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Rudie Can’t Steer? TfL double-decker bus crashes into London bike shop with driver injured

Route 19 bus bizarrely driven into a bike shop in London, bus driver injured

The Route 19 TfL bus crashed into Velorution, an urban bike shop on King’s Road, Chelsea in a freakish incident that saw the driver being rushed to the hospital and emergency services closing the road down.

A bike shop employee got the fright of his life on Wednesday afternoon when the driver of a double-decker bus sent the vehicle straight into the side of the cycling store located on the corner of King’s Road and Beaufort Street.

Velorution is a specialist in urban, folding and electric bikes, many of which were hanging in the window at the time of the incident.

The bike story company, which also has three other stores in London said: “It’s unclear why the bus, which runs between Battersea Bridge and Finsbury Park, veered into the shop rather than continuing down the King’s Road.”

CCTV from inside bike shop Velorution, on the corner of King’s Road and Beaufort Street, captured the moment the Route 19 bus ploughed into the building.

Staff member Sean Hayhow, who can be seen in the footage jumping back in alarm at the moment of impact, said: “To be honest, I was just so shocked by the incident. It’s not something you expect to happen on a quiet Wednesday afternoon.”

“We’d like to wish anyone who was injured on the bus the all best in their recovery. I’m thankful that Sean, who was in the shop at the time, wasn’t hurt,” Jonathan Cole, the owner of Velorution, added.

“We chose the location on King’s Road for our fourth Velorution store because of its tradition as a shopping street and a busy thoroughfare in the area - little did I think that something like this would happen!”

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Velorution informed us that the Chelsea store will temporarily be closed while they assist emergency services and TfL with their enquiries and help them in dealing with the incident.

TfL bus crashed into a cycle store

LFB and emergency services on King's Road, Chelsea (image: Velorution)

Transport for London replied to road.cc's request for a comment, and updated us with the information that the person rushed to the hospital was the bus driver who suffered a minor injury.

Tom Cunnington, TfL’s Head of Bus Business Development, said: “There were no injuries to passengers or members of the public when a bus collided with a building in Chelsea yesterday, but the bus driver sustained a minor injury and was taken to hospital as a precaution. We are supporting the police and operator’s investigation into what happened.”

London Fire Brigade (LFB) warned of “heavy traffic” in the area, as the incident left surrounding roads shut on Wednesday afternoon.

The brigade added in a tweet around 4.15pm: “There is heavy traffic in the area with roads closed as work takes place to make the scene safe.”

Cyclist speaks out about "bullyish" bus driving that prompted Transport for London investigation

Of course, the nature of the incident has prompted more than a few jokes on social media.

When the shop updated its Twitter account to clarify that its employees were okay, one London cyclist cheekily replied, “Sorry this happened. Hope you all ok. Obviously, as cyclists, you should have been wearing hi-vis.”

Another person wrote: “How unsafe, I don’t see a single helmet worn by anyone.”

Meanwhile, one road.cc writer couldn’t help but link the incident to the Clash’s ‘Rudie Can’t Fail’, from the band’s classic album London Calling, with its references to “the route of the 19 bus” and “rude and reckless” behaviour.

Although, we certainly hope no one involved was ‘drinking brew for breakfast’.

Adwitiya joined road.cc in 2023 as a news writer after graduating with a masters in journalism from Cardiff University. His dissertation focused on active travel, which soon threw him into the deep end of covering everything related to the two-wheeled tool, and now cycling is as big a part of his life as guitars and football. He has previously covered local and national politics for Voice Wales, and also likes to writes about science, tech and the environment, if he can find the time. Living right next to the Taff trail in the Welsh capital, you can find him trying to tackle the brutal climbs in the valleys.

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Jezzerythejester | 10 months ago
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Drinking brew for breakfast 

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Dnnnnnn | 10 months ago
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Integrated transport.

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andystow | 10 months ago
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“To be honest, I was just so shocked by the incident. It’s not something you expect to happen on a quiet Wednesday afternoon.”

Really, this is more of a busy Monday morning thing around here.

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lesterama | 10 months ago
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Looking at your headline, @road.cc, is that in line with rc-rg.com guidelines? I know the bus is the headline issue, which is where the guidelines are perhaps a little weak.

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HoldingOn | 10 months ago
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The driver probably had a medical emergency that caused the crash.

Very lucky there weren't pedestrians on the path or someone walking in/out of the shop.

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Benthic | 10 months ago
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The shop wasn't wearing hi-viz. The shop is to blame.

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Rendel Harris | 10 months ago
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Grey bike shop on an overcast day, I mean sure the bus driver has some responsibility but the bike shop didn't exactly help matters, did it?

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mitsky | 10 months ago
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Come on road cc. You can do better than this.
"TfL double-decker bus crashes into London bike shop"
"The Route 19 TfL bus crashed into Velorution..."
"...when a double-decker bus drove straight into the side..." 
“It’s unclear why the bus, which runs between Battersea Bridge and Finsbury Park, veered into the shop rather than continuing down the King’s Road.”
"...captured the moment the Route 19 bus ploughed into the building..."

Was it self-driving or autonomous?
No. A driver was at the wheel.
Use http://rc-rg.com and amend this article.

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joules1975 replied to mitsky | 10 months ago
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mitsky wrote:

Use http://rc-rg.com and amend this article.

Don't be silly. Road.cc is the UK tabloid of the cycling press.

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brooksby | 10 months ago
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I think that we're all being terribly unfair.  One of the passengers wished to visit Velorution, and the bus driver was just going above-and-beyond to serve their passenger's needs... 

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Mungecrundle | 10 months ago
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Was this one of them new fangled floating bike shops what some disability rights campaigners are a bit concerned about?

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Pyro Tim | 10 months ago
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Not content with overtaking cyclists and stopping immediately, this driver went for the cyclists at source

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chrisonabike | 10 months ago
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"Freak accident" - how many of these would we expect per year?  Luckily road.cc has an effort to estimate the rate of "random events".  Of course the description "act of God" may stop being appropriate once you have an idea about causation / statistics / human psychology...

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pockstone | 10 months ago
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I think that video needs a 'complete the sentence' competition.

"It's like he didn't even..."

My preferred entry might include two words beginning with 'F', 'give' and 'a'.

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ChrisB200SX replied to pockstone | 10 months ago
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pockstone wrote:

I think that video needs a 'complete the sentence' competition.

"It's like he didn't even..."

My preferred entry might include two words beginning with 'F', 'give' and 'a'.

Have any work to do. Oh, you weren't referring to the shop employee  4

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pockstone replied to ChrisB200SX | 10 months ago
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Just another hectic day in the cut and thrust of London's retail sector.

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