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“Arrogant” driver who reversed into cyclist on protected bike lane, before accusing him of trying to “break” his car, offered educational course

“I think they got off lightly, and I’m not even sure which rule of the Highway Code applies here. I have a feeling that the educational course will have little effect”

A motorist who reversed into a cyclist while sitting in a protected cycle lane, before accusing the startled cyclist of attempting to damage his car, was forced to complete a driver education course as punishment for the dangerous manoeuvre, prompting the rider to argue that “they got off lightly”.  

The bizarre incident, captured by the cyclist and uploaded to their ‘The Travelling Dr Neal’ YouTube channel, took place in January on Lancaster Road in Leicester, as the rider approached a stationary car parked on a bike lane protected by plastic bollards.

However, just as the cyclist stopped behind the vehicle, its driver began to reverse into his path, appearing to hit his bike’s front wheel before coming to a halt, prompting the rider to slap the rear of the car while exclaiming: “Woah, woah, Jesus!”

After the cyclist mounted the kerb, the motorist then rolled down his window and asked, “Are you trying to break my car?”

“Are you trying to reverse into a cyclist? You’re in the cycle lane, mate. You’ve got mirrors,” the baffled cyclist responded, to which the driver replied: “I know I’m in the cycle lane, but don’t try to damage my car. Be careful.”

After the motorist carried on reversing in the cycle lane before driving off, the clearly shaken cyclist told a passer-by, who stopped to ask if he was “alright”, before referring to the driver as an “idiot”, that “I thought he’d seen me, so I just stopped behind him. But then he started to reverse into me.”

“Thank you to the nice woman who stopped to check I was OK,” the cyclist added as part of a caption at the end of the clip.

“It’s a shame I can’t say the same about the arrogant, condescending driver who reversed into me then had the gall to accuse me of trying to damage his car. Oh, the hypocrisy!”

> Jeremy Vine's lucky escape as bike run over by reversing driver who turned onto cycle lane

According to the cyclist, the motorist was offered a driver education course by Leicestershire Police as an alternative to prosecution, which they have since attended and completed.

“I think they got off lightly, and I’m not even sure which rule of the Highway Code applies here,” the cyclist said.

“I have a feeling that the educational course will have little effect in this case. I hope I am wrong.”

Jeremy Vine video 13/09/2023 (Twitter)

The baffling incident in Leicester bears a striking resemblance to a close call experienced by cycling broadcaster Jeremy Vine in London in September, which saw the BBC and Channel 5 presenter left desperately banging on the back of a van as its driver reversed over his bike after mistakenly turning onto a segregated cycle lane.

Describing the driver’s actions – which prompted other motorists to blare their horns in a bid to make him stop – as “unbelievable”, Vine shared the footage with his 788,000 followers on Twitter, captioning the post: “This morning. About an hour ago. Illegal right turn, then watch. Unbelievable.”

Near Miss of the Day 894

> Near Miss of the Day 894: Police take action after confused motorist drives onto bike lane and narrowly misses cyclists and pedestrians in city centre square

And earlier this month, as part of our Near Miss of the Day series, we featured a clip of a clearly confused driver who somehow made their way onto a busy part of Leeds city centre reserved for cyclists and pedestrians, causing a crowd to quickly scarper, before turning onto and driving down the adjacent bike lane, where they narrowly avoided colliding with at least two surprised cyclists.

“I’ve no idea how it came to be on the square in the first place,” the cyclist who captured the footage told road.cc. “There is no road passing through the square at all and no obvious place for a car to enter without going straight over the raised kerb or entering via the cycle path.

“Until last year there was a road here connecting Boar Lane to Wellington Street, so perhaps this driver was very faithfully following an out of date sat-nav!”

Ryan joined road.cc in December 2021 and since then has kept the site’s readers and listeners informed and enthralled (well at least occasionally) on news, the live blog, and the road.cc Podcast. After boarding a wrong bus at the world championships and ruining a good pair of jeans at the cyclocross, he now serves as road.cc’s senior news writer. Before his foray into cycling journalism, he wallowed in the equally pitiless world of academia, where he wrote a book about Victorian politics and droned on about cycling and bikes to classes of bored students (while taking every chance he could get to talk about cycling in print or on the radio). He can be found riding his bike very slowly around the narrow, scenic country lanes of Co. Down.

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open_roads | 4 months ago
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I'm guessing Uber Eats or Deliveroo delivery driver (from the bag in the boot) and "borrowed" disabled badges on the dashboard used to parking closer to drop offs.

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Hirsute | 4 months ago
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Double yellow lines, 2 stripes on the kerb, wanded cycle lane but parks in it.
Fails to look behind before reversing - needs to retake their test and get points.

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HLaB | 4 months ago
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Folk make mistakes and at first I think they realised they had but their reaction :-o

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KDee replied to HLaB | 4 months ago
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Assuming they entered the bike lane at the junction, they missed an awful lot of cues that it's a bike lane. Not a mistake. Just shit inattentive driving.

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HLaB replied to KDee | 4 months ago
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Inattentive and sh1t driving most definely but given where they stopped I'd give them the benefit of the doubt untill that reaction from them :-o  Then again I don't know the area and despite its looks on camera it may be an obvious drop of point and then its definitely not a mistake!

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Geordiepeddeler replied to HLaB | 4 months ago
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I see this all the time in Lincoln. Especially in front of the train station. Taxi's park opposite blocking the cycle lane. They do get aggressive if you confront them. More needs to be done when idiots like this put vulnerable people at risk.

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ROOTminus1 replied to Geordiepeddeler | 4 months ago
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Motorbike gloves with Kevlar knuckles. Helps protect your hands when having to weave through gaps you shouldn't have to weave through. Else I'm constantly skinning my hands on walls, trees, ...wing mirrors, ...car windows.

On an entirely unrelated note, when I worked as a carer, one of my service users found it hilarious and encouraged me to push his wheelchair through gaps we both knew it wouldn't fit through when people parked on double yellow lines over dropped kerbs.

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Patrick9-32 replied to ROOTminus1 | 4 months ago
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ROOTminus1 wrote:

Motorbike gloves with Kevlar knuckles. Helps protect your hands when having to weave through gaps you shouldn't have to weave through. Else I'm constantly skinning my hands on walls, trees, ...wing mirrors, ...car windows. On an entirely unrelated note, when I worked as a carer, one of my service users found it hilarious and encouraged me to push his wheelchair through gaps we both knew it wouldn't fit through when people parked on double yellow lines over dropped kerbs.

The wheelnut on the outside of your wheelchair seems weirdly sharp. Should we file that down or replace it?

No. 

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wycombewheeler replied to Patrick9-32 | 4 months ago
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Patrick9-32 wrote:

ROOTminus1 wrote:

Motorbike gloves with Kevlar knuckles. Helps protect your hands when having to weave through gaps you shouldn't have to weave through. Else I'm constantly skinning my hands on walls, trees, ...wing mirrors, ...car windows. On an entirely unrelated note, when I worked as a carer, one of my service users found it hilarious and encouraged me to push his wheelchair through gaps we both knew it wouldn't fit through when people parked on double yellow lines over dropped kerbs.

The wheelnut on the outside of your wheelchair seems weirdly sharp. Should we file that down or replace it?

No. 

like this statue to an early campaigner against pavement parking in London?

https://www.google.com/maps/@51.501151,-0.1238152,3a,74.5y,142.18h,114.39t/data=!3m6!1e1!3m4!1sONOfRS206ApHfzXRIoenFg!2e0!7i16384!8i8192?entry=ttu

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eburtthebike replied to Patrick9-32 | 4 months ago
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Patrick9-32 wrote:

The wheelnut on the outside of your wheelchair seems weirdly sharp. Should we file that down or replace it?

No. 

Merely taking a leaf out of that Iceni heroine's book, Bouddica.

Well done.

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andystow replied to Patrick9-32 | 4 months ago
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Patrick9-32 wrote:

The wheelnut on the outside of your wheelchair seems weirdly sharp. Should we file that down or replace it?

No. 

Find some like the ones truck drivers like to use as lug nuts.

For unused braze-ons on a bike, Velo Orange sells these. I'd probably keep scratching myself on them, though.

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chrisonabike replied to andystow | 4 months ago
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Or how about a bit more plausible deniability?  OEM part, right here!

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andystow replied to chrisonabike | 4 months ago
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chrisonabike wrote:

Or how about a bit more plausible deniability?  OEM part, right here!

Those look just like the ones on my Trek District. I wonder if they come with the Alfine.

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chrisonabike replied to andystow | 4 months ago
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I've got them on mine (Alfine 8, Cube Travel Exc - the picture's not my one).  Think they're that out of the box on the Nexus also.  Sturmey Archeralso seem to favour this style - at least on the 8 speed.

Happy scratching!

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Patrick9-32 replied to andystow | 4 months ago
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andystow wrote:

 

Those look just like the ones on my Trek District. I wonder if they come with the Alfine.

Those are the standard Alfine nuts, They have to be torqued up pretty high to allow the mechanism to function properly, even with the non turn "tongue" washers behind them. 

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andystow replied to Patrick9-32 | 4 months ago
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Patrick9-32 wrote:

Those are the standard Alfine nuts, They have to be torqued up pretty high to allow the mechanism to function properly, even with the non turn "tongue" washers behind them. 

So would it be a bad idea to replace them with Pitlocks? I've been considering it.

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