A BRIDLINGTON man has warned other cyclists in the town to be extra vigilant after falling victim to a dangerous prank.
Rob Bennett, 49, was cycling home along the seafront at 6am last Sunday, May 8, when he cycled into a length of thin rope which had been stretched from a buoy to the railings at the other side of the path.
The force of impact flung Rob from his bicycle, leaving him groggy, after a bang to the back of the head, and with heavy bruising to his arms, legs and lower back.
“I had no idea what had happened, I was just cycling along and, because it was so early, the light wasn’t very strong and I didn’t see the rope stretched out in front of me,” said Rob, who runs the Belmont Guest House on Flamborough Road.
“It isn’t the sort of thing you would expect to find and, when I hit it, I flew off my bike. I was very groggy for about 15 minutes.”
Rob was returning home from his second job, where he works as a security guard at South Cliff Caravan Park.
“I had noticed on my way home that someone had put temporary barriers up at one entrance of the park and ride site, and then the thin metal barriers on top of bollards at another entrance.
“Luckily, because these were metal, they reflected the lights from my bike so I could see them.”
Rob reported this incident, which he put down to rowdy behaviour “from people who might have had one or two too many on the Saturday night.”
He added: “I assume that it was probably the same group of people who did all of these things, but they need to realise how dangerous it is to put a rope across the path like that.
“The Land Train passes down there and I don’t know what would have happened if they came across it.
“There were a lot of empty alcohol bottles littered about, so I imagine whoever did it must have been drinking.
“They need to think about their actions.”