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Video: British Transport Police show how NOT to pass a cyclist

Police vehicle swerves to left of rider to undertake before pulling back in front of him

Here’s a video showing how NOT to pass a cyclist – courtesy albeit unintentionally of British Transport Police (BTP).

It was filmed in Leeds at the interchange of the A58 and A58 (M) from a vehicle travelling behind the police car which is initially stationary behind the cyclist, who is in an advanced stop line box.

The video shows the BTP 4x4 accelerating away from the lights as they change, swerving to the rider’s left and into a lane that would take it onto the A58 (M) to pass him, before cutting back in in front of the rider to return to the A58.

YouTube user arronls, who posted the video under the title ‘British Transport Police show us how it’s done,’ wrote in the description: “Nice to see them setting an example and demonstrating the safest way to approach vulnerable road users.”

Rule 163 of the Highway Code tells road users “Overtake only when it is safe and legal to do so,” and that among other things “you should:

• not get too close to the vehicle you intend to overtake
• use your mirrors, signal when it is safe to do so, take a quick sideways glance if necessary into the blind spot area and then start to move out
• move quickly past the vehicle you are overtaking, once you have started to overtake. Allow plenty of room. Move back to the left as soon as you can but do not cut in
• only overtake on the left if the vehicle in front is signalling to turn right, and there is room to do so
• give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car.”


Guardian journalist Peter Walker, who retweeted a link to the video posted by Cycling Embassy of Great Britain chair Mark Treasure, was told by BTP on Twitter that the footage had been referred to the force’s Driving Standards department.



A spokesman for BTP told “We are aware of a video online, showing one of our vehicles and a cyclist at traffic lights, said to be in Leeds. We are carrying out enquiries into the contents of the video.”

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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