Cyclist injured in Old Shoreham Road crash

Posted On 05 Oct 2021 at 3:54 pm

A cyclist injured in a crash on the Old Shoreham Road. Picture by Dominic Forristal

A cyclist has been left with minor injuries after a crash with a car on the Old Shoreham Road this morning.

The cyclist, a Just Eat delivery man, was riding near the junction with Olive Road when the crash happened just before 10am this morning.

An hour later, emergency services were still at the scene.

A cycle lane separated by wands along the Old Shoreham Road was removed last month after Labour and Conservative councillors voted to scrap it following complaints from motorists.

The picture was taken by Dominic Forristal, who said that the rider’s Just Eat colleagues were also at the scene to make sure their colleague was okay.

He said: “My daughter has stopped cycling from Portslade to her school at Cardinal Newman along there because of harassment from drivers.

“As a driver, I haven’t noticed any reduction in journey times.”

A police spokesman said: “Emergency services were called to reports of a car colliding with a cyclist in Old Shoreham Road in Hove at 9.55am on Tuesday (October 6).

“The cyclist was treated for minor injuries by the ambulance service at the junction with Olive Road.”

  1. Some guy Reply

    I did wonder how long this would take.

    • Chaz. Reply

      There was a car accident yesterday also along OSR, any comment then?
      So let us wait and see what the reason was and hope he is OK.
      They power along with the e-bikes, so no jumping to Green conclusions.

  2. Christopher Hawtree Reply

    This is shocking. I never understood why some residents objected to the cycle lane when one life saved is well worth it. Not to mention the fact that such exercise prolongs life. There is a need to look further at Olive Road (which has an effect upon those who live in Isabel Crescent, a green space of which perhaps more could be made with further planting).

    • Peter Challis Reply

      Perhaps let the reason for the accident be identified before jumping to conclusions. Was it driver or cyclistaT fault? Was any dash cam or cycle cam data available? What did the police think the cause, or do you automatically blame motorists?

      If it had happened elsewhere where there has never been a cycle lane would you make the same emotive comments? What do Just Eat cyclists do when cycle lanes end – get off and push?

      And with regard to the gentleman’s daughter, perhaps the alternative paths suggested by the council’s cycle route planner might be more applicable – perhaps via Neville Avenue, Hove Park and Hove Rec?

      • Nancy Sprode Reply

        I don’t think anyone’s going to answer your questions, Peter. You’re shouting into a UKIP-shaped void.

      • George Brae Reply

        Alternative paths?

        So why is it that if you’re sitting on your bum in a massive cage of metal, pressing buttons with your feet and churning out poisononous gases, you get to go the direct route, but if you’ve had the temerity to choose a non-polluting, non space-wasting form of transport, you’re expected to go all around the houses?

        Any more questions, Peter?

        • Peter Challis Reply

          Thanks George – always look forward to have a sensible conversation with obsessive pro-cycling anti-motorist activists and then finding it’s impossible.

          The temporary cycle lane has been removed, so young untrained cyclist’s with no appreciation road safety or the Highway code need to find alternative routes.

          As an example Dominic Forristral appears to live near Vale Park. If his daughter is cycling to Cardinal Newman the city cycle planning tool recommends routes along Portland Road or the seafront and then up The Drive that avoid the OSR – see

      • Lauren Tern Reply

        Yes, point the finger. Go on. If someone’s to blame, who cares about anyone’s safety.

        • Peter Challis Reply

          Totally agree – we don’t have space for dedicated cycle lanes for untrained cyclists to be able to avoid all other road users.

          Even the original extension had dangerous areas where cyclists and other road users mixed.

          We need everyone to be trained and follow the rules in The Highway Code.

      • Gemma Flaherty Reply

        Trying to find out who’s responsible is missing the point.

        If there were no pavements, cars would constantly be knocking down pedestrians.

        If someone in a car knocked your son down, would it make a difference to know whose fault it was? Would you stop grieving if you knew it was your son’s fault?

        • Peter Challis Reply

          It’s actually precisely the point – rather than just promoting cycle lanes as the solution without knowing the cause of the accident, or what form of dedicated protected cycle lanes they would have avoided it?

          • McHarry

            I suppose you think it’s a shame that the temporary cycle lane was removed losing us government funding for cycle training then?

      • Hilda Munoz Reply

        Do you have alert set up so you can comment on every single cycling-related story in Brighton & Hove?

        Did a nasty man on a bicycle do strange things to you as a child?

        • Peter Challis Reply

          Always appreciate responses from those who can’t discuss but have to resort to ad hominem attacks 🙄

        • Peter Challis Reply

          I actually check the Web site regularly and comments on subjects that interest me.

          What do you do differently?

          How did you find out about Jo’s story?

      • StevieDee Reply

        Evidence from around the world suggests drivers are to blame for the vast majority of motor vehicle/bicycle collisions.

        • Peter Challis Reply

          But was this one the case? Police were present. Was the motorist involved prosecuted?

          • StevieDee

            That isn’t how it works. Police don’t prosecute immediately – they take witness statements. Charges may follow down the line, but usually don’t even if someone died.

  3. Some person Reply

    October 6th?

  4. Nathan Adler Reply

    Accidents between bikes and cars are rare on this stretch, (4 along the old temporary cycle lane stretch in the 5 years up to its initial formation). We even had one accident when it was in place, (Cllr Clare). We all need to learn to share the roads responsibly, (especially drivers), because we will never have cycle lanes on all the 1200 roads in Brighton.

    • Spencer Mauron Reply

      Sharing responsibly gets you nowhere if you’re sat on a bike and two tonnes of metal ploughs into you.

      Simple physics.

      We don’t need cycle lanes on all the 1200 roads in Brighton. Just the ones like the Old Shoreham Road.

      • Peter Challis Reply

        Just a shame that cyclists rarely used the OSR cycle lane extension (or even the original section). A democratic decision was made by the council to remove it (remember?).

        The cyclists sweetheart, Amy Heley, proposed a a compromise to keep the cycle lane but shorten it to Holmes Avenue so this section would have gone away, but this was rejected.

        The option to extend to the city boundary had also been rejected after traffic planners determined that it would be impossible for the volume of traffic (port and commuters) to be restricted to single lanes.

        We need to come up with sensible solutions for residents, businesses, visi5, and ALL road users including cyclists. Perhaps the new city consultation on traffic futures and the LCWIP might deliver that.

        • Chaz. Reply

          Absolutely agree.
          The tragedy is you are equating a Green council with sense.
          The two do not go together, common or otherwise.

  5. Billy Short Reply

    I hate the way these unfortunate accidents are used to feed hard line approaches to transport policy, or in creating a for-or-against drama which actually helps nobody.
    The facts here are as follows:

    1) An accident occurred between a car and a courier on a motorised bicycle. As with all accidents let’s hope the injuries are not serious and the rider recovers quickly.
    2) Accidents happen every day and this on is only news because it happened at a junction on the Old Shoreham Road – and then someone made a point of photographing it.
    3) The junction at Olive road is actually safer now that the cycle lane has been removed. You may remember that if the cycle lane had been kept, this was one of the junctions where there were several new problems caused by the cycle lane, and there was a further council proposal that the junction be closed, especially for east bound traffic on the OSR.
    4) Olive road is a narrow cut through, but one used by a lot of traffic because of the bridge over the railway line. When heading north or south in the area there are few other options because of that east-west railway line.
    5) Olive road has itself recently become a hub for cycle and motorbike couriers because of the Just Eat food business now based there. We can see why the couriers might well support their colleagues, whilst obviously being concerned about their own safety in that area. Is it possible this is also a new gang of blokes being territorial?
    6) If we start taking sides on these issues then we get nowhere, and lobbying groups simply go into nut job mode. The cyclists won’t be happy until every road has a cycle lane, and the motorheads will want faster roads and free parking everywhere. Some local residents will want their roads closed off so that green spaces can be created where the road once was. And of course if we listen to all three of these selfish land grab claims then the whole city will just close down and the businesses which provide us with jobs will just move elsewhere.
    7) Wouldn’t it be great if we had a city wide transport strategy run by adults who can deal with basic issues of shared space without them being under the thumbs of lobbyists or ideology? And wouldn’t it be great if we could carve out practical solutions without just shouting at each other?

    • StevieDee Reply

      “Accidents happen every day”
      They aren’t “accidents” – they’re the inevitable, inescapable result of motor-centric road planning and now this road will either see increased collisions between modes because of a *deliberate* u-turn on protecting the most vulnerable road users, or far fewer people cycling along a route that up to now was convenient for them.
      Neither option bodes well for Brighton or its people.

      • Chaz. Reply

        It was a normal road before the Greens went cycle lane dogmatic.
        Now it is back to normal.
        Collisions will happen as they do even in cycle lanes and when pedestrians get hit by cyclists and e-scooters on pavements.
        Everyone should take care.
        Go and have a lie down in your safe space now dear. Bless.

  6. Billy Short Reply

    Where I have written about the ‘Just Eat business’ in my post above, I actually meant ‘Deliveroo’.

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