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driver apologises after footage of him swearing at cyclist goes viral

A motorist from California has described himself as a “knucklehead” after a video of him swearing at a cyclist and telling him, "My name is your worst enemy" went viral.

Robert Lewis, aged 66, says he did not realise that the bike rider had priority in the shared-use lane in Newport Beach when the incident happened on Wednesday.

The video, which contains a lot of swearing,  was uploaded to Facebook by a friend of the cyclist, who wishes to remain anonymous.

“I’m just an old surfer, knucklehead, and I do apologize for using the words that I used,” he told CBS.

“I’m very embarrassed,” said Lewis. “I screwed up.”

Bill Sellin from the Orange County Bicycle Coalition said: “Road rage is one thing we’ve learned about on southern California freeways.

“Cyclists experience road rage quite often in areas where people are frustrated with thick traffic.”

 

Police are reported to be investigating the incident, during which the cyclist alleges that Lewis’s car brushed against him, the rider subsequently trying to make a citizen’s arrest.

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.