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Video: Lucky escape of cyclist in Taiwan caught on film

Woman lands on feet after motorist drives through pedestrian crossing as she rode across

A woman in Taiwan had a very lucky escape when a motorist drove through a pedestrian crossing as she rode across it. The car struck her bike, but missed the cyclist, who landed on her feet, by inches with the driver swerving an instant before the collision.

The incident was caught by a dashcam in another vehicle, with the timestamp revealing the footage was captured on the morning of 16 January.

The bicycle, which the woman retrieves calmly before continuing her journey on foot, apparently unperturbed, belongs to capital city Taipei’s Ubike cycle hire scheme, run by a subsidiary of Giant.

In common with other major hire scheme bikes around the world, the frame has a step through design - if the bicycle had a crossbar, the outcome could have been less fortunate for the rider.

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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