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Tony Blackburn responds to latest Jeremy Vine cycling video, says he was "nearly knocked down by a cyclist" while using crossing

The veteran DJ said his "near miss" happened as he crossed the road towards the BBC's New Broadcasting House...

Tony Blackburn took to social media this weekend to report being "nearly knocked down by a cyclist" as he crossed the road outside the BBC's New Broadcasting House premises in Manchester.

Replying to fellow BBC colleague Jeremy Vine, Blackburn said the "near miss" was "not good" and happened as he used a crossing, the cyclist apparently "didn't bother to stop when I was half way across it".

The reply came in response to Vine sharing another of his London cycling-related videos on Twitter, this time analysing a must get in front (MGIF) overtake from a van driver approaching a red light, before some heated arguing from the driver involved and the one following.

Vine speculated the driver is "probably a nice guy, and just needs to think a bit more about his fellow road users" but the "guy behind him in the van — not so much".

 Since the broadcaster shared the video, Orkid Life, the "integrated facility management support service" provider whose branded van the driver is in, has been flooded with one-star Google reviews.

But, while the video has been viewed almost a million times, at the time of writing, in just the latest example of the social media attention Vine's cycling posts garner, Blackburn responded with a reply about a near miss of his own.

"I don't have video evidence but I have to report that on the crossing outside New Broadcasting house I was nearly knocked down by a cyclist yesterday as I was crossing, he didn't bother to stop when I was half way across it. A near miss, not good," the veteran radio personality said.

Vine responded to his BBC colleague: "Thank God you are ok. Best wishes."

Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Cox, a leading figure in road safety, also joined the conversation around Vine's video, saying: "Imagine doing this in a queue at the cinema or supermarket… You wouldn't do it right?! So why do impatient drivers do so? It's rude, increases danger, and at best you will save just a few seconds. Essentially zero gain to look very silly, obnoxious and put others at risk."

In May, Blackburn called for RideLondon to be replaced by an "event for car owners" – because "there are more of us and we pay to go on the roads" only to insist two days later that the "joke" was not a serious suggestion.

"This idea of a car day in London was meant to be a joke but people didn't seem to get that I was joking," he said. "Obviously a car day in London would bring everything to a halt."

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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Vo2Maxi replied to hawkinspeter | 9 months ago
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Ah, woke = racism.
🤣
Even if it specifically did, why use it for road issues? Feeling left out are you? Because you see someone else getting all the sympathy?
See how far you get with that.
No-one will be pushing over statues for you any time soon

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hawkinspeter replied to Vo2Maxi | 9 months ago
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Vo2Maxi wrote:

Ah, woke = racism. 🤣 Even if it specifically did, why use it for road issues? Feeling left out are you? Because you see someone else getting all the sympathy? See how far you get with that. No-one will be pushing over statues for you any time soon

Specifically, "woke" is being aware of systemic racism (as well as social injustice), so I think you've got yourself a bit confused.

By the way, have you realised yet that we're laughing at you and your incoherent, yet angry ranting?

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Hirsute replied to hawkinspeter | 9 months ago
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Time for a squirrel 🐿️ picture.

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hawkinspeter replied to Hirsute | 9 months ago
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Hirsute wrote:

Time for a squirrel 🐿️ picture.

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perce replied to hawkinspeter | 9 months ago
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Iconic.

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Hirsute replied to Vo2Maxi | 9 months ago
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You lost me with woke.

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Vo2Maxi replied to Hirsute | 9 months ago
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Look it up, it's even in a dictionary now.

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Hirsute replied to Vo2Maxi | 9 months ago
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I'm confused, caring about injustice is a bad thing now? Must be that dubious education I had leading to poorly paying job.

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BIRMINGHAMisaDUMP | 9 months ago
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'Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Cox, a leading figure in road safety, also joined the conversation around Vine's video, saying: "Imagine doing this in a queue at the cinema or supermarket… You wouldn't do it right?! So why do impatient drivers do so? It's rude, increases danger, and at best you will save just a few seconds. Essentially zero gain to look very silly, obnoxious and put others at risk."
 

exactly the point. But somehow so many van drivers and taxi drivers don't get it. I'm sure it's because they listen to certain radio stations whilst sat in traffic all day. Radio stations that agitate and over excite their pea brains. 

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tigersnapper replied to BIRMINGHAMisaDUMP | 9 months ago
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In many instances it's because the drivers of commercial vehicles are either on job and knock so rush around to finish early or they are given more work than is realistic on today's busy roads and so rush around to get home at a sensible time.  Either way, not safe for other road users.

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Fignon's ghost | 9 months ago
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I nearly listened to a Tony Blackburn radio programme.

NEVER AGAIN.

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chrisonabike | 9 months ago
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Anti-social cyclists?  Book 'em, especially "professionals" - and chase their "not really employers honest" delivery companies.  Same as for those on mopeds / in cars.

BUT ... we'll be needing suitably trained police, given that most have zero idea of cycling.  So they all get a course - call it a road safety refresher.  Ideally with practical experience although for money it'll no doubt be 30 minutes on Zoom or Teams.  Still that would be an improvement for some (Polis Scotland, Lancs etc.)

Or - for those who point out that it's just people (who are more or less considerate),  or who are skeptical of authority - there's the practical "let's fix it for all to just get along" / "let's share the space but properly (not UK style)" method.  Although I don't think it's what most have in mind...

https://bicycledutch.wordpress.com/2019/06/12/how-hard-is-it-to-cross-th...

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Vo2Maxi replied to chrisonabike | 9 months ago
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Are those specially trained police in addition to all the other specially trained police we need?
Policing twitter
Policing LGBT marches in armbands and tutus
Policing unconscious bias
Policing...well I'm sure someone looked at me funny and I felt threatened...

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AlsoSomniloquism replied to Vo2Maxi | 9 months ago
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Why shouldn't Police look into Hate crimes? Are they not seen as crimes by you?

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iandusud | 9 months ago
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He was joking.

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Fignon's ghost replied to iandusud | 9 months ago
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Tony is very fortunate Chris Feather is head of programmes.

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muhasib | 9 months ago
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There's no mention of Mr Blackburn wearing hi viz and having working lights so how would the cyclist have seen him?

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PRSboy | 9 months ago
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I've found its a thing that motorists like to reply with when I regale them with stories of one of a number of occurences where I am close passed, cut up, turned in front of, left-hooked etc.

"Ah, well, there was this one time when I saw a cyclist go through a red light..."

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Rendel Harris | 9 months ago
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He should call 998, they're nearly the police. It would be interesting to know if the cyclist passed in front of or behind him; according to the Metropolitan police, in response to the famous clash between a cyclist and a pedestrian on the crossing just outside Parliament, it is permissible for a cyclist to pass behind a pedestrian on a zebra crossing but not in front of them. I've never been quite sure where they get that guidance from though and I prefer to wait until the pedestrian is all the way across to ensure nobody gets upset.

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Adam Sutton | 9 months ago
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Extreme example - I was crossing a pedestrian crossing in London some time back (ironically round the corner from brompton junction having looked at brompton bikes) the crossing was ram packed with pedestrians and green to pedestrians. A cyclists decided to simply ride through everyone.

It is almost as though the vehicle doesn't matter and ultimately you get twats in cars and also twats on bikes. Who'd a thunk it??

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Flintshire Boy replied to Adam Sutton | 9 months ago
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Yeah, but. No, but.

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No twats on bikes on this site.

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EVER.

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AlsoSomniloquism replied to Flintshire Boy | 9 months ago
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You stating you don't ride a bike?

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mark1a | 9 months ago
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There's a couple of examples of really stupid behaviour here.

1. Driving like a knob in a fully liveried van that has employer's contact details all over it.

2. Continue to drive in this manner and conduct a sweary argument with somebody that is wearing cameras, has national TV and radio shows broadcast daily, a large social media following and is known for producing the occasional video when sawn off by other road users while riding a bike.

 

 

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Flintshire Boy replied to mark1a | 9 months ago
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LOL! Well put.

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Owd Big 'Ead | 9 months ago
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Ffs!
The poor man.
Just for shits and giggles, I come close to being taken out by a motorist at least once during every trip I make, which can be 10 or more times daily. Then of course there are the actual times when the buffoon behind the wheel actually does make contact followed by a cheeky SMIDSY, or just blatant ignorance and if I'm really unlucky being flung headlong over the handlebars, yet this old dodderer wants to highlight the odd errant cyclist.
Nice one Tony 👍

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perce replied to Owd Big 'Ead | 9 months ago
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Well at least he's stopped a whimpering and a whining about Tessa Wyatt at long last.

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wtjs replied to Owd Big 'Ead | 9 months ago
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 yet this old dodderer wants to highlight the odd errant cyclist

I follow the example of the police over this alleged incident: no video = it didn't happen, therefore case closed. Lancashire Constabulary has taken this principle further: even if there is video, in cases where a cyclist is the complainant, the video must be confirmed by video from the offending vehicle. If there isn't any = case closed. This was the statement of the laughable response to my complaint about the lack of action over this offence:

https://upride.cc/incident/md68fwc_apcovernight_whitelinecross/

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Grumpy17 replied to wtjs | 9 months ago
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Imagine this was a while ago, so NIP no use now. At the very least you should write to the local councillor in Garstang and the MP and request that they ask the police why they considered this not worthy of any further action. Seems totally unjustified. It's a small town with some measure of civic pride and I can't believe the police are too busy around there to deal with this. No crime ever happens in Garstang. 

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Grumpy17 replied to wtjs | 9 months ago
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Vo2Maxi replied to Owd Big 'Ead | 9 months ago
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You're delusional if you think more drivers pro rata jump lights and crossings than cyclists. It's the other way around. And yes, I'm a cyclist, have been for over 40 years.
But certainly if you do it in a car you are far more likely to hurt or kill someone.
Not accepting there are bad cyclists, does the cause no good.

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