Cycling too dangerous for Manchester police
25.09.07 by Buffalo Bill
Greater Manchester police have suspended bicycle patrols by officers with less than a year’s experience of cycling after the death of a community policeman. The officer, Christopher Maclure, died after a collision with a lorry. I hope that all my readers will join me in extending our sympathies to the family and friends of the dead officer. The story is here. Thanks to Slim Shakey for the spot.
Interesting to note that the collision that led to the officer’s death has been referred to the Health and Safety Executive. The HSE’s ‘mission is to protect people’s health and safety by ensuring risks in the changing workplace are properly controlled’. As far as I know, none of the incidents that led to the deaths of the seven London bicycle messengers known to have died whilst working have ever been referred to the HSE. This despite the fact that they were all killed by collisions by commercial vehicles driven by working drivers.