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A Perth cyclist has told how his life changed in a matter of seconds after he was hit by a car at an intersection in Ardross.
Ian Beard is now in traction in Royal Perth Hospital and believes all road users - drivers and cyclists - need to change their ways to prevent more deaths.
Mr Beard was knocked out cold by a car driven by a driver who did not see him. When he woke up, he found the impact had resulted in three fractured vertebrae and spinal damage.
While it could be as long as six weeks before the full extent of his damage is known and a long road to rehabilitation lies ahead of him at Shenton Park, Beard says he will continue to campaign tirelessly for road users to show more courtesy to each other.
He told Radio 6PR the accident, which was caught on CCTV, was worse than he had thought.
“I’ve seen the CCTV footage and it was a lot more horrific than I imagined,” he said.
“It was pretty violent but that’s just how things can change in a matter of seconds.
“I was knocked out cold after I went over the top of the car. I have a recollection of hitting the vehicle but nothing much after that.”
A fireman who rides his bike to work and competes in local cycling events, Mr Beard said people needed to take responsibility for their actions.
He was also quick to point out that smart phones had made the situation on roads much worse for drivers, cyclists and pedestrians.
“As a cyclist, there’s no way we should be allowed to ride two abreast on the roads, we need to look at changing that rule," he said.
“We should all have a fair share, cars, pedestrians and bikes.
"People just need to be a bit more considerate and just have some situational awareness.
“People have their heads buried in phones, these days, everyone has to look at that important message they’ve just got...every time I cycle through the South Perth foreshore, you clean up a walker on a phone.
“They don’t even look and I don’t know how many more people aren’t killed or injured because they don’t even look where they are going.”
Mr Beard said he was determined to return to cycling.
“I’ll just take it day by day and try my hardest with the physio and stay positive and hopefully cycle out of Shenton Park some time this year," he said.