Category Archives: Ambulance Cycles & Motorbikes

LJ05 FHU One of London Ambulance’s rapid response Honda ST1300s …

LJ05 FHU One of London Ambulance’s rapid response Honda ST1300s lights up the night with flashing blue lights. The bike is parked at the roadside while the rider paramedic attends an emergency call indoors. Leaving the flashing lights on means that the ambulance attending can quickly identify the location and the bike is unlikely to be towed away for parking on a red route.
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WA04 AEN This is a Honda ST1300 that is operated by Medevent Limited…

WA04 AEN This is a Honda ST1300 that is operated by Medevent Limited. The bike is shown here at speed following a group of elite racing cyclists on closed city streets. The medic can offer help to any riders crashing before his colleagues back him up in a private ambulance.
The rear view, showing the scene just prior to the start of the race. The message sign was displaying “Cycle Race” with red flashing lights.
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This privately operated ambulance cycle is heavily…

This privately operated ambulance cycle is heavily equipped. It has the usual medical equipment on the rear and front panniers. The whole bike is decked out in yellow with green stripes.v
On the handlebars is a vast array of equipment. It has a mirror, a small and a large siren, white lights, blue constant light, blue flashing lights and even a bluetooth Tomtom Rider sat nav. It’s no wonder the brakes have been upgraded to cope with the weight.
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In August 2006, a two-month trial began using…

In August 2006, a two-month trial began using cycles to respond to 999 calls in The City area of London. This follows from the success of established units in the West End and Heathrow. Here are two of the four medics with their bikes.
… As an emergency call comes in by mobile ‘phone from the control room, one medic makes a quick note of the details and then checks the route on the map.
… Both the paramedic and technician then head off to take the fastest route to the patient, cutting through traffic and side streets.
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Here is a paramedic cyclist practicing riding down…

Here is a paramedic cyclist practicing riding down steps with a heavy load on the rear of the bike.
And the same person practicing riding up steps! The key is to maintain forward motion by approaching at speed, pulling the handlebars up and continuing to pedal up the steps. Spotters on the steps are ready to lend a hand if the rider can’t make it to the top.
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