Feb 13 2014 by Sophie McCoid, Ormskirk Advertiser
A CYCLIST has spoken out about the daily abuse he and other cyclists face across West Lancashire.
Rickie Ball, 50, commutes from Scarisbrick to Liverpool daily and is often jeered at by passing drivers.
When Rickie was cycling in Burscough earlier this month, however, things took a more sinister turn as he was spat at by a passenger of a car after being verbally abused by him.
Rickie said: “It’s totally out of order. I went to the police station as soon as it happened and described the lad who did it but wasn’t hopeful that they’d catch him.
“However, I got a call from them shortly after saying that they had found the man who did it and would I be keen to enter into the restorative justice process, to which I agreed.”
The man who abused Ricky didn’t want to sit down with him, however, and engage in the process so the police closed the matter saying there was nothing more they could do.
Ricky said: “I am absolutely staggered. I was effectively assaulted and nothing is going to be done about it – it just makes a mockery of the whole justice system.
“I know it’s a fairly low- level crime but as the victim I feel totally let down and I think the police should be dealing with him much more robustly.
“I feel I have lost out in all areas, I feel even more vulnerable while out cycling, my clothing has been ruined and the perpetrator gets away without any real or appropriate punishment, it’s shambolic.
“I’m a really good cyclist, I wear high-vis and follow the Highway Code, but this incident has made me really conscious and paranoid.
“However, this is just one example of the abuse cyclists face from motorists, and it’s becoming more and more dangerous on the roads.
“I hope my story highlights the plight of cyclists in the area. We’re all being told to get on our bikes but you can see why people don’t.”