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

"Unbelievable": The BBC and Channel 5 presenter said about the incident in central London this morning...

Jeremy Vine has shared footage of a terrifying and shocking incident in London this morning which left him desperately banging on the back of a van as the driver reversed over his bike having turned onto a stretch of cycling infrastructure.

The presenter and broadcaster, who works for the BBC and Channel 5 and documents his cycling travels around London through videos posted to his Twitter account, appeared to be unharmed in the incident, which happened near Euston.

Calling it "unbelievable", he shared the footage with his 788,000 followers, captioning the post: "This morning. About an hour ago. Illegal right turn, then watch. Unbelievable."

In the video, Vine can be seen cycling towards the Tavistock Square junction with Bedford Way when a van driver turns across his path onto the latter street.

Jeremy Vine video 13/09/2023 (Twitter)

However, the driver makes the turn too soon and turns onto a strip of segregated cycling infrastructure approaching the traffic lights.

As Vine calls out and honks his horn to the driver, the van stops, before the driver reverses back out of the infrastructure hitting Vine whose Brompton goes under the vehicle as he shouts out and bangs on the back door.

Jeremy Vine video 13/09/2023 (Twitter)
Jeremy Vine video 13/09/2023 (Twitter)

A passer by can be heard shouting 'stop' while another vehicle blares its horn at the driver in attempt to catch their attention.

At the end of the clip, the van driver moves forward, releasing Vine's bike from under it, as the scene unfolds next to a 'give way to oncoming cycles' sign. When the driver exits the vehicle he asks Vine: "Are you okay, sir" and wheels the bike to the side of the road.

Some have accused Vine of going through a red light at the start of the junction, however it appears to just be the effect of his 360-degree camera making the traffic light for drivers coming from the right of shot look like it is facing a different direction.

 Responding to one person saying it was red, Vine replied: "It's green, Monica. Don't drive. Please."

Tavistock Square (Google Maps)

As recently as Friday, Vine took to X, the social media platform formerly called Twitter, to appeal to motorists to stop making right turns across the path of cyclists, a manoeuvre he said was "making it dangerous to use a bicycle".

> "Stop this": Jeremy Vine appeals to motorists over manoeuvre "making it dangerous to use a bicycle"

Last month, he made the case for drivers being told not to overtake cyclists in major cities, adding that he would like to see motorists pull over if they see him behind them "because they know I'm faster".

Dan joined road.cc in 2020, and spent most of his first year (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. At the start of 2022 he took on the role of news editor. Before joining road.cc, Dan wrote about various sports, including football and boxing for the Daily Express, and covered the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for The Non-League Paper. Part of the generation inspired by the 2012 Olympics, Dan has been 'enjoying' life on two wheels ever since and spends his weekends making bonk-induced trips to the petrol stations of the south of England.

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Hirsute replied to daern | 7 months ago
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I think it's the first time I've seen him at real risk.
The other times, I see it as making a point in a controlled manner leaving room to avoid a collision (and I agree his camera makes judging it awkward).
It's something I do when drivers bully me out of the way. Had this yesterday with some L motorcyclist who thought it was ok to be in the middle of my lane coming towards me. I held the lane long enough to make a point which I hope he will reflect on.

In this one, I think vine made an error and thought he'd just be able to carry on past the van. If I'm honest, I think I may well have made the same error.

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KDee replied to Hirsute | 7 months ago
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Replace JV with, let's say a tourist on a hire bike...maybe someone who can cycle, but doesn't everyday like most of us here.  Is it still an error on the part of the cyclist who is merrily riding along as they have right of way? Or the driver of a van that has already broken a couple of rules and is about to break some more?

 

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Left_is_for_Losers replied to KDee | 7 months ago
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Bit of a generic comparison - but someone who is just cycling but doesn't regularly is probably likely to be more risk averse, a more experience cyclist would take this on and get round the truck

The issue here is simply that JV is clearly as thick as two very stubby planks with no risk awareness. Which is probably why he always gets in a pickle

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Clem Fandango replied to Left_is_for_Losers | 7 months ago
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Stubby Planks the renowned blues guitarist was a member of Mensa you know

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Left_is_for_Losers replied to Clem Fandango | 7 months ago
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Oh right, I always thought he was an Oxfam trustee

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Clem Fandango replied to Left_is_for_Losers | 7 months ago
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No he never joined The Oxfam Trustees, that was just a rumour put out by the record label.  Their guitarist was actually a session musician called "Confused Roger".

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Left_is_for_Losers replied to Clem Fandango | 7 months ago
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That would make sense, because the conductor of the band was a guy called Brainless Brian

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Clem Fandango replied to Left_is_for_Losers | 7 months ago
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No your knowledge has let you down again. Brainless Brian was a misogynistic 70s comedian on the summer season circuit. He appeared on Russ Abbott's Mad House once but died on his arse after telling the Essex girl joke. He never made it back on TV. I think he's Jim Davidson's warm up man now

Bottomless Brunch Billy was the Trustees conductor

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Left_is_for_Losers replied to Clem Fandango | 7 months ago
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Thanks for clarifying. i've actually got a t-shirt with the signatures of all of the "trustees conductor" band members. Not worth much now though. 

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perce replied to Clem Fandango | 7 months ago
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Wow! Imagine having to warm up Jim Davidson. A dirty job but I suppose someone has to do it.

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Clem Fandango replied to perce | 7 months ago
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I agree

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brooksby replied to perce | 7 months ago
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perce wrote:

Wow! Imagine having to warm up Jim Davidson. A dirty job but I suppose someone has to do it.

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Flintshire Boy replied to Clem Fandango | 7 months ago
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Stop it! This is all very clever (and funny) but in danger of getting out of hand!

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Clem Fandango replied to Flintshire Boy | 7 months ago
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Out of Hand once had a top 20 album in Japan.  Ironically, it was called "Health & Safety"

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KDee replied to Left_is_for_Losers | 7 months ago
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I disagree. The issue here is that you just hate JV, and will be contrary irrespective of facts. Also, you seem to contradict yourself...can you decide whether a more "experience" cyclist will get around the truck, or identify the risk and stand off? You seem to think they should do both. Actually, don't bother answering as IDGAF what you think.

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Left_is_for_Losers replied to KDee | 7 months ago
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KDee wrote:

I disagree. The issue here is that you just hate JV, and will be contrary irrespective of facts. Also, you seem to contradict yourself...can you decide whether a more "experience" cyclist will get around the truck, or identify the risk and stand off? You seem to think they should do both. Actually, don't bother answering as IDGAF what you think.

uh no...read what I said, I'll put it below again for you so you don't have to navigate perce & clems (or is it the same person?!) nonsense

Someone who is inexperienced would be more risk averse - i.e. likely to wait

A more experienced rider may just nip around 

Bit of a generic comparison - but someone who is just cycling but doesn't regularly is probably likely to be more risk averse, a more experience cyclist would take this on and get round the truck

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Clem Fandango replied to Left_is_for_Losers | 7 months ago
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Still a believer in the dual identity thing huh? Priceless. And somewhat ironic (not like the Alanis Morrisette number).

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neilmck replied to Left_is_for_Losers | 7 months ago
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I don't know, generally the people on the hire bikes are clueless about risk, scary to watch and certainly not risk averse.

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Hirsute replied to KDee | 7 months ago
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You need to read my post in context of the one I replied to
"better trained cyclist would have been extremely aware that mistake 1 would very probably lead to mistake 2 and would have stayed well clear of it."
The error being not taking account of mistake 2 and the error being part of good road craft.

To give another example, avoiding being hit when a driver turns right across a cycle lane and through queuing traffic. I'd consider not slowing down and watching out for this to be an error on my part. This is completely different from the driver's responsibility in law.

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KDee replied to Hirsute | 7 months ago
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Ah, I get you. I think if it was me in JV's position, my brain would see a delivery van, and expect it to (do what delivery drivers do) mount the pavement and make a delivery or something, not stop and reverse back the way it came.

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Hirsute replied to KDee | 7 months ago
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I ended up thinking I would not have been reversed over by virtue of me stopping to have a right go at the driver !

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qwerty360 replied to daern | 7 months ago
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I count 4 mistakes before the reverse.

 

Failed to keep left.

Illegally drove in cycle lane (note - they drove through a cycle lane as they went past the mandatory blue arrows before they even turned...).

Failed to follow mandatory blue direction sign.

Failed to give way to oncoming traffic.

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quiff | 7 months ago
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road.cc wrote:

the driver makes the turn too soon and turns onto a strip of segregated cycling infrastructure

Not segregated. Had there been a bit more segregation (e.g. just extending this island) that might have been an additional visual cue for the driver.  

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HoarseMann replied to quiff | 7 months ago
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Yes, I think you are right there. The break in the solid white line for the pedestrian crossing is too inviting to the inattentive driver. There needs to be an extension of that island to incorporate the crossing, so that the solid white line can remain unbroken all the way up to a keep left bollard.

Another thing that would really help is re-laying the cycle lane in red tarmac. 

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chrisonabike replied to HoarseMann | 7 months ago
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HoarseMann wrote:

Another thing that would really help is re-laying the cycle lane in red tarmac. 

All of this! It's bizarre to me that we apply a UK "just do what you can. Not for us to interfere" approach to the design of cycle infra. Mostly it's not well marked but where it is we can't even agree on a colour! (Can think of at least 3 we use).

Another benefit of properly separated infra (including continuous footway / cycle path at side roads) is it should be much clearer that this is not for motor traffic.

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AidanR | 7 months ago
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The incident is definitely the fault of the driver, but I 100% would not have stopped behind the van. All that achieved was putting himself in harm's way.

Either pull up short or carry on around it, but I can't imagine what was going through his head by stopping there.

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Rendel Harris replied to AidanR | 7 months ago
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AidanR wrote:

The incident is definitely the fault of the driver, but I 100% would not have stopped behind the van.

Despite the assertions of a certain silly little troll, I'm by no means a JV fanboy, in fact we had a big blowup on Twitter a while back and he blocked me because I said I thought one of his incidents with a bus was actually his fault. However, all I can see in this incident is that when the van stopped he started to ride past it, presumably with a view to going round the side to remonstrate with the driver; he only stops when he realises the driver is reversing into him and he has to jump off and sacrifice his bike or risk going under the wheels with it. There's definitely an argument that Vine would have been wiser to stop well back and wait, but it's simply not the case that he had stopped behind the van before it started reversing.

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AidanR replied to Rendel Harris | 7 months ago
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Hmm, maybe you're right. It's really hard to tell with the 360 degree camera.

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Rendel Harris replied to AidanR | 7 months ago
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AidanR wrote:

Hmm, maybe you're right. It's really hard to tell with the 360 degree camera.

That's very true, but I think if you keep an eye on the dashed white line ahead it keeps moving towards the camera until the van/Vine contact, indicating he's still in motion.

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Jaarn | 7 months ago
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It must be difficult but satisfying for Vine to trundle through life thinking he never makes mistakes. Yes the van driver cocked up but having spent my working life as a driver in one form or another I've seen many mistakes made and made a few myself. We are all only human after all and it only takes a split second lapse in concentration to make said mistake. As I also spend a lot of time on my bikes the best thing to do in a situation like this is to slow down a little and give it a wide berth. Instead, this idiot rides right up behind it and stops. The driver should have made sure nobody was there but what sane person stops behind a vehicle that is so obviously about to reverse. When I'm on my bikes I realise how squishy I am and do everything I can to stay away from avoidable dangers like this as plenty of unavoidable ones present themselves. I'm not a lover of Vine as I think he attracts negativity to cycling that we can all do without but he would have impressed me is if he'd slowed down and thought about his own vulnerable position. We need to be accountable for our decisions and in this case he made a wrong one. Protesting in such a stupid manner could have easily cost him his life. Nobody is perfect Mr. Vine, you included, and I'm sure when he makes mistake he won't be posting them on social media. With him, it's always somebody else's fault but even if it is it's best not to put yourself in extra danger.

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