A CYCLIST is calling for tougher safety measures to be implemented during Ride the Lights.
Hotelier Ian Collins, 55, from Palatine Road, was left with a broken arm and a dislocated shoulder after he was in a head-on collision with a female cyclist on Queen’s Promenade.
Mr Collins was hospitalised for two days while he underwent surgery for his broken arm and says he expects to be out of action for at least two months.
The owner of the Ambleside Hotel was viewing this year’s Illuminations for the first time with thousands of others on August 30.
He told The Gazette: “There is a bad issue with safety here and I think if I had hit a child I would have killed them.
“There should be a central barrier there because it’s a serious safety issue.
“It was a bad accident and if you organise these events this shouldn’t be able to happen.”
Mr Collins was taking part in the event with his family and was coming down the Promenade when the accident happened. He says he collided with the other bike which veered across his path.
The woman involved in the crash was uninjured, but Mr Collins says that without a barrier, there is nothing to stop cyclists from zig-zagging while crossing the Prom.
He now wants more precautions to be put into place for next year’s event.
Mr Collins added: “It really is quite something not to have a central barrier there.
“I would like to stress the risk to parents.
“I was in extreme pain and even a strong painkiller couldn’t get rid of it until my arm was put back in place.”
Natalie Wyatt, head of visitBlackpool, today backed the event’s safety record.
She said: “We are extremely sorry to learn of this incident but given that we have only just been made aware of it, we feel it would be inappropriate to comment without speaking directly to the injured party.
“What I would like to say is that visitBlackpool works closely with several partners including the emergency services to ensure the safe passing of all of its events.
“The health and safety of cyclists taking part in Ride the Lights is of paramount importance and the relevant measures are put into place because of this.
“It is an extremely popular event and safety advice is provided prior to cyclists taking part via all marketing channels.”