‘Open manhole almost killed me’, says cyclist

York Press: Ashley Cook with the open manhole cover in Gale Lane in York that brought him off his bicycle when he collided with it. Picture : Garry Atkinson (5527486) Ashley Cook with the open manhole cover in Gale Lane in York that brought him off his bicycle when he collided with it. Picture : Garry Atkinson (5527486)

A CYCLIST who was injured in a crash when a manhole was left uncovered said he was lucky not to have been killed.

Ashley Cook, of Cornlands Road, York, was cycling in Gale Lane, close to his home in Acomb when he was thrown from his bike.

Ashley said: "I was in my own little world to be honest, but the next thing I knew I was on my back in the middle of the road.

"I went over the handlebars, cut my hands and legs, and my shin where the pedal flung round but luckily my face wasn't injured."

While he did not consider his injuries to be too serious at first, Ashley started suffering back pain throughout the next day and sought professional help - eventually being given pain relief and diazepam by doctors.

He said: "I couldn't move, it was absolute agony.

"I've never had a problem with my back before this happened. I had a bit of a niggle in my back the night it happened, but overnight and all day the next day it got worse and worse, so I phone the NHS helpline and they said I had to go to A&E straight away. I was there for four hours."

Ashley reported the uncovered drain to Yorkshire Water on Sunday, who he said told him the cover would be replaced as soon as possible. However when he returned to the same spot a day after the incident, the hole was still uncovered.

He said: "I'm a 30-year-old lad in my prime, just dusted myself off with a bit of an injury but what if it had been a 70 or 80-year-old?

"I was lucky that there wasn't a car behind me. That would have been the end of me I would have been a goner. It's a hole about 15" by 10", maybe. A young toddler could fall down that, my girlfriend has a two-year-old lad and he could've gone right into it."

A spokeswoman for Yorkshire Water said: "We received a call from a customer on Sunday reporting a problem with one of our grates in Gale Lane. Following the notification of the problem, one of our service partners was sent to Gale Lane and repairs were completed on Tuesday."

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10:28am Sat 19 Apr 14

Woody G Mellor says...

I wonder how much time he had to take off work? Maybe he should get some compensation? Poor lad.

*Comments will be removed by the end of the day*
I wonder how much time he had to take off work? Maybe he should get some compensation? Poor lad. *Comments will be removed by the end of the day* Woody G Mellor
  • Score: -37

10:33am Sat 19 Apr 14

CHISSY1 says...

Lucky not to have been killed,you were not,so where is the story.
Lucky not to have been killed,you were not,so where is the story. CHISSY1
  • Score: -30

10:40am Sat 19 Apr 14

Abisman says...

Hmm, I'm a cyclist and so I should have sympathy for the guy, but he admits he wasn't really paying attention. I know that you have to look out for even the normal, intact drain covers in the cycle lanes here, which would have just the same effect if you hit one. I've got a feeling there's a compensation claim coming in here, pure and simple
Hmm, I'm a cyclist and so I should have sympathy for the guy, but he admits he wasn't really paying attention. I know that you have to look out for even the normal, intact drain covers in the cycle lanes here, which would have just the same effect if you hit one. I've got a feeling there's a compensation claim coming in here, pure and simple Abisman
  • Score: 51

11:37am Sat 19 Apr 14

What's Up, Doc? says...

Is he sure his face wasn't injured? It looks like a spilt trifle!

Having said that, the hole looks big enough to see had he being paying attention. Maybe he should claim for a new mobile while he's at it!
Is he sure his face wasn't injured? It looks like a spilt trifle! Having said that, the hole looks big enough to see had he being paying attention. Maybe he should claim for a new mobile while he's at it! What's Up, Doc?
  • Score: 15

11:44am Sat 19 Apr 14

Sage9 says...

If the manhole was uncovered, where has he got the parts from?

To get compensation he needs to prove negligence. If he admits to not paying attention and managed not to notice that hole I rather think his case is weak.

Having said that you have to be sympathetic, it must have been a shock. Missed opportunity to get a quote "From now on I'll wear a helmet."
If the manhole was uncovered, where has he got the parts from? To get compensation he needs to prove negligence. If he admits to not paying attention and managed not to notice that hole I rather think his case is weak. Having said that you have to be sympathetic, it must have been a shock. Missed opportunity to get a quote "From now on I'll wear a helmet." Sage9
  • Score: 12

11:50am Sat 19 Apr 14

Bailed Out says...

Get to Specsavers lad !! Not much proper news around today?
Get to Specsavers lad !! Not much proper news around today? Bailed Out
  • Score: 19

12:07pm Sat 19 Apr 14

SB Dubs says...

What a load of nasty comments here, as usual. Same old people putting same old nasty comments. Whatever the story, the person in the article gets blasted. I dont know why comments are allowed on some stories and not on others, but whatever the article is about, the person involved gets slagged off for it. Cyclists , people complaining about parked cars/York races/lendal bridge, eveveryone gets it. 'If you dont like it , dont live there'...'where there's a blame, there's a claim' etc. I am guessing the comment to me would be ' if you dont like it, dont read it'
What a load of nasty comments here, as usual. Same old people putting same old nasty comments. Whatever the story, the person in the article gets blasted. I dont know why comments are allowed on some stories and not on others, but whatever the article is about, the person involved gets slagged off for it. Cyclists , people complaining about parked cars/York races/lendal bridge, eveveryone gets it. 'If you dont like it , dont live there'...'where there's a blame, there's a claim' etc. I am guessing the comment to me would be ' if you dont like it, dont read it' SB Dubs
  • Score: 3

12:24pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Yorkborneinbse says...

A 10 to 15 inch hole, reported on Sunday and fixed on Tuesday. Did he not think that the first phone call should have been to the Council, or even the police to get a traffic cone stuck over the hole.
Clearly not too bothered about the 70-80 year old facing the same fate then Ashley, rather get in touch with the press first ?

You also returned the following day to check, and alarmingly, it was still there !!!!

Your omissions to prevent someone else the same fate as you, is the real story here.
A 10 to 15 inch hole, reported on Sunday and fixed on Tuesday. Did he not think that the first phone call should have been to the Council, or even the police to get a traffic cone stuck over the hole. Clearly not too bothered about the 70-80 year old facing the same fate then Ashley, rather get in touch with the press first ? You also returned the following day to check, and alarmingly, it was still there !!!! Your omissions to prevent someone else the same fate as you, is the real story here. Yorkborneinbse
  • Score: 18

12:25pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Old_Man says...

I agree. Some real sad losers with nothing better to do are always giving everyone the fruits of their wisdom. Not one of these spineless trolls would say these things to a persons face or write under their real names. Cretins one and all!
I agree. Some real sad losers with nothing better to do are always giving everyone the fruits of their wisdom. Not one of these spineless trolls would say these things to a persons face or write under their real names. Cretins one and all! Old_Man
  • Score: 7

12:55pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Hazzie says...

Some one has got to take the blame for the manhole cover not been in place and yes his injuries could have been worse,why not go for companion cos if I was in his shoes I would,so much for other people putting nasty comments on about the lad if u haven't got anything nice to say don't say it,am sure if it happened to u would u be claiming no doubt,rant over.
Some one has got to take the blame for the manhole cover not been in place and yes his injuries could have been worse,why not go for companion cos if I was in his shoes I would,so much for other people putting nasty comments on about the lad if u haven't got anything nice to say don't say it,am sure if it happened to u would u be claiming no doubt,rant over. Hazzie
  • Score: -26

1:12pm Sat 19 Apr 14

level-headed says...

"I was in my own little world to be honest, but the next thing I knew I was on my back in the middle of the road"

The offence of 'careless cycling' is proven. End of story.
"I was in my own little world to be honest, but the next thing I knew I was on my back in the middle of the road" The offence of 'careless cycling' is proven. End of story. level-headed
  • Score: 26

1:29pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Mizi123 says...

SB Dubs wrote:
What a load of nasty comments here, as usual. Same old people putting same old nasty comments. Whatever the story, the person in the article gets blasted. I dont know why comments are allowed on some stories and not on others, but whatever the article is about, the person involved gets slagged off for it. Cyclists , people complaining about parked cars/York races/lendal bridge, eveveryone gets it. 'If you dont like it , dont live there'...'where there's a blame, there's a claim' etc. I am guessing the comment to me would be ' if you dont like it, dont read it'
I agree, same old nasty nasty people that are probably retired or claiming job seekers and sit watching Jeremy Kyle everyday and judging all the younger generation as been in this category. I know this young man, he DID report it within an hour, he is NOT putting any claim in for any compensation and the reason he informed the press is because he passed down the same road 24 hours later and it was still uncovered, maybe he should never have reported it and hopefully in time all you nasty opinionated people would slip down it and never to be seen writing your nasty comments on here again.
[quote][p][bold]SB Dubs[/bold] wrote: What a load of nasty comments here, as usual. Same old people putting same old nasty comments. Whatever the story, the person in the article gets blasted. I dont know why comments are allowed on some stories and not on others, but whatever the article is about, the person involved gets slagged off for it. Cyclists , people complaining about parked cars/York races/lendal bridge, eveveryone gets it. 'If you dont like it , dont live there'...'where there's a blame, there's a claim' etc. I am guessing the comment to me would be ' if you dont like it, dont read it'[/p][/quote]I agree, same old nasty nasty people that are probably retired or claiming job seekers and sit watching Jeremy Kyle everyday and judging all the younger generation as been in this category. I know this young man, he DID report it within an hour, he is NOT putting any claim in for any compensation and the reason he informed the press is because he passed down the same road 24 hours later and it was still uncovered, maybe he should never have reported it and hopefully in time all you nasty opinionated people would slip down it and never to be seen writing your nasty comments on here again. Mizi123
  • Score: 23

1:37pm Sat 19 Apr 14

mitch2nd says...

well people say what they think was he, texting? making a call? did he have his arms folded like most bike riders I see? was he riding too fast?

These and many other things I see bike riders doing, a manhole is pretty big so to miss it he was doing something he shouldn't be
well people say what they think was he, texting? making a call? did he have his arms folded like most bike riders I see? was he riding too fast? These and many other things I see bike riders doing, a manhole is pretty big so to miss it he was doing something he shouldn't be mitch2nd
  • Score: -47

1:42pm Sat 19 Apr 14

pedalling paul says...

Thr recommended "secondary" riding position is around a handlebar's width from the kerb. That will enable most tyre puncturing detrius and sunken/missing grate covers to be avoided. But not all of them.
This will make an interesting clain if it comes to court, given the cyclist's "own world" stratement.
Thr recommended "secondary" riding position is around a handlebar's width from the kerb. That will enable most tyre puncturing detrius and sunken/missing grate covers to be avoided. But not all of them. This will make an interesting clain if it comes to court, given the cyclist's "own world" stratement. pedalling paul
  • Score: 36

1:46pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Yorkborneinbse says...

Mizi123 wrote:
SB Dubs wrote:
What a load of nasty comments here, as usual. Same old people putting same old nasty comments. Whatever the story, the person in the article gets blasted. I dont know why comments are allowed on some stories and not on others, but whatever the article is about, the person involved gets slagged off for it. Cyclists , people complaining about parked cars/York races/lendal bridge, eveveryone gets it. 'If you dont like it , dont live there'...'where there's a blame, there's a claim' etc. I am guessing the comment to me would be ' if you dont like it, dont read it'
I agree, same old nasty nasty people that are probably retired or claiming job seekers and sit watching Jeremy Kyle everyday and judging all the younger generation as been in this category. I know this young man, he DID report it within an hour, he is NOT putting any claim in for any compensation and the reason he informed the press is because he passed down the same road 24 hours later and it was still uncovered, maybe he should never have reported it and hopefully in time all you nasty opinionated people would slip down it and never to be seen writing your nasty comments on here again.
However, he still did little to prevent someone else 'almost being killed' as was his quote in the story.

If he had taken positive, and preventative action, then there would be no story to report. The fact is, he did nothing of real merit.
[quote][p][bold]Mizi123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]SB Dubs[/bold] wrote: What a load of nasty comments here, as usual. Same old people putting same old nasty comments. Whatever the story, the person in the article gets blasted. I dont know why comments are allowed on some stories and not on others, but whatever the article is about, the person involved gets slagged off for it. Cyclists , people complaining about parked cars/York races/lendal bridge, eveveryone gets it. 'If you dont like it , dont live there'...'where there's a blame, there's a claim' etc. I am guessing the comment to me would be ' if you dont like it, dont read it'[/p][/quote]I agree, same old nasty nasty people that are probably retired or claiming job seekers and sit watching Jeremy Kyle everyday and judging all the younger generation as been in this category. I know this young man, he DID report it within an hour, he is NOT putting any claim in for any compensation and the reason he informed the press is because he passed down the same road 24 hours later and it was still uncovered, maybe he should never have reported it and hopefully in time all you nasty opinionated people would slip down it and never to be seen writing your nasty comments on here again.[/p][/quote]However, he still did little to prevent someone else 'almost being killed' as was his quote in the story. If he had taken positive, and preventative action, then there would be no story to report. The fact is, he did nothing of real merit. Yorkborneinbse
  • Score: 4

4:37pm Sat 19 Apr 14

The Junkyard Angel says...

'I was in my own little world' Doh !!! Bang goes the compo claim Ashley !!
'I was in my own little world' Doh !!! Bang goes the compo claim Ashley !! The Junkyard Angel
  • Score: 17

6:23pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Bailed Out says...

Surley there must be something better than this to have at the top of the news page.
Surley there must be something better than this to have at the top of the news page. Bailed Out
  • Score: 13

6:33pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Dave Ruddock says...

Has anyone noticed where in the road this Inspection plate (Not a manhole cover) is situated regards to the Road. Curb side INSIDE Double Yellow lines most pedal cyclists ride road side on the yellow lines. and as mentioned above "he was not taking notice of his surroundings, ERmm No Sympathy and as mentioned he never reported this to ANY authority , UNLUCKY PAL and hope if he is working his employers read this .
Has anyone noticed where in the road this Inspection plate (Not a manhole cover) is situated regards to the Road. Curb side INSIDE Double Yellow lines most pedal cyclists ride road side on the yellow lines. and as mentioned above "he was not taking notice of his surroundings, ERmm No Sympathy and as mentioned he never reported this to ANY authority , UNLUCKY PAL and hope if he is working his employers read this . Dave Ruddock
  • Score: 5

6:42pm Sat 19 Apr 14

988billj says...

This young man has fallen off his bike into a manhole that should of been covered and not left exposed for such accidents to occur. Why do such small minded people have to verbally abuse this man who reported the manhole to the relevant people within minutes of the accident (as admitted by the water board " we had a call on sunday") he did the right thing to try and prevent someone else having an accident either cycling or walking. He has explained why he contacted the press, he has said he is not putting in a claim ( I would for my bike but that's irrelevant) I am sure if he thought he would get this kind of reaction that he would think twice about trying to help. All I would like to say is.. people should only call other people it they happen to be perfect themselves. I personally would like to thank this young man, it could of been me, I ride a cycle and I am 68 years old.
This young man has fallen off his bike into a manhole that should of been covered and not left exposed for such accidents to occur. Why do such small minded people have to verbally abuse this man who reported the manhole to the relevant people within minutes of the accident (as admitted by the water board " we had a call on sunday") he did the right thing to try and prevent someone else having an accident either cycling or walking. He has explained why he contacted the press, he has said he is not putting in a claim ( I would for my bike but that's irrelevant) I am sure if he thought he would get this kind of reaction that he would think twice about trying to help. All I would like to say is.. people should only call other people it they happen to be perfect themselves. I personally would like to thank this young man, it could of been me, I ride a cycle and I am 68 years old. 988billj
  • Score: 8

6:46pm Sat 19 Apr 14

Mizi123 says...

Dave Ruddock wrote:
Has anyone noticed where in the road this Inspection plate (Not a manhole cover) is situated regards to the Road. Curb side INSIDE Double Yellow lines most pedal cyclists ride road side on the yellow lines. and as mentioned above "he was not taking notice of his surroundings, ERmm No Sympathy and as mentioned he never reported this to ANY authority , UNLUCKY PAL and hope if he is working his employers read this .
Ashley reported the uncovered drain to Yorkshire Water on Sunday, who he said told him the cover would be replaced as soon as possible. However when he returned to the same spot a day after the incident, the hole was still uncovered. A spokeswoman for Yorkshire Water said: "We received a call from a customer on Sunday reporting a problem with one of our grates in Gale Lane. Following the notification of the problem, one of our service partners was sent to Gale Lane and repairs were completed on Tuesday......... READ THE FULL ARTICLE before you comment please
[quote][p][bold]Dave Ruddock[/bold] wrote: Has anyone noticed where in the road this Inspection plate (Not a manhole cover) is situated regards to the Road. Curb side INSIDE Double Yellow lines most pedal cyclists ride road side on the yellow lines. and as mentioned above "he was not taking notice of his surroundings, ERmm No Sympathy and as mentioned he never reported this to ANY authority , UNLUCKY PAL and hope if he is working his employers read this .[/p][/quote]Ashley reported the uncovered drain to Yorkshire Water on Sunday, who he said told him the cover would be replaced as soon as possible. However when he returned to the same spot a day after the incident, the hole was still uncovered. A spokeswoman for Yorkshire Water said: "We received a call from a customer on Sunday reporting a problem with one of our grates in Gale Lane. Following the notification of the problem, one of our service partners was sent to Gale Lane and repairs were completed on Tuesday......... READ THE FULL ARTICLE before you comment please Mizi123
  • Score: 4

6:59pm Sat 19 Apr 14

ashleycook says...

If spending over £15 on phone calls to Yorkshire waters 0845 number isn't doing the right thing or contacting the right authority then I'm sorry but I dint know what is. Some people really have nothing better to do I reported this to make the public aware of the situation and Yorkshire waters complete lack of action.
If spending over £15 on phone calls to Yorkshire waters 0845 number isn't doing the right thing or contacting the right authority then I'm sorry but I dint know what is. Some people really have nothing better to do I reported this to make the public aware of the situation and Yorkshire waters complete lack of action. ashleycook
  • Score: 17

7:02pm Sat 19 Apr 14

York2000 says...

Jesus. Our local newspaper comments thread has been taken over by utter arse holes. I think the Press should just turn the comments system off. God knows what people planning on visiting our town must think of the residents of York. A bunch of nasty, vindictive, right wing idiots.
Jesus. Our local newspaper comments thread has been taken over by utter arse holes. I think the Press should just turn the comments system off. God knows what people planning on visiting our town must think of the residents of York. A bunch of nasty, vindictive, right wing idiots. York2000
  • Score: 20

7:04pm Sat 19 Apr 14

ashleycook says...

Dave Ruddock wrote:
Has anyone noticed where in the road this Inspection plate (Not a manhole cover) is situated regards to the Road. Curb side INSIDE Double Yellow lines most pedal cyclists ride road side on the yellow lines. and as mentioned above "he was not taking notice of his surroundings, ERmm No Sympathy and as mentioned he never reported this to ANY authority , UNLUCKY PAL and hope if he is working his employers read this .
If you look at the picture again you will see the 'inspection cover' is actually situated next to a dropped curb that goes up on to a cycle lane section of the pavement and was in fact at the start of said cycling lane. Just saying
[quote][p][bold]Dave Ruddock[/bold] wrote: Has anyone noticed where in the road this Inspection plate (Not a manhole cover) is situated regards to the Road. Curb side INSIDE Double Yellow lines most pedal cyclists ride road side on the yellow lines. and as mentioned above "he was not taking notice of his surroundings, ERmm No Sympathy and as mentioned he never reported this to ANY authority , UNLUCKY PAL and hope if he is working his employers read this .[/p][/quote]If you look at the picture again you will see the 'inspection cover' is actually situated next to a dropped curb that goes up on to a cycle lane section of the pavement and was in fact at the start of said cycling lane. Just saying ashleycook
  • Score: 14

7:21pm Sat 19 Apr 14

level-headed says...

York2000 wrote:
Jesus. Our local newspaper comments thread has been taken over by utter arse holes. I think the Press should just turn the comments system off. God knows what people planning on visiting our town must think of the residents of York. A bunch of nasty, vindictive, right wing idiots.
Maybe the readers are just objecting to the The Press becoming the Jeremy Kyle show?!

"Ere charva right......I was ridin' me bike in me own little world which made me fall off and it proper paggered"

I'm sure prospective tourists will love that breaking news!
[quote][p][bold]York2000[/bold] wrote: Jesus. Our local newspaper comments thread has been taken over by utter arse holes. I think the Press should just turn the comments system off. God knows what people planning on visiting our town must think of the residents of York. A bunch of nasty, vindictive, right wing idiots.[/p][/quote]Maybe the readers are just objecting to the The Press becoming the Jeremy Kyle show?! "Ere charva right......I was ridin' me bike in me own little world which made me fall off and it proper paggered" I'm sure prospective tourists will love that breaking news! level-headed
  • Score: -10

7:31pm Sat 19 Apr 14

ashleycook says...

level-headed wrote:
York2000 wrote:
Jesus. Our local newspaper comments thread has been taken over by utter arse holes. I think the Press should just turn the comments system off. God knows what people planning on visiting our town must think of the residents of York. A bunch of nasty, vindictive, right wing idiots.
Maybe the readers are just objecting to the The Press becoming the Jeremy Kyle show?!

"Ere charva right......I was ridin' me bike in me own little world which made me fall off and it proper paggered"

I'm sure prospective tourists will love that breaking news!
Would this be an appropriate time to say I'm an educated young man that has won design and construction awards on a national level. As also reported in our local press?
[quote][p][bold]level-headed[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]York2000[/bold] wrote: Jesus. Our local newspaper comments thread has been taken over by utter arse holes. I think the Press should just turn the comments system off. God knows what people planning on visiting our town must think of the residents of York. A bunch of nasty, vindictive, right wing idiots.[/p][/quote]Maybe the readers are just objecting to the The Press becoming the Jeremy Kyle show?! "Ere charva right......I was ridin' me bike in me own little world which made me fall off and it proper paggered" I'm sure prospective tourists will love that breaking news![/p][/quote]Would this be an appropriate time to say I'm an educated young man that has won design and construction awards on a national level. As also reported in our local press? ashleycook
  • Score: 15

10:53pm Sat 19 Apr 14

CLAIRELAURAINE says...

The people who try to make such 'smart' comments would probably the first to complain to the press if they came across a similar inncident and maybe the people who make such sarcastic comments want to grow up.
The people who try to make such 'smart' comments would probably the first to complain to the press if they came across a similar inncident and maybe the people who make such sarcastic comments want to grow up. CLAIRELAURAINE
  • Score: 5

11:52pm Sat 19 Apr 14

jake777 says...

Dave Ruddock wrote:
Has anyone noticed where in the road this Inspection plate (Not a manhole cover) is situated regards to the Road. Curb side INSIDE Double Yellow lines most pedal cyclists ride road side on the yellow lines. and as mentioned above "he was not taking notice of his surroundings, ERmm No Sympathy and as mentioned he never reported this to ANY authority , UNLUCKY PAL and hope if he is working his employers read this .
Mr no brains again, look at the photo you can see where it is .
[quote][p][bold]Dave Ruddock[/bold] wrote: Has anyone noticed where in the road this Inspection plate (Not a manhole cover) is situated regards to the Road. Curb side INSIDE Double Yellow lines most pedal cyclists ride road side on the yellow lines. and as mentioned above "he was not taking notice of his surroundings, ERmm No Sympathy and as mentioned he never reported this to ANY authority , UNLUCKY PAL and hope if he is working his employers read this .[/p][/quote]Mr no brains again, look at the photo you can see where it is . jake777
  • Score: 11

11:55pm Sat 19 Apr 14

jake777 says...

Mizi123 wrote:
Dave Ruddock wrote:
Has anyone noticed where in the road this Inspection plate (Not a manhole cover) is situated regards to the Road. Curb side INSIDE Double Yellow lines most pedal cyclists ride road side on the yellow lines. and as mentioned above "he was not taking notice of his surroundings, ERmm No Sympathy and as mentioned he never reported this to ANY authority , UNLUCKY PAL and hope if he is working his employers read this .
Ashley reported the uncovered drain to Yorkshire Water on Sunday, who he said told him the cover would be replaced as soon as possible. However when he returned to the same spot a day after the incident, the hole was still uncovered. A spokeswoman for Yorkshire Water said: "We received a call from a customer on Sunday reporting a problem with one of our grates in Gale Lane. Following the notification of the problem, one of our service partners was sent to Gale Lane and repairs were completed on Tuesday......... READ THE FULL ARTICLE before you comment please
He can't he has no brains.
[quote][p][bold]Mizi123[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Dave Ruddock[/bold] wrote: Has anyone noticed where in the road this Inspection plate (Not a manhole cover) is situated regards to the Road. Curb side INSIDE Double Yellow lines most pedal cyclists ride road side on the yellow lines. and as mentioned above "he was not taking notice of his surroundings, ERmm No Sympathy and as mentioned he never reported this to ANY authority , UNLUCKY PAL and hope if he is working his employers read this .[/p][/quote]Ashley reported the uncovered drain to Yorkshire Water on Sunday, who he said told him the cover would be replaced as soon as possible. However when he returned to the same spot a day after the incident, the hole was still uncovered. A spokeswoman for Yorkshire Water said: "We received a call from a customer on Sunday reporting a problem with one of our grates in Gale Lane. Following the notification of the problem, one of our service partners was sent to Gale Lane and repairs were completed on Tuesday......... READ THE FULL ARTICLE before you comment please[/p][/quote]He can't he has no brains. jake777
  • Score: 12

12:34am Sun 20 Apr 14

sniper 9964 says...

No lights or BRAKES on that bike nor refectors. Should not be on the road
No lights or BRAKES on that bike nor refectors. Should not be on the road sniper 9964
  • Score: -10

12:37am Sun 20 Apr 14

Dave Ruddock says...

I Apoligise for my outburst
I Apoligise for my outburst Dave Ruddock
  • Score: -7

7:36am Sun 20 Apr 14

ashleycook says...

sniper 9964 wrote:
No lights or BRAKES on that bike nor refectors. Should not be on the road
Again stupid people making stupid observations. The bike is fitted with front and back hydraulic disc brakes and why would I need lights at 5pm in the afternoon? Give me strength
[quote][p][bold]sniper 9964[/bold] wrote: No lights or BRAKES on that bike nor refectors. Should not be on the road[/p][/quote]Again stupid people making stupid observations. The bike is fitted with front and back hydraulic disc brakes and why would I need lights at 5pm in the afternoon? Give me strength ashleycook
  • Score: 15

8:52am Sun 20 Apr 14

Caecilius says...

mitch2nd wrote:
well people say what they think was he, texting? making a call? did he have his arms folded like most bike riders I see? was he riding too fast?

These and many other things I see bike riders doing, a manhole is pretty big so to miss it he was doing something he shouldn't be
"Most" bike riders you see are riding with their arms folded? You must be failing to spot 99% of cyclists, then. I hope you're not driving.
[quote][p][bold]mitch2nd[/bold] wrote: well people say what they think was he, texting? making a call? did he have his arms folded like most bike riders I see? was he riding too fast? These and many other things I see bike riders doing, a manhole is pretty big so to miss it he was doing something he shouldn't be[/p][/quote]"Most" bike riders you see are riding with their arms folded? You must be failing to spot 99% of cyclists, then. I hope you're not driving. Caecilius
  • Score: -3

8:52am Sun 20 Apr 14

Stocksandshares says...

A piece of motorway and piece of dual carriage way are enjoying a drink in the pub. In walks a piece of red tarmac. The bit of motorway whispers to the bit of carrageway "Come on lets drink up and go before the trouble starts; He's a bit of a cyclepath!"
A piece of motorway and piece of dual carriage way are enjoying a drink in the pub. In walks a piece of red tarmac. The bit of motorway whispers to the bit of carrageway "Come on lets drink up and go before the trouble starts; He's a bit of a cyclepath!" Stocksandshares
  • Score: 13

8:01pm Sun 20 Apr 14

yorkiemum says...

Stupid and unnecessary comments you did nothing wrong Ashley unfortunately this sort of thing brings the worst out of people. Take no notice you did the right thing.
Stupid and unnecessary comments you did nothing wrong Ashley unfortunately this sort of thing brings the worst out of people. Take no notice you did the right thing. yorkiemum
  • Score: 9

9:08pm Sun 20 Apr 14

againstthecuts says...

Can't believe the cruel comments on here. Would be different if their kids fell down the hole.
Can't believe the cruel comments on here. Would be different if their kids fell down the hole. againstthecuts
  • Score: 6

10:04pm Sun 20 Apr 14

m dee says...

pedalling paul wrote:
Thr recommended "secondary" riding position is around a handlebar's width from the kerb. That will enable most tyre puncturing detrius and sunken/missing grate covers to be avoided. But not all of them.
This will make an interesting clain if it comes to court, given the cyclist's "own world" stratement.
Paul,you often comment on other peoples spelling,
a clain is a long river in western France,and what is a stratement.?
also the advice you gave would not be any use in this case as the drain cover was where the cyclist was exiting a cycle path onto the highway, many of the experts on here just do not have a clue,Ashley should be thanked for at least reporting it promptly.
[quote][p][bold]pedalling paul [/bold] wrote: Thr recommended "secondary" riding position is around a handlebar's width from the kerb. That will enable most tyre puncturing detrius and sunken/missing grate covers to be avoided. But not all of them. This will make an interesting clain if it comes to court, given the cyclist's "own world" stratement.[/p][/quote]Paul,you often comment on other peoples spelling, a clain is a long river in western France,and what is a stratement.? also the advice you gave would not be any use in this case as the drain cover was where the cyclist was exiting a cycle path onto the highway, many of the experts on here just do not have a clue,Ashley should be thanked for at least reporting it promptly. m dee
  • Score: 13

9:35am Mon 21 Apr 14

markymmark says...

Two days for Yorkshire Water to sort a potential life threatening problem is totally unacceptable.
Two days for Yorkshire Water to sort a potential life threatening problem is totally unacceptable. markymmark
  • Score: 5

10:00am Mon 21 Apr 14

accountess says...

A very lucky man... (tongue in cheek!).I remember this guy when he lived on Tang Hall.
A very lucky man... (tongue in cheek!).I remember this guy when he lived on Tang Hall. accountess
  • Score: 0

10:12am Mon 21 Apr 14

roy_batty says...

Yorkborneinbse wrote:
A 10 to 15 inch hole, reported on Sunday and fixed on Tuesday. Did he not think that the first phone call should have been to the Council, or even the police to get a traffic cone stuck over the hole.
Clearly not too bothered about the 70-80 year old facing the same fate then Ashley, rather get in touch with the press first ?

You also returned the following day to check, and alarmingly, it was still there !!!!

Your omissions to prevent someone else the same fate as you, is the real story here.
Exactly! I arrived home one lunchtime to find all the man hole covers taken from the back lane of where i live, luckily i spotted the missing cover before going down it, i got straight onto the council and reported it, stating a lot of young schoolchildren walk that way home and we get a few dog walkers, later that evening cones were placed around them and the following day we had new covers.
[quote][p][bold]Yorkborneinbse[/bold] wrote: A 10 to 15 inch hole, reported on Sunday and fixed on Tuesday. Did he not think that the first phone call should have been to the Council, or even the police to get a traffic cone stuck over the hole. Clearly not too bothered about the 70-80 year old facing the same fate then Ashley, rather get in touch with the press first ? You also returned the following day to check, and alarmingly, it was still there !!!! Your omissions to prevent someone else the same fate as you, is the real story here.[/p][/quote]Exactly! I arrived home one lunchtime to find all the man hole covers taken from the back lane of where i live, luckily i spotted the missing cover before going down it, i got straight onto the council and reported it, stating a lot of young schoolchildren walk that way home and we get a few dog walkers, later that evening cones were placed around them and the following day we had new covers. roy_batty
  • Score: 6

10:27am Mon 21 Apr 14

ashleycook says...

roy_batty wrote:
Yorkborneinbse wrote:
A 10 to 15 inch hole, reported on Sunday and fixed on Tuesday. Did he not think that the first phone call should have been to the Council, or even the police to get a traffic cone stuck over the hole.
Clearly not too bothered about the 70-80 year old facing the same fate then Ashley, rather get in touch with the press first ?

You also returned the following day to check, and alarmingly, it was still there !!!!

Your omissions to prevent someone else the same fate as you, is the real story here.
Exactly! I arrived home one lunchtime to find all the man hole covers taken from the back lane of where i live, luckily i spotted the missing cover before going down it, i got straight onto the council and reported it, stating a lot of young schoolchildren walk that way home and we get a few dog walkers, later that evening cones were placed around them and the following day we had new covers.
I also did the same not to the council as I know it's not a council responsibility and would of been told to contact Yorkshire water which is what I did.
It took Yorkshire water 2 days to get this sorted. Is THAT my responsibility?
I spent over 15 pounds on calls to Yorkshire water to get this resolved.
What any of this has to do with my past or where I used to live is totally beyond me, if you read the article and comments you will see Iv made NO claim for compensation Iv not even raised the query of getting my bike repaired which I believe I would be well within my rights.
All Iv tried doing is a public service and had nothing but absolute rubbish thrown at me for doing so. Next time I will know to keep my mouth shut and possibly let one of your elderly relatives or young children fall down the hole, itwould be very interesting to see how many compensation claims would be going in then.
I think the reaction Iv received is absolutely disgusting and a lot of people are very suspicious and cynical. Perhaps that should make you look and question yourselves..........
........

It would be very interesting to see how many of these nasty and derogatory comments would of been posted had they not been anonymous.
[quote][p][bold]roy_batty[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Yorkborneinbse[/bold] wrote: A 10 to 15 inch hole, reported on Sunday and fixed on Tuesday. Did he not think that the first phone call should have been to the Council, or even the police to get a traffic cone stuck over the hole. Clearly not too bothered about the 70-80 year old facing the same fate then Ashley, rather get in touch with the press first ? You also returned the following day to check, and alarmingly, it was still there !!!! Your omissions to prevent someone else the same fate as you, is the real story here.[/p][/quote]Exactly! I arrived home one lunchtime to find all the man hole covers taken from the back lane of where i live, luckily i spotted the missing cover before going down it, i got straight onto the council and reported it, stating a lot of young schoolchildren walk that way home and we get a few dog walkers, later that evening cones were placed around them and the following day we had new covers.[/p][/quote]I also did the same not to the council as I know it's not a council responsibility and would of been told to contact Yorkshire water which is what I did. It took Yorkshire water 2 days to get this sorted. Is THAT my responsibility? I spent over 15 pounds on calls to Yorkshire water to get this resolved. What any of this has to do with my past or where I used to live is totally beyond me, if you read the article and comments you will see Iv made NO claim for compensation Iv not even raised the query of getting my bike repaired which I believe I would be well within my rights. All Iv tried doing is a public service and had nothing but absolute rubbish thrown at me for doing so. Next time I will know to keep my mouth shut and possibly let one of your elderly relatives or young children fall down the hole, itwould be very interesting to see how many compensation claims would be going in then. I think the reaction Iv received is absolutely disgusting and a lot of people are very suspicious and cynical. Perhaps that should make you look and question yourselves.......... ........ It would be very interesting to see how many of these nasty and derogatory comments would of been posted had they not been anonymous. ashleycook
  • Score: 15

2:34pm Mon 21 Apr 14

bloodaxe says...

Apropriate story for Easter: innocent man condemned by baying mob.
Apropriate story for Easter: innocent man condemned by baying mob. bloodaxe
  • Score: 3

5:20pm Mon 21 Apr 14

TICKLETREVOR says...

he should be grate-ful he did not break anything.
he should be grate-ful he did not break anything. TICKLETREVOR
  • Score: 2

8:25pm Mon 21 Apr 14

CLAIRELAURAINE says...

accountess wrote:
A very lucky man... (tongue in cheek!).I remember this guy when he lived on Tang Hall.
Would you have made the same comment if he had lived on Stockton Lane?
[quote][p][bold]accountess[/bold] wrote: A very lucky man... (tongue in cheek!).I remember this guy when he lived on Tang Hall.[/p][/quote]Would you have made the same comment if he had lived on Stockton Lane? CLAIRELAURAINE
  • Score: 2

9:15pm Mon 21 Apr 14

MouseHouse says...

sniper 9964 wrote:
No lights or BRAKES on that bike nor refectors. Should not be on the road
You can quite clearly see the disc brakes on the front wheel. There is no need for lights at that time of day, at this time of the year.

The only reflection needed is from this chap to consider the absolute necessity to concentrate all the time when cycling. When on the roads you simply cannot afford to be in a "world of your own". That is an offence when driving a car, so consider yourself lucky.

I am a very keen cyclist, I'm no blind idiotic car lover but you have to live up to your responsibilities.
[quote][p][bold]sniper 9964[/bold] wrote: No lights or BRAKES on that bike nor refectors. Should not be on the road[/p][/quote]You can quite clearly see the disc brakes on the front wheel. There is no need for lights at that time of day, at this time of the year. The only reflection needed is from this chap to consider the absolute necessity to concentrate all the time when cycling. When on the roads you simply cannot afford to be in a "world of your own". That is an offence when driving a car, so consider yourself lucky. I am a very keen cyclist, I'm no blind idiotic car lover but you have to live up to your responsibilities. MouseHouse
  • Score: 5

10:32pm Mon 21 Apr 14

howmanymoretimes says...

I can't believe that people can be so nasty. There are still plenty of non money grabbing decent citizens out there .

Thank you Ashley
I can't believe that people can be so nasty. There are still plenty of non money grabbing decent citizens out there . Thank you Ashley howmanymoretimes
  • Score: 2

12:17am Tue 22 Apr 14

accountess says...

CLAIRELAURAINE wrote:
accountess wrote:
A very lucky man... (tongue in cheek!).I remember this guy when he lived on Tang Hall.
Would you have made the same comment if he had lived on Stockton Lane?
Of course I would have made the same comment if he had lived in Stockton Lane, but he didn't. Nor did he live in Chalfont St.Giles.
[quote][p][bold]CLAIRELAURAINE[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]accountess[/bold] wrote: A very lucky man... (tongue in cheek!).I remember this guy when he lived on Tang Hall.[/p][/quote]Would you have made the same comment if he had lived on Stockton Lane?[/p][/quote]Of course I would have made the same comment if he had lived in Stockton Lane, but he didn't. Nor did he live in Chalfont St.Giles. accountess
  • Score: -2

4:26am Tue 22 Apr 14

Magicman! says...

Why have the proper comments made by people who have sympathy for the guy got negative comments, whilst the ones suggesting he wasn't looking properly/making it up/trying to get a claim all have positive votes?? Just goes to show the anti-cyclist nature of a lot of people in this city. Shame on all of you.
Why have the proper comments made by people who have sympathy for the guy got negative comments, whilst the ones suggesting he wasn't looking properly/making it up/trying to get a claim all have positive votes?? Just goes to show the anti-cyclist nature of a lot of people in this city. Shame on all of you. Magicman!
  • Score: 3

9:34am Tue 22 Apr 14

Mizi123 says...

Magicman! wrote:
Why have the proper comments made by people who have sympathy for the guy got negative comments, whilst the ones suggesting he wasn't looking properly/making it up/trying to get a claim all have positive votes?? Just goes to show the anti-cyclist nature of a lot of people in this city. Shame on all of you.
Some people have nothing better to do, it goes to prove what sad miserable people they are. I suppose some have commented to get a reaction, some have commented because they have nothing better to do with their time but one person on here has done it because he thinks its clever to try to belittle and humiliate this man without thinking of the upset it has caused HIS family, thank you to the York press for removing all his childish and uncalled for comments.
[quote][p][bold]Magicman![/bold] wrote: Why have the proper comments made by people who have sympathy for the guy got negative comments, whilst the ones suggesting he wasn't looking properly/making it up/trying to get a claim all have positive votes?? Just goes to show the anti-cyclist nature of a lot of people in this city. Shame on all of you.[/p][/quote]Some people have nothing better to do, it goes to prove what sad miserable people they are. I suppose some have commented to get a reaction, some have commented because they have nothing better to do with their time but one person on here has done it because he thinks its clever to try to belittle and humiliate this man without thinking of the upset it has caused HIS family, thank you to the York press for removing all his childish and uncalled for comments. Mizi123
  • Score: 3

2:31pm Tue 22 Apr 14

holden79 says...

I say "well done" to Ashley for reporting this. A child or elderly person could have been involved in an accident in the 2 days it took to get the problem sorted - THEN there would be a story about a compensation claim.... I use my bike everyday and don't expect entire manholes to be exposed like that - and does anyone know just how much water companies make in profit?? It is obscene..... there should be a freefone number for reporting this - how many of the people leaving nasty comments would have just hung up when they realised the call wasn't free?? Most of you probably.

We're supposed to be a community looking out for each other and that's what this bloke has done - highlighted a potential danger. Good on him.

As for all the keyboard warriors making unpleasant comments...... get a life.
I say "well done" to Ashley for reporting this. A child or elderly person could have been involved in an accident in the 2 days it took to get the problem sorted - THEN there would be a story about a compensation claim.... I use my bike everyday and don't expect entire manholes to be exposed like that - and does anyone know just how much water companies make in profit?? It is obscene..... there should be a freefone number for reporting this - how many of the people leaving nasty comments would have just hung up when they realised the call wasn't free?? Most of you probably. We're supposed to be a community looking out for each other and that's what this bloke has done - highlighted a potential danger. Good on him. As for all the keyboard warriors making unpleasant comments...... get a life. holden79
  • Score: 4

9:10am Wed 23 Apr 14

Hazzie says...

I would say well done to this young man for reporting this issue,think some people should get off his back,he did his best at the time to resolve this problem,WELL DONE,Ashley,you sound like a caring young man.
I would say well done to this young man for reporting this issue,think some people should get off his back,he did his best at the time to resolve this problem,WELL DONE,Ashley,you sound like a caring young man. Hazzie
  • Score: 2

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