Pedestrian, 67, is left a bloodied mess with shattered teeth after being hit from behind by a cyclist on a shared pathway
- John DeVries, 67, was hit from behind by a cyclist at about 6.20am on Saturday
- The retiree was on the shared pathway on Jack Pesch Bridge, west Brisbane
- Mr DeVries was recovering from heart surgery and injured his face and teeth
- He called for a 10km/h cyclist speed limit to be implemented on the bridge
A retiree recovering from open heart surgery has been left with shattered teeth after being hit by a cyclist on a shared pathway.
John DeVries, 67, was walking on Jack Pesch Bridge, in west Brisbane, when he was hit from behind at about 6.20am on Saturday.
The Indooroopilly local said he had been encouraged to walk every day as part of his recovery from surgery and did not hear the cyclist approaching.
‘I didn’t see the bike coming, I didn’t hear it, I just got hit from behind … this one, instead of whizzing past, just ran straight into me,’ he told The Courier Mail.
Retiree John DeVries (pictured), 67, was recovering from open heart surgery when he was hit from behind by a cyclist while on his morning walk across Jack Pesch Bridge, in west Brisbane
Mr DeVries was hit at about 6.20am on Saturday morning and rushed to Wesley Hospital where he was told he may need to undergo surgery on his teeth (Jack Pesch Bridge pictured)
Mr DeVries was left with a bloodied face and clothing and was rushed to Wesley Hospital.
The 67-year-old was hospitalised for several hours and a number of superficial injuries on his face and hands were treated.
Ligaments of Mr DeVries upper front teeth also came loose after the collision and the retiree may be forced to have surgery on his teeth.
Mr DeVries has called on local authorities, such as Brisbane City Council and the State Government, to enforce a 10km/h speed limit on the bridge.
‘It really is very unsafe for pedestrians and bicycles to share it, particularly at times when there is lots of bicycles,’ he explained.
His wife, Susan DeVries, said cyclists on Jack Pesch Bridge were often aggressive.
‘There’s no rules, it’s like you take your life into your hands on that bridge,’ she explained.
Brisbane West Bicycle User Group organiser Chris Cox told Daily Mail Australia he had never witnessed such a violent crash on the bridge.
‘I can’t recall a collision like this on the Jack Pesch Bridge before, despite hundreds of pedestrian and cyclist movements every day,’ he explained.
Mr DeVries has called for a 10km/h speed limit to be enforced on Jack Pesch Bridge (pictured)
Mr Cox said separating cyclists and pedestrians, rather than enforcing a speed limit, would be the most effective solution.
‘Generally what has been successful in other areas to improve safety for all users has been what’s called soft modal separation, that is using painted lines and stencils to partition the path into cyclist and pedestrian sections,’ he said.
A Brisbane City Council spokeswoman told Daily Mail Australia the state government was responsible for setting cyclist speed limits.
‘Pedestrian and cyclist safety is our absolute priority and we regularly consult with residents, cyclist groups, and all levels of government to make sure our roads are as safe as possible for all users,’ a spokeswoman said.
‘Ultimately, it is the state government who are responsible for setting rules around cyclist speed limits and, currently, bikes are not required to have a speedometer.
‘Queensland Police Service are the only authority who can enforce cycling speed limits.’
Daily Mail Australia has contacted the Queensland Government, Member for Maiwar and Queensland Police for comment.
Brisbane City Council said the state government were responsible for setting rules around cyclist speed limits and bikes were not required to have a speedometer