Pedestrian, 67, is left in a bloody mess with teeth shattered after being hit from behind by a cyclist on a shared path
- John DeVries, 67, was hit from behind by a cyclist at around 6:20 AM on Saturday
- The pensioner was on the shared path on Jack Pesch Bridge, in the west of Brisbane
- Mr. DeVries was recovering from heart surgery and injured his face and teeth
- He called for a speed limit of 10 km / h for cyclists on the bridge
A retiree recovering from open-heart surgery left broken teeth after being hit by a cyclist on a shared path.
John DeVries, 67, was walking on Jack Pesch Bridge, in west Brisbane, when he was hit from behind at approximately 6:20 AM on Saturday.
The Indooroopilly local said he was encouraged to walk every day as part of his recovery from surgery and did not hear the cyclist approach.
“I didn’t see the bike coming, I didn’t hear it, I just got hit from behind … this one, instead of whizzing past, just ran into me,” he said. The courier post.
Retired John DeVries (pictured), 67, was recovering from open-heart surgery when he was hit from behind by a cyclist on his morning walk across Jack Pesch Bridge, west Brisbane
Mr DeVries was hit Saturday morning at approximately 6:20 AM and rushed to Wesley Hospital, where he was told he may need to have surgery on his teeth (photo Jack Pesch Bridge)
Mr. DeVries was left with a bloody face and clothing and rushed to Wesley Hospital.
The 67-year-old was hospitalized for several hours and treated a number of superficial injuries to his face and hands.
Ligaments of Mr. DeVries’ upper front teeth have also become detached after the impact and the retiree may be forced to undergo dental surgery.
Mr DeVries has called on local authorities such as Brisbane City Council and the state government to enforce a speed limit of 10 km / h on the bridge.
‘It is really unsafe for pedestrians and cyclists to share it, especially when there are many bicycles,’ he explains.
His wife, Susan DeVries, said cyclists on Jack Pesch Bridge were often aggressive.
“There are no rules, it is like taking control of your life on that bridge,” she explained.
Chris Cox, organizer of the Brisbane West Bicycle User Group, told Daily Mail Australia that he had never experienced such a violent crash on the bridge.
“I can’t remember a collision like this on the Jack Pesch bridge before, despite hundreds of pedestrian and cyclist movements a day,” he explained.
Mr. DeVries has called for a speed limit of 10 km / h on Jack Pesch Bridge (photo)
Mr Cox said separating cyclists and pedestrians would be the most effective solution, rather than imposing a speed limit.
“ In general, what has been successful in other areas to improve safety for all users is the so-called soft modal separation, that is, using painted lines and stencils to divide the path into bicycle and pedestrian sections, ” said he.
A Brisbane City Council spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia that the state government was responsible for setting speed limits for cyclists.
“The safety of pedestrians and cyclists is our absolute priority and we regularly consult with residents, cyclist groups and all levels of government to make sure our roads are as safe as possible for all users,” said a spokeswoman.
Ultimately, it is the state government that is responsible for setting speed limit rules for cyclists and at the moment bicycles do not need to have a speedometer.
“The Queensland Police Service is the only authority that can enforce bicycle speed limits.”
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Queensland Government, a member of the Maiwar and Queensland Police Department, for comment.
Brisbane City Council said the state government was responsible for setting rules around speed limits for cyclists and bicycles should not have a speedometer
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