PUBLISHED: 12:53 13 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:30 05 July 2010
I WOULD like to express my heartfelt thanks to all those good people who tended to me after I was knocked off my bike in London Road South, Lowestoft, on Monday, September 1, at 7.
I WOULD like to express my heartfelt thanks to all those good people who tended to me after I was knocked off my bike in London Road South, Lowestoft, on Monday, September 1, at 7.50am. (My broken wristwatch records the exact moment of impact).
Both residents and motorists alike should be very proud of their actions - from calling the emergency services to covering me with a blanket and applying pressure to my head wound. The A&E staff at the Paget were marvellous, despite being short of doctors that morning and extremely busy.
The lesson we should all learn is no matter what age the cyclist or how experienced they feel on our busy roads, accidents will continue to happen and we should never think it can't happen to us.
I was not wearing a cycle helmet as I am one of the middle-aged generation who have been cycling since the roads were much quieter and who imagined I could anticipate danger and take the necessary avoiding action.
My first job, once the large bump on my head has subsided, will be to purchase a cycle helmet and become a cycle helmet bore to folk who don't wear one for whatever reason.
This could have all ended up much worse and certainly a helmet would have saved a lot of the injuries I received. So, until laws are put in place to make the wearing of cycle helmets law, I urge everyone on two wheels to splash out on a helmet rather than have themselves splat on to an unyielding road surface.
If you are aged six to 60 and beyond, a helmet is certainly now an essential piece of cycling equipment in our ever-increasingly busy roads.
Many thanks again to all the unsung heroes who came out of their houses to look after me, and in particular to the paramedic, policeman, ambulance crew and all the A&E staff at the James Paget.
Wild Hearts Cottage