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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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Left_is_for_Losers replied to 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.

I agree with most of this - I reckon that most people would have been able to get out of this situation, and Vine simply created a scenario, rather than getting out of it. 

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rogerbeardswort... replied to Jaarn | 7 months ago
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The driver made a mistake, and maybe could be excused that. But then he made another mistake by reversing without knowing if anybody was behind them. Terrible driving and I'm surprised JV shook his hand at the end.

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Alex.mc | 7 months ago
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JV bears some responsibility for the bike going under the truck.
Yes the truck driver made a big mistake then a bad mistake but.......
I spent a couple of years back in the distant past as a Cycle courier in central London, riding daily, all day, all week.
Amongst the community of couriers we lost several guys, killed by exactly this sort of situation, and always because the rider put themselves in the way of danger.
NEVER EVER put yourself in the way of danger when faced with a driver who is stressed or panicked or angry, whatever the cause for that.
as a courier back then a lot of riders took dodgy risks and partook in silly, crazy riding. You learnt very quickly not to underestimate what a vehicle will do. Getting it wrong would likely injure you or kill you.
JV SHOULD NOT have ridden behind that truck. He should have stopped short and waited to see what the driver was likely to do. That would have taken seconds out of his day at best, and not resulted in his bike under the truck.

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IanMSpencer replied to Alex.mc | 7 months ago
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Nah, the truck turned, Jeremy was continuing on his merry way with a clear lane, then without thought, the driver reversed. It's a big hoop to leap through to expect another road user to consider that driver doing that.

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squidgy replied to IanMSpencer | 7 months ago
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IanMSpencer wrote:

Nah, the truck turned, Jeremy was continuing on his merry way with a clear lane, then without thought, the driver reversed. It's a big hoop to leap through to expect another road user to consider that driver doing that.

What else was the driver going to do other than continue going the wrong way into a 2 way street?
He had to reverse, that was obvious. Placing yourself into the blind spot of a lorry that has to reverse is pretty dim on any scale. However , that doesn't detract from the drivers responsibilities to ensure it was safe to do so. At least give a few seconds warning after putting into reverse before actually moving.

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BRyan-DeAth replied to IanMSpencer | 7 months ago
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JV is a serial sensationalist who goes looking for fuss and trouble with drivers.

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chrisonabike replied to BRyan-DeAth | 7 months ago
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IIRC I saw both of those on the same billing once.  Made for a rather odd evening, what with Fuss and Trouble's rabble-rousing vibe being followed by the angular New Wave and cynical lyrics of Serial Sensationalist.

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Clem Fandango replied to chrisonabike | 7 months ago
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I think that's why the "Many Faces of Attention Seeking" Tour never really took off.  Audiences just got confused and angered by the contrarian lyrics and lack of a joined up line up, which often contradicted itself with one band on the bill showing up in another's slot - who could forget "Serial Sensationalist" showing up on stage instead of "Genuine Foreigner Honest Guv" at the Astoria. That crowd was never going to react well to the free form jazz stylings or GFHG, it was no wonder they set fire to the Gents and left.  

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perce replied to Clem Fandango | 7 months ago
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Ironically the Gents were the best band on the bill.

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chrisonabike replied to Clem Fandango | 7 months ago
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Yeah, now you mention it, I think they may have also appeared as "Single Issue Demagogue" and "Names Reversed".  It was always obvious who they were though, even when they affected the manner of some other group for their initial numbers.

"A serviceable impression of a man passing a kidney stone" was one of the kinder reviews of their classic "We're here in your living room now (why won't you leave us alone?)"

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perce replied to chrisonabike | 7 months ago
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I only remember their other hit '' How can we miss you when you won't go away'' ( originally recorded by the late great Dan Hicks and his Hot Licks)

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Bradshsi | 7 months ago
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Honestly: More JV related drama pron

Yes the van driver is an idiot. However, whereas most of us like to assume all drivers are and make allowances accordingly, JV doesn't.

It is good for likes on Twitter but not much else.

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Left_is_for_Losers | 7 months ago
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The difference between JV and the rest of us, is that JV can afford to let his bike get crushed, and can afford to spend the time faffing around pretending he's a policeman. 

In the meantime, the ordinary soul would just cycle around the truck, make allowances for it and move on. Whereas JV just pretty much stops, chucks his bike under the truck, and bangs on the back. 

One reality for uber-rich attention seeking presenters, another reality for the rest of us. 

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Velo-drone replied to Left_is_for_Losers | 7 months ago
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Feels like you're perhaps a little blinded by your Vine-ophobia.  He does "cycle around the truck" - which is when it reverses into him.

I did have to watch it a couple of times before I realised that truck had actually driven into a cycle lane.  In that context, I get why he would be trying to reverse out - but he did not do so safely, most likely due to panic having realised his previous error.  

Not sure that you are really in a place to judge from your sofa someone's actions when they've just been driven into by a 7.5 ton vehicle, and literally nearly killed.  Perhaps you've not heard of "adrenalin"?  Or "fight or flight" responses?  The "ordinary soul" is very likely indeed to bang on a truck in that situation, especially if it is giving every indication that it may continue to reverse and further crush your bike.

No-one wants their bike crushed, whether they can afford it or not.  But most of all, no-one wants to be in a position where they could have been killed by a driver's lack of care or attention.

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Left_is_for_Losers replied to Velo-drone | 7 months ago
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JV stops when the truck starts reversing - he essentially "mocks" going round the truck, then stops and puts his bike under the truck - if anything, he was more the cause of the accident rather than the truck driver. Not to mention being perfectly in the blind spot doesn't help his case either. 

I would back myself 99 times from 100 to not get in that situation. 

I haven't heard of adrenalin but I have heard of adrenaline. If he wanted to play it safe, he didn't have to bother even going round the truck.

It's noones fault but his own. 

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

I haven't heard of adrenalin but I have heard of adrenaline.

Nothing funnier than stupid people trying to act smart.

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

I haven't heard of adrenalin but I have heard of adrenaline.

Nothing funnier than stupid people trying to act smart.

Lol no there isn't 

https://whichiscorrect.com/adrenaline-or-adrenalin/

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Rendel Harris replied to Left_is_for_Losers | 7 months ago
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I stand corrected, there is something funnier than stupid people trying to act smart, it's stupid people who try to act smart, get proved wrong and then desperately try and double down on their stupidity.

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quiff replied to Left_is_for_Losers | 7 months ago
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Left_is_for_Losers wrote:

​I haven't heard of adrenalin but I have heard of adrenaline. If he wanted to play it safe, he didn't have to bother even going round the truck.

It's noones fault but his own. 

https://whichiscorrect.com/noone-or-no-one/

 

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perce replied to Left_is_for_Losers | 7 months ago
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I don't think you could blame noone for this, he lives in America now. I quite like '' I'm into something good''. A Goffin/King classic in my opinion. He was in Coronation Strreet as well, as was Davy Jones.

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Clem Fandango replied to perce | 7 months ago
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I thought he used to play for Harlequins RL.  Either way, I've no idea why he's been dragged in to this either, seems a trifle unfair.

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perce replied to Clem Fandango | 7 months ago
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It's probably the same guy, it's quite an unusual name.

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MattieKempy replied to Left_is_for_Losers | 7 months ago
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I'm proud to be a Woke, Snowflake, Lefty loser...

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perce replied to MattieKempy | 7 months ago
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Me too.

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Clem Fandango replied to perce | 7 months ago
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Oh very good.

I agree.

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Left_is_for_Losers replied to MattieKempy | 7 months ago
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MattieKempy wrote:

I'm proud to be a Woke, Snowflake, Lefty loser...

I'm glad I don't know you in person then

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stomec replied to Left_is_for_Losers | 7 months ago
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Left_is_for_Losers wrote:
MattieKempy wrote:

I'm proud to be a Woke, Snowflake, Lefty loser...

I'm glad I don't know you in person then

Not as much we are!

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Left_is_for_Losers replied to stomec | 7 months ago
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stomec wrote:
Left_is_for_Losers wrote:
MattieKempy wrote:

I'm proud to be a Woke, Snowflake, Lefty loser...

I'm glad I don't know you in person then

Not as much we are!

The beauty of the internet and the world we live in eh?

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MattieKempy replied to Left_is_for_Losers | 7 months ago
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Right back at you!

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IanMK | 7 months ago
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I think most of the police forces I submit to ask you not to put footage on social media. I assume that JV does not report incidents? It's a shame in this case, that's surely worth some points.

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