Category Archives: Ambulance Cycles

This picture shows two flashing blue lights and…

This picture shows two flashing blue lights and a flashing ambulance sign on the rear of a London ambulance bike. What is interesting is the fact that they are paper thin and are made of material. They run on a separate small pack of batteries and can run continuously for weeks.
A similar pannier box can be seen on the back of this St John Ambulance London District Cycle Response unit.
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Tees, East and North Yorkshire Ambulance Service’s…

Tees, East and North Yorkshire Ambulance Service’s Life-Cycle team expanded in June 2004 with the introduction of two more reserve riders. In the centre is Technician Kate Walker who is the first female ambulance cyclist outside of London. She is joined on the right by Technician Neil Green. The extra manpower allows cover to be maintained 12 hours per day, every day of the year in York city centre. On the left of the picture is founding Life-Cycle paramedic Mark Inman.
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In April 2004 one TENYAS life-cycle was equipped with…

In April 2004 one TENYAS life-cycle was equipped with a large high-visibility yellow pannier in the same style as LAS’s cycles (see below). The pannier box is embroided with the life-cycle logo and has large ‘ambulance’ signs on all sides. It has reflective striping to the rear and a clear map case on the top flap.
This photograph shows the two packs of medical equipment that slide out of the pannier box, along with the oxygen cylinder. This revised design means that the cycle is highly visible whether the medical equipment is in use or not.
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In August 2003 the TENYAS life-cycle team was …

In August 2003 the TENYAS life-cycle team was expanded from one to four paramedics. For the previous two-and-a-half years, one paramedic has been working eight hours per day, five days per week. With the additional man-power, the unit will operate for twelve hours per day, seven days per week. Pictured (from left to right) are Mark Inman, Martin Dodd, Neil Roberts and Andy Church.
The re-liveried (August 2003) third life-cycle.
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This is the third TENYAS life cycle. New in May 2003…

This is the third TENYAS life cycle. New in May 2003, this yellow bike is fitted with two white and two blue flashing lights, a siren and panniers of medical equipment and was bought with a generous donation from the Rotary Club. It is used to answer 999 calls as a rapid response unit in the narrow, winding streets of York. The front suspension on the cycle is great on rough terrain, but wastes the rider’s energy moving up and down when pedalling hard on roads. Hence a small switch on the handlebar can be flicked which locks the suspension in position, disabling it and allowing the bike to act as though it is not fitted with suspension.
The third life cycle in use!
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This picture shows from left to right: paramedics…

This picture shows from left to right: paramedics Mark Inman (life-cycle rider), Simon Marshall (assistant life-cycle project manager) and Paul Brown (life-cycle project manager). They are preparing for a challenge involving racing around a track and attending to simulated casualties at a cycle event.
The challenge in progress! Paramedic Paul Brown is applying a bandage to a casulaty before continuing on to complete another lap of the course.
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Paramedic Mark Inman is responding to a 999 call for…

Paramedic Mark Inman is responding to a 999 call for an ambulance. He knows all of the short cuts through the city of York to rapidly respond to calls.
Mark has removed the panniers of medical equipment and entered the house of an 89 year old lady. She dialed 999 after damaging her hand by a fall when shopping. Mark arrived in three minutes after zipping through the traffic using his blue flashing lights and sirens.
An ambulance calmly arrives and the lady is prepared for transportation to hospital. Mark contacts the control room to let them know the details of the call before standing down.
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This was the first bicycle to be featured on UKev…

This was the first bicycle to be featured on UKev. On trial for 16 weeks in York’s city centre (during summer 2001, and then made permanent) is TENYAS’s (Tees, East and North Yorkshire Ambulance Service) paramedic life-cycle, fully equipped to cope with any emergency. The bike is quicker at getting through the tight, winding streets of York than a regular ambulance.
It is fitted out with white lights alongside blue flashing lights and a siren! The siren is similar to a car alarm, with the power provided by a large battery fitted where the water bottle would normally be. It also has a speedometer fitted.
There are two identical bikes, but only one paramedic to ride them. He responds to 2-3 calls per shift, travels about 30 miles per day, and is only used during daylight hours. Both bikes were donated by a private company. The panniers are heavily laden with equipment including an oxygen supply and a defibrillator. They lift off the bike to be carried to a casualty. The rider is equipped with a radio and a mobile telephone for communications. The real benefit of this system is that it is an inexpensive way of having an extra ‘ambulance’ on the road that can respond to emergencies.
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