Bundaberg Bicycle Action Group members Sean Cox, Toby Boylan, George Crowther and Bruce Goodall remind motorists that A Metre Matters.
Bundaberg Bicycle Action Group members Sean Cox, Toby Boylan, George Crowther and Bruce Goodall remind motorists that A Metre Matters. Max Fleet

Cyclist recalls horror smash

BUNDABERG cyclist Clinton Wakefield remembers nothing of the morning that forever changed his life.

A routine ride around the outskirts of Bundaberg on September 3 ended in disaster when the keen cyclist was struck from behind by a vehicle travelling at 100km/h and hurled 30m through the air.

The impact left the 40-year-old with a pelvis fractured in multiple places, fractured L2 vertebrae, a broken right fibula and a broken scapula.

He now wears a back brace and struggles to walk long distances without crutches.

Doctors have told him it is possible he will be unable to cycle in the future and that his mobility will be permanently impaired.

He has had to move to Yeppoon to the care of his parents as he battles ongoing complications from the crash.

Now Mr Wakefield has told of the battle to reclaim his life to promote cyclist safety lobby group, A Metre Matters, and encourage harmony between cyclists and motorists on the region's roads.

"There is a need for greater awareness and mutual respect between motorists and cyclists on our roads," he said.

"I'm suffering the implications of that."

Mr Wakefield has had to piece together the circumstances of the crash and his hospitalisation afterwards from police reports and accounts given by friends and family.

"There's essentially been three months that have been wiped from my life and the long-term implications I'm going to suffer remain to be seen," he said.

"I wouldn't wish this upon anyone."

Fellow cyclist, Bruce Goodall was riding alongside Mr Wakefield when he was hit by the car.

Mr Goodall said the accident had highlighted a need for motorists to reappraise their driving habits around cyclists.

"I quite expected to find him dead on the side of the road," he said.

A Metre Matters, Bundaberg was initiated to ensure local motorists keep a metre buffer between their vehicles and cyclists at all times.

The campaign has been developed with the help of the Amy Gillett Foundation, a non-for-profit organisation formed after Australian cyclist Amy Gillett was killed.



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