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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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hawkinspeter replied to IanMK | 7 months ago
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IanMK wrote:

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.

It varies between forces. A&S didn't have any problem with me uploading videos onto here when I asked them.

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Velo-drone replied to IanMK | 7 months ago
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He does report incidents.  There's no law about not putting footage on social media.  The request is ostensibly on the basis that a defendent's lawyer might possibly argue that they couldn't get a fair trial if the footage were widely viewed before the matter went to court.

In this case it's hard to see the scenario in which, if it went to court, the defendent's lawyer would not advise them to just plead guilty.  

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the little onion | 7 months ago
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Vine's law: in any video of an incident between a cyclist and driver which has been posted on the internet, there will always been a large fraction of commentators who will blame the cyclist, no matter what the actual video shows

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Stephankernow replied to the little onion | 7 months ago
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the little onion wrote:

Vine's law: in any video of an incident between a cyclist and driver which has been posted on the internet, there will always been a large fraction of commentators who will blame the cyclist, no matter what the actual video shows

Any other cyclist id have great sympathy with them.why does Vine make me support the vehicle driver regardless?

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Velo-drone replied to Stephankernow | 7 months ago
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That's a question you should ask yourself really.  Given that by definition the driver is not going to be innocent "regardless" of the facts of the situation, you are clearly allowing some sort of prejudice to cloud your judgement.  Perhaps you're happy with that - but there's no point pretending once you've accepted that you're making prejudicial judgements, that your view is of any consequence in determining the actual rights and wrongs of a situation.

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Paul J | 7 months ago
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CyclingMikey's favourite corner there, isn't it?

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Rendel Harris replied to Paul J | 7 months ago
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Paul J wrote:

CyclingMikey's favourite corner there, isn't it?

No, this is in Tavistock Square: the infamous Gandalf Corner is further west, in Regent's Park.

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Velophaart_95 | 7 months ago
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Driver has made an major error, which can happen from time to time.

 

But once again, JV had got invoved when didn't need to......His roadcraft is appalling. 

 

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Rendel Harris replied to Velophaart_95 | 7 months ago
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Velophaart_95 wrote:

But once again, JV had got invoved when didn't need to......His roadcraft is appalling.

That's staggeringly absurd, did you actually look at what happened? The driver made an illegal turn into the cycle lane, forcing Vine to slow almost to a standstill. With the van at a standstill, Vine went to pull round it when the driver went into reverse and drove into him. In which way is this Vine "getting involved when he didn't need to"?

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chrisonabike replied to Velophaart_95 | 7 months ago
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Velophaart_95 wrote:

Driver has made an major error, which can happen from time to time.

But once again, JV had got invoved when didn't need to......His roadcraft is appalling.

You mean - he was riding a bike?  Yeah - totally unnecessary.  He could buy a car, hire a taxi or simply take the bus / tube like a normal person...

Personally I think I might have just jumped off the bike and then not stood behind the van afterwards (they might just keep trying to reverse)... but in the moment, who knows?

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Rendel Harris replied to chrisonabike | 7 months ago
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chrisonatrike wrote:

You mean - he was riding a bike?  Yeah - totally unnecessary.  He could buy a car, hire a taxi or simply take the bus / tube like a normal person...

Personally I think I might have just jumped off the bike and then not stood behind the van afterwards (they might just keep trying to reverse)... but in the moment, who knows?

I guess he was hoping that he would be able to stop the driver wrecking his bike, probably not the safest decision in retrospect but as you say, understandable in the heat of the moment.

Regarding your first comment, I saw this a little while ago on his Twitter feed, word for word: "You earn plenty of money and could easily afford a car, so it's obvious that you only drive [sic] a bike so that you can annoy other people so you deserve everything you get."

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ubercurmudgeon replied to Velophaart_95 | 7 months ago
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The key difference is that the driver's error put other people in danger, whereas Vine's error (stopping in the truck's blind spot) only endangered himself. He learnt his lesson, with the damage to his bike, but the driver probably won't unless banned from the road, at least temporarily.

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

Vine's error (stopping in the truck's blind spot)

As I noted above, I don't think that's quite what happened: Vine was pulling round the back of the stopped truck when it started reversing, he only stopped moving and jumped off the bike when the truck hit him.

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Stephankernow replied to Velophaart_95 | 7 months ago
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Velophaart_95 wrote:

Driver has made an major error, which can happen from time to time.

 

But once again, JV had got invoved when didn't need to......His roadcraft is appalling. 

 

Correct both poor , Vine awful

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chrisonabike replied to Stephankernow | 7 months ago
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Vine might be awful (I'm not a fan) ... but what does that have to do with a) a driver failing to observe the road properly and driving somewhere they shouldn't and b) making a manoeuver which has known hazards (reversing in an area with people on foot / bike - where they've already realised they're not supposed to be) without checking properly?

Still, on the bright side - it's allowed some people to get "bloody cyclists!" off their chests.  Oh - and no-one got injured and someone took some responsibility for their actions after a crash.

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IanMK replied to Stephankernow | 7 months ago
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I do sometimes wonder about JV and his urge to keep going in the face of drivers that he has already deemed to be incompetent. I would be giving them a lot more space! 

However, in this case he is not the one that has driven into a cycle lane, ignored a keep left sign, ignored a give way to on coming cycles sign and then reversed without satisfactorily assessing his surroundings striking a vulnerable road user and damaging their cycle in the process.

I think you may have defined false equivalence for us.

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cyclisto replied to Velophaart_95 | 7 months ago
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I understand JV (more than the talk on the phone guy), but in his (and phone guy) quest to get a good camera shot he compromises his own safety. Had he not slowed down this wouldn't have happened. In his defense though, I don't have a camera, but it is hard not to slow down give some weird looks at extreme violations like this.

I understand that he wants to show that we live in a jungle, but in order to give us many jungle stories, he must first survive to film them.

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

Had he not slowed down this wouldn't have happened.

If he hadn't slowed down he would have ridden straight into the truck that had just turned across him illegally. He then attempted to ride round/past it and it reversed into him.

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Velo-drone replied to cyclisto | 7 months ago
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Anyone who doesn't slow down to go round the back of a truck, in a situation where there might be cyclists coming the other way that you can't see, is a grade A idiot.

Slowing down to go round an obstruction is not a contributory factor to what happened here.  Imagine if Vine were driving and the lorry was obstructing a motor traffic lane.  If he had slowed down to go around safely, and the lorry had reversed into his car, would have been saying that his slowing down instead of cannoning round into the oncoming lane of traffic was a contributory factor to the collision?

Of course not.  

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Flâneur replied to Velo-drone | 7 months ago
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Another factor is that the halfwit driving isn't just reversing across a cycle lane, but also a pedestrian crossing. It's seriously lucky he's hasn't killed someone today, and the Met should throw the book at him.

Can add in ignoring the keep left sign, and even if it wasn't a bike lane, entering what would be the wrong side of a street. Not fit to be on the roads.

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Hirsute replied to cyclisto | 7 months ago
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He has a 360 camera so there is no need to get a good shot.

Had he not slowed down, he would have hit the van.

Did you understand the video ?

 

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cyclisto replied to Hirsute | 7 months ago
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As I see the video, there was enough space to go on, at the same speed. You and others may have differerent perception but that is how I understand it, we cannot all aggree.

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Hirsute replied to cyclisto | 7 months ago
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That means your first instinct when confronted with a hazard turning across you is not to brake.
That there was enough room is an after the fact statement.

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Rendel Harris | 7 months ago
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Started to count the reply ratio on Twitter, gave up after the first 50 comments had roughly 80% blaming Vine. The joint favourites are that he ran a red light and that he deliberately waited in the lorry's blindspot to make sure that the poor innocent driver would hit him.

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HoldingOn replied to Rendel Harris | 7 months ago
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Best thing X did was stop non-users from being able to read its Xcretions.

A horrible corner of the internet.

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ChrisB200SX replied to Rendel Harris | 7 months ago
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Rendel Harris wrote:

Started to count the reply ratio on Twitter, gave up after the first 50 comments had roughly 80% blaming Vine. The joint favourites are that he ran a red light and that he deliberately waited in the lorry's blindspot to make sure that the poor innocent driver would hit him.

The mental gymnastics that some many loons will go to so that they can always blame the cyclist.

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Stephankernow replied to ChrisB200SX | 7 months ago
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ChrisB200SX wrote:
Rendel Harris wrote:

Started to count the reply ratio on Twitter, gave up after the first 50 comments had roughly 80% blaming Vine. The joint favourites are that he ran a red light and that he deliberately waited in the lorry's blindspot to make sure that the poor innocent driver would hit him.

The mental gymnastics that some many loons will go to so that they can always blame the cyclist.

I genuinely believe most cyclists would have been given alot of sympathy.
I genuinely believe its because its Vine he's very marmite.

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Bradshsi replied to Stephankernow | 7 months ago
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I am pretty sure JV does not taste good on toast. He's just another seeker after 15 minutes of fame.

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

Started to count the reply ratio on Twitter, gave up after the first 50 comments had roughly 80% blaming Vine. The joint favourites are that he ran a red light and that he deliberately waited in the lorry's blindspot to make sure that the poor innocent driver would hit him.

ENTER MR REENNNNNDDDEEEELLL HARRRIIIIIIIISSS 

JEREMY VINES NO 1 FAN AND GENERAL RUBBISH SPLUTTERER

JV is indefensible. Just an action man seeking controversy. 

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perce replied to Left_is_for_Losers | 7 months ago
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I remember general rubbish splutterer. They were quite a good band but never really capitalised on their early success.

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