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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.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.