Concerns over safety of 184 bus route after eight-year-old knocked down on bike in Barnet

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Neighbours have raised concerns over the safety of a bus route after an eight-year-old boy was knocked down on his bike.

The eight-year-old is currently fighting for his life after he was hit by a 184 bus in Chesterfield Road, Barnet, at 8.15pm yesterday.

Witnesses who live in the area heard a “loud noise” but were stunned after they heard a young boy had been involved.

Mother-of-two Tracy said: “I heard the impact from inside. I looked out the window and saw a bus. I thought it was two vehicles colliding.

“I didn’t realise it was a little boy. There were loads of people and paramedics gathered around.”

Others say the situation highlights the lack of safety measures on the street, which is heavily used by buses.

The driver of the bus stopped at the scene and has not been arrested.

Karen Marchant, who has lived in Chesterfield Road for 26 years, said: “We have had a lot of issues with buses.

“They don’t need to be constantly coming up and down, it’s not a good environment for children.

“I’m surprised there hasn’t been a bus accident before this.”

Her neighbour, Michael Ward, said he arrived home at midnight to find the police had cordoned off the area. They stayed on the scene until 2am.

Any witnesses are asked to call 020 8991 9555.

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5:16pm Wed 18 Jun 14

LocalMummy2014 says...

I live just off of Chesterfield Road and my child attends the same school as the child involved in the collision...and as another mother I can only imagine what his family are going through right now! The 184 buses are frequent...which isn't a bad thing if people who don't have a car need to get somewhere. The real issue is the lack of Road safety the local children have! There are forever boys in small groups (between the ages of 7 and 16) on bikes in the middle of the road around here (none wearing helmets)...many a time I have had to swerve my car to miss them. They mess about in the road (not saying this is what happened in this collision as I wasn't there to witness it) with no regard for their safety. It could have quite easily been a car instead of a bus...so the answer isn't to reduce the buses or cars for that matter! Children need to be educated properly on road safety...And at the age of 8 I doubt the child had done his cycling proficiency test - the school he attends does it in year 5 and 6 and he is only in year 4. This tragic accident highlights the need for parents to educate their children to stay out of the road and keep safe. Fingers crossed he makes a full recovery!
I live just off of Chesterfield Road and my child attends the same school as the child involved in the collision...and as another mother I can only imagine what his family are going through right now! The 184 buses are frequent...which isn't a bad thing if people who don't have a car need to get somewhere. The real issue is the lack of Road safety the local children have! There are forever boys in small groups (between the ages of 7 and 16) on bikes in the middle of the road around here (none wearing helmets)...many a time I have had to swerve my car to miss them. They mess about in the road (not saying this is what happened in this collision as I wasn't there to witness it) with no regard for their safety. It could have quite easily been a car instead of a bus...so the answer isn't to reduce the buses or cars for that matter! Children need to be educated properly on road safety...And at the age of 8 I doubt the child had done his cycling proficiency test - the school he attends does it in year 5 and 6 and he is only in year 4. This tragic accident highlights the need for parents to educate their children to stay out of the road and keep safe. Fingers crossed he makes a full recovery! LocalMummy2014
  • Score: 21

6:06pm Wed 18 Jun 14

Neville Longbottom says...

Who is the phone number to?
Who is the phone number to? Neville Longbottom
  • Score: 1

8:53pm Wed 18 Jun 14

localmum69 says...

Whilst this is a devastating time for the young boy and his family I find it incredible that one woman would use this terrible accident as ammunition against her ongoing constant complaints about the 184s. My grandparents use the 184 bus service on a daily basis to get around I'm lucky I drive and have access to a car as does the woman moaning about the buses! We all know how some of the children shoot across the road down there whilst the road was still closed off last night I had a kid shoot out between 2 parked cars on his bike who's fault would it have been if I knocked him over? I hope this woman never has to rely on a bus service when she's older or has no access to a car. If we are asking questions about the tragic accident may we ask why there was a 8 year old child cycling in close proximity to a main road at 20:15.
Whilst this is a devastating time for the young boy and his family I find it incredible that one woman would use this terrible accident as ammunition against her ongoing constant complaints about the 184s. My grandparents use the 184 bus service on a daily basis to get around I'm lucky I drive and have access to a car as does the woman moaning about the buses! We all know how some of the children shoot across the road down there whilst the road was still closed off last night I had a kid shoot out between 2 parked cars on his bike who's fault would it have been if I knocked him over? I hope this woman never has to rely on a bus service when she's older or has no access to a car. If we are asking questions about the tragic accident may we ask why there was a 8 year old child cycling in close proximity to a main road at 20:15. localmum69
  • Score: 13

11:04pm Wed 18 Jun 14

EN5Res says...

I didn't witness the accident, so cannot comment on the rights and wrongs of the case. I do however know how valuable the bus route is and, with many years without incident, would suggest the road/bus route is relatively safe when all road users take due care.

I cannot imagine what those involved are going through, but hope they each find the strength they need to carry on.
I didn't witness the accident, so cannot comment on the rights and wrongs of the case. I do however know how valuable the bus route is and, with many years without incident, would suggest the road/bus route is relatively safe when all road users take due care. I cannot imagine what those involved are going through, but hope they each find the strength they need to carry on. EN5Res
  • Score: 8

2:43pm Fri 20 Jun 14

Edgar de Jarnac says...

It's not the 184 bus route that's the problem. The problem is irresponsible parents who unbelieveably let their children play in the road on a bus route, unsupervised.
It's not the 184 bus route that's the problem. The problem is irresponsible parents who unbelieveably let their children play in the road on a bus route, unsupervised. Edgar de Jarnac
  • Score: 9

11:13am Sun 29 Jun 14

T22222 says...

Edgar de Jarnac wrote:
It's not the 184 bus route that's the problem. The problem is irresponsible parents who unbelieveably let their children play in the road on a bus route, unsupervised.
Not the irresponsible drivers who don't take enough care on a residential road then?
[quote][p][bold]Edgar de Jarnac[/bold] wrote: It's not the 184 bus route that's the problem. The problem is irresponsible parents who unbelieveably let their children play in the road on a bus route, unsupervised.[/p][/quote]Not the irresponsible drivers who don't take enough care on a residential road then? T22222
  • Score: -1

11:21am Sun 29 Jun 14

T22222 says...

localmum69 wrote:
Whilst this is a devastating time for the young boy and his family I find it incredible that one woman would use this terrible accident as ammunition against her ongoing constant complaints about the 184s. My grandparents use the 184 bus service on a daily basis to get around I'm lucky I drive and have access to a car as does the woman moaning about the buses! We all know how some of the children shoot across the road down there whilst the road was still closed off last night I had a kid shoot out between 2 parked cars on his bike who's fault would it have been if I knocked him over? I hope this woman never has to rely on a bus service when she's older or has no access to a car. If we are asking questions about the tragic accident may we ask why there was a 8 year old child cycling in close proximity to a main road at 20:15.
Your fault! A child should be able to play without you running him down. If you worry about hitting someone, slow down. You know that children shoot across the road. Should they be locked indoors so you can drive faster?
[quote][p][bold]localmum69[/bold] wrote: Whilst this is a devastating time for the young boy and his family I find it incredible that one woman would use this terrible accident as ammunition against her ongoing constant complaints about the 184s. My grandparents use the 184 bus service on a daily basis to get around I'm lucky I drive and have access to a car as does the woman moaning about the buses! We all know how some of the children shoot across the road down there whilst the road was still closed off last night I had a kid shoot out between 2 parked cars on his bike who's fault would it have been if I knocked him over? I hope this woman never has to rely on a bus service when she's older or has no access to a car. If we are asking questions about the tragic accident may we ask why there was a 8 year old child cycling in close proximity to a main road at 20:15.[/p][/quote]Your fault! A child should be able to play without you running him down. If you worry about hitting someone, slow down. You know that children shoot across the road. Should they be locked indoors so you can drive faster? T22222
  • Score: -1

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