Bike crashes and thefts soar, new figures reveal

first_imgOver 2,000 cyclists have been injured in crashes on Oxford’s roads in the last ten years. New data from the journey planner CycleStreets has shown that city’s main roads are becoming more dangerous.Particularly hazardous areas include Botley Road, Abingdon Road, Woodstock Road, Banbury Road, and Barbelo Road.The figures revealed that there were 2,004 collisions resulting in injuries between 2005 and 2016. These are only the reported collisions, leading to fears the real number is much higher.Labour councillor Louise Upton told the Oxford Mail: “As many collisions go unreported, this already distressing data is likely just the tip of the iceberg. It shows the urgent need to improve Oxford’s cycling infrastructure and, in particular, the need for segregated cycle lanes.”Josh King, a second year Mansfield student, told Cherwell: “A joyful cycle ride in Oxford continues to become more like navigating a minefield blindfolded. With unclear bus lanes, dodgy traffic stops and lack of cycle lanes, and more traffic by the day I now feel myself pondering what it will say in my obituary every time I go to lectures.“The council ought to do more on this issue, segregating cyclists from traffic on all major roads.”Cyclox chairman Simon Hunt encouraged people to sign a new charter to improve safety, which was launched last night. The charter is named after Claudia Comberti, a 31-year-old geography PhD student at Oxford University who died after coming off her bike in Botley Road in May.Crashing is not the only danger cyclists have to fear. Police have told Oxford cyclists to take extra precautions to secure their bikes amid a sharp rise in thefts.According to new figures, reports of bicycles being stolen in the city have soared by 70 per cent in a year. A total of 2,339 reports of bike theft were made to Thames Valley Police from June 2016 to June 2017, an average of six thefts a day.King said: “I feel increasingly unsafe and uncomfortable to lock my bike up on the High Street anymore.”last_img read more

Clippers are monitoring Blake Griffin’s sore right knee

first_imgA Clippers spokesperson said Griffin will be a gametime decision against the Pelicans, though the injury is “nothing serious.”Still, any kind of injury to Griffin is news to the Clippers and their fans.Griffin missed over half of last season with a torn left quad, and a re-aggravation of the injury cost him the end of the Clippers’ postseason.“We’re just watching,” Rivers said.Rivers said the injury wasn’t suffered during the Clippers’ loss to Golden State Wednesday night, that it was more cumulative in nature. In 22 games, Griffin is averaging 20.7 points, 9.0 rebounds, 4.6 assists and 1.1 steals. Griffin and J.J. Redick are the only two Clipper players to miss games due to rest this season.Movie dayWhile the Clippers gathered Thursday at their practice facility, they didn’t do much more than watch tape of their loss to the Warriors.“We learn when you talk about it as a team,” Clippers guard Chris Paul said. “I think all of us, we’re professionals. I’m sure there’s not a guy who doesn’t go home and watch the film and stuff like that. You watch it on your own and come in and get a chance to talk about it and see what you sort of knew already.”Thursday’s film session was heavy on the déjà vu.“We watched like the whole first half yesterday, like no stops, like free throws and everything,” Austin Rivers said. “We watched like all the film yesterday. They say video never lies. So we saw a lot of things that we were unhappy with from a team standpoint.”And if the film isn’t telling the Clippers what they need to know, their record should be.“We’ve lost five of our last seven. That’s really the only reminder that we need,” Austin Rivers said. “We lost five of our last seven games. At no point in this season did I think this team would lose five out seven games. You know, I think we’re that good of a team. This is already too much. So, we need to move on from here and just get better. That’s what we need to do.”Johnson improvingBrice Johnson, the Clippers’ first-round pick, has yet to play in a regular-season NBA game because of a back injury suffered near the end of the preseason.Johnson has been on the court shooting free throws, showing signs of improvement, and it appears he won’t need surgery, which was an option.“I think (he won’t), but I don’t think you’re ever through any of those woods, so I can’t say anything,” Doc Rivers said. “I know he’s doing a lot better.” PLAYA VISTA >> As Doc Rivers navigated through questions ranging from existential ones about the Clippers’ mindset, a reported shrinking preseason and a seldom-used rookie’s health, the Clippers coach noted that maybe Friday was shaping up like a slow news day.And, then, that changed.Rivers casually mentioned that the team is monitoring Blake Griffin and a sore right knee, a problem that could keep Griffin out of the lineup Saturday when the Clippers host New Orleans on Saturday at Staples Center.The team has currently lost two in a row at home and five of their last seven.center_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img read more