a KSI collision involving a TfL bus during the formal investigation phase
Not revisiting the site of the collision during the IPCC-mandated reinvestigation
Not reconstructing the collision...ever.
Not collecting available CCTV evidence in time so it is destroyed
Not reviewing or analysing CCTV evidence (unless two years later and only if compelled to by the IPCC counts)
Not contacting key witnesses (even two years later and even though the Mayor's office managed to do so)
Not reviewing available CCTV evidence to see if it corroborates any witness statements.
I have ridden my Bike at ProWorld Road Race Major Cycle Tour Events for the past 17 seasons , i did not spend the first 4 months of 2014 preparing to be cheated of success by some 2 bit TFL bus driver , who was probably speeding to his lunch !
You had better have ALL your ducks in a row , because i will be looking for a conviction of something more noteworthy than "Careless Driving "!
M. Mc Carthy
--- Colin.E.Harris@met.pnn.police.uk wrote:
Date: Fri, 15 Aug 2014 09:19:59 +0000
Dear Mr McCarthy,
I am writing in regards to the accident you were involved in on 2nd May 2014 in Wandsworth Road, SW8.
Evidence suggests that the bus driver was at fault for the incident. It has been decided that the bus driver will be offered a place on a driver improvement course. If he fails the course or declines to attend we will proceed with court action against him for driving without due care and attention.
Please see attached letter. I have also posted a letter to you.
Traffic Criminal Justice OCU
AS IF " jobsworth " cares about what happens to me , during the period that HE claims that the "Traffic Violence Perp " is supposed to be under scrutiny ?
Oh , by the way , the Giro was announced today ! Was going to discuss how it will impact my 2015 Plans , but that will be later !