ACCIDENT: Dangerous cycle trap

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May we express our thanks to the amazing group of people who helped my wife when she had a bicycle accident near the Dome on Whitley Bay seafront on Sunday morning, February 4.

She got initial treatment in the warmth of the Premier Inn, whose staff were very supportive, and who are now looking after a pair of black Karrimor gloves that I picked up by mistake.

After an ambulance trip to Cramlington and a prompt and thorough check-up, she is now recovering, although not looking or feeling her best.

May I also point out to North Tyneside planners that their newly designed seafront has created a dangerous cycle trap.

All along the seafront, approaching the Dome from the north, there are three surfaces – different colours and textures, but all on one level. This allows for a smooth transition across surfaces.

Near the Dome, these surfaces diverge and the central one becomes a sideways incline before stopping abruptly. But here, separating ridges have been introduced on both sides of this central way, making transition almost impossible for a cyclist.

Once again, many thanks to all the kind people from both of us.

Kate and Gordon Jones

Whitley Bay