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CS1: ‘My son’s road accident on Stoke Newington route proves more crossings are needed’

PUBLISHED: 11:12 29 November 2016

Rooma Parmar with her son Nilesh, who was knocked down by a cyclist who didn't stop. He suffered shoulder injuries. Picture: Nigel Sutton

Rooma Parmar with her son Nilesh, who was knocked down by a cyclist who didn't stop. He suffered shoulder injuries. Picture: Nigel Sutton

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A Stoke Newington mum is urging transport bosses to build more crossings in Wordsworth Road after her 11-year-old son was knocked down by a cyclist on his way to school.

"The police said they couldn’t pursue it because they can’t track cyclists because they’re not registered. They asked me what I expected to get out of it, which I found upsetting"

Rooma Parmar

The collision, which left Nilesh Parmar with a shoulder injury, happened as he was crossing near the Garden School just before 8.30am on Wednesday.

He was pushing his own bike – now badly damaged – to Stoke Newington School.

Nilesh’s mother Rooma said the cyclist told her son to be more careful before asking if he was alright and cycling away. She believes the man should have waited with him.

“The fact he was just left there really upset me,” said Ms Parmar. “The cyclist didn’t say sorry – in fact my son apologised to him.”

It was only when the Year 7 pupil got to school that his mother was alerted.

She took Nilesh to A&E and reported the incident to police in Stoke Newington the same day but was told the case would likely not be pursued.

Ms Parmar said: “They just said they would put a statement through but that they couldn’t pursue it because they can’t track cyclists because they’re not registered.

“They asked me what I expected to get out of it, which I found upsetting.”

Ms Parmar said the area of road where her son was knocked down is difficult for pedestrians to cross.

“There is no crossing in that area so I don’t know how children are supposed to cross safely,” she said.

Council transport chief Cllr Feryal Demirci said: “I am sad to hear about the boy being hit by a person on a bike on Wordsworth Road, and hope he is not seriously injured.

“We don’t know the full details of what happened, so I would ask the boy’s parent to contact us so we can gain a better understanding of the circumstances and what we can do to try and prevent other accidents.”

But she added work as part of Cycle Superhighway 1 (CS1) to cut traffic around Wordsworth Road had already made the area safer for pedestrians, less polluted and “more pleasant”.

“The works included raised crossings and humps at junctions to slow down cars and cycles, as well as wider pavements with tactile paving at key crossing points, which along with the reduction in motor traffic should make the road safer to cross,” she said. “We also run road safety campaigns aimed at drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.”

Finally, she said the council would monitor the speeds of cyclists and drivers alike over the next 18 months and could add more speed reduction measures if needed.

A zebra crossing further down Wordsworth Road, between Bennett Road and Prince George Road, was one of the amendments to CS1 proposals put before neighbours last year. Of 486 responses to the consultation by Transport for London and the council, 49 per cent supported the plans to some extent.

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