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Screaming and swearing taxi driver cuts off and hits cyclist before speeding away

The cyclist got swore at for not using the “less than a metre wide” cycle marking and said that it’s “pointless to report to Scotland Police”

A taxi driver came screaming and shouting cuss words from behind as he cut off a cyclist in Edinburgh, hitting him in the process, all because the cyclist decided to stay on the road and not use the abruptly ending cycle lane marking that’s “less than a metre wide”.

Euan Mackenzie was riding along Lynedoch Place going into Queensferry Road on the Dean Bridge when the taxi driver behind him increased his speed, drove alongside him swearing, and then proceeded to cut him off, hitting Euan.

He told “The cycle marking on the left is less than a metre wide and stops abruptly at a kerb just before the bridge so is incredibly dangerous as one then needs to merge onto the bridge at 20 mph. Most drivers exceed the speed limit here. Most cyclists take primary there as it’s the safest route.”

He added that he had had no interaction with the taxi driver prior to this bizarre encounter. “I never saw or spoke to the driver before. As you can see from my rear cam footage, I’m already off from the lights before he even reaches me,” he said.

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The incident, which took place on Friday evening, is not the first time Euan has come across something like this in Edinburgh. However, he said that it was “pointless” to report to Police Scotland based on his previous experiences.

Euan also posted on Twitter that the vehicle’s MOT had expired, and then another person replied with the information that not only had the MOT expired, but it had also failed the last MOT test.

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Dean Bridge, Edinburgh (Google Maps)

Dean Bridge, Edinburgh (Google Maps)

Another Edinburgh cyclist commented: “Grim stuff.  That tiny 100m bike lane on the left that forces you to squeeze back into the carriageway on Dean Bridge is ridiculous.  Horrendous bit of town to have to ride through.”

Other also encouraged the cyclist to report it to the police. A Twitter user wrote: “If he collided with you and drove off it’s a hit and run. If so the police have to take notice.”

Another Scottish cyclist said: “Is it confirmed thing with police Scotland not taking action even with evidence? I had close pass with a car who was so close I hit their window with my hand. They pulled over and waved down a police car behind them. Police guy hadn’t seen but asked me if I wanted to take action!”

Recently, Cycling Scotland launched a campaign called Give Cycle Space to urge drivers to leave at least 1.5 metres when passing a cyclist. While the campaign was supported by Police Scotland, the force has made some questionable decisions and remarks in the past.

When an Edinburgh cyclist reported a close pass by a bus as he was riding in one of the city’s painted cycle lanes, Police Scotland responded saying that the overtake wasn’t against the law as “everyone was in their own lanes”.

The cyclist also alleged that officers told him that “if I’d been hit then this would have been a different story”.

He continued: “So apparently in Scotland we need to get killed before the police could raise a finger.”

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After the backlash and criticism, the force confirmed after a few days that the case was reported to the Procurator Fiscal following an internal review of the incident.

When requested for a comment back in April, Police Scotland’s Road Policing Inspector Steve Manson had said: “It is imperative all road users, including cyclists, are aware of their vulnerability irrespective what mode of transport they are using.

“When passing a cyclist, you should ensure you allow sufficient time and distance to do so without compromising their safety by making sure you can see far enough ahead to know it is safe to complete the overtake. Frustration or lateness are not excuses to risk someone’s safety.

“There is room for everyone on our roads and we all have a right to be there. We encourage all road users to show consideration and respect for the safety of each other.”

Adwitiya joined in 2023 as a news writer after graduating with a masters in journalism from Cardiff University. His dissertation focused on active travel, which soon threw him into the deep end of covering everything related to the two-wheeled tool, and now cycling is as big a part of his life as guitars and football. He has previously covered local and national politics for Voice Wales, and also likes to writes about science, tech and the environment, if he can find the time. Living right next to the Taff trail in the Welsh capital, you can find him trying to tackle the brutal climbs in the valleys.

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the infamous grouse | 7 months ago

using the right-turn lane to dangerously overtake a cyclist is unfortunaly quite commonplace, even when that lane is showing a red light

the police are supposed to be held to a higher standard, so given they see nothing wrong with this sort of thing, it's no surprise they DGAF any other time

OnYerBike | 7 months ago

FWIW my experience of reporting close passes/dangerous driving in Edinburgh is that the police have been relatively good - it's always a bit of a lottery depending on which officer(s) are involved in reviewing the footage and statement, but a reasonable proportion of the ones I've reported have subsequently been passed on to the PF (not always leading to a conviction, but at that point it's not the Police's fault). And none of the ones I have reported have been as bad as that one!

HoldingOn | 7 months ago

If a cyclist isn't in "their lane"*, then drivists think it is okay to hit them with your vehicle.

Good to know. I'll remember that next time I cycle past a car parked in the cycle lane or walk past a car parked on the footpath.

*I know that the road is also a cyclist's lane, but it would appear drivists don't know that

wtjs | 7 months ago

The police will do nothing, and probably won't respond at all. The taxi people will claim to have done something, but won't tell you what it was, so it was probably some feeble warning which wouldn't be followed up if he did it again. We are in a bind, aren't we?

Owd Big 'Ead | 7 months ago

Failing to report it to the Poolice just maintains the status quo and nobody benefits in the long run.

Also report it to taxi licensing who should take action both for his aggressive driving, but also for failing to be MOT'd which should also mean his insurance is invalidated.

Some drivers are pricks. He deserves to have the book thrown at him.

Sriracha | 7 months ago

“If he collided with you and drove off it’s a hit and run. If so the police have to take notice.”
Taxi driver just needs to say he never realised there was contact, so it doesn't count.

Of course, hitting someone and not even knowing you hit them ought to be counted as worse than hitting them in the first place, but somehow I don't think that's how it plays out.

Legin | 7 months ago

Not interetsed; nothing changes if victims don't report incidents. It's plain lazy.

hawkinspeter | 7 months ago

This needs to be reported to the police and escalated if they don't treat it seriously

WiznaeMe | 7 months ago

There is a corporate group which has a great deal of power over motorists: insurance companies. 
If they accepted video footage of their policyholders as a matter of routine, asked them to account for their driving, suggested that their policy renewal may be higher or may not be accepted, then things would change quickly. 
Does Cycling Scotland liaise with insurance companies?

and....perhaps a complaint to the council who issues this taxi driver with a licence would be useful.  

Secret_squirrel replied to WiznaeMe | 7 months ago

Indeed.  I rather think the OP would have been better going after the taxi license and insurance Co plus a police submission rather than doing nothing but satisfying their outrage by preaching to the converted on

If we want to stop these morons we need to use our anger smartly.



Chris | 7 months ago

I appreciate the beautiful irony of the big bicycle symbol painted on the road at the end of the clip

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