Cycling accident leads to compensation claim

Cycling accident leads to compensation claim 2730

A cycling accident that left a woman with a serious ankle injury has resulted in compensation claim being launched against Southend Council.

Karen Stanley is seeking damages from the local authority after she dislocated her ankle while on a bike ride along the seafront in Marine Parade last month, the Echo reports.

The 51-year-old - who lives in Brentwood - was visiting Southend for a cycle ride with her husband Neil and got injured when she tripped over a small curb running through the revamped City Beach area.

Ms Stanley, who fell after pulling over for three cars behind her, will be in plaster for a total of six weeks due to the severity of her injury and also had to cancel a holiday in Menorca.

In the new City Beach region - the overhaul of which cost some £7.6 million and was completed in march this year - pedestrians, cyclists and drivers are all supposed to mix freely and safely.

However, many people who use the area believe the markings to separate vehicles and pedestrians are not clear enough, which leads to uncertainty and potential safety hazards.

For instance, in some parts of City Beach, the pavements run in a smooth slope from the road while in others there is a visible step up on to the walking surface.

Indeed, Ms Stanley told the news source that as well as pursuing a personal injury claim against the council, she will also lodge an appeal for more signs and road markings to be installed in the areas to help "define the boundaries".

"We feel this whole shared space concept the council loves is very confusing and, with five different-coloured stone blocks and the road surface, it's very difficult to know what is flush with the pathway or where the kerbs are," she commented.

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04/09/2012 16:36