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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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Hirsute | 9 months ago
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I am somewhat puzzled as to why we should give a toss about this person's opinion.

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thax1 replied to Hirsute | 9 months ago
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I note that his show is on at 7pm on Fridays. This was about the time I burnt my mouth on a takeaway. I'd like to take to social media to highlight this hazard and link it to Tony Blackburn.

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Vo2Maxi replied to thax1 | 9 months ago
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You might also, similarly take to social media over Vine.

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Vo2Maxi replied to Hirsute | 9 months ago
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Because he's in the majority and if you don't listen that makes you arrogant. Not only that, he is quite right to mention being endangered on a crossing.
If all you ever do is whine about nasty motorists without recognising the actions of bad cyclists, that makes you bigoted and entitled.
And it does the valid arguments about cyclists being at far more risk than drivers, no good at all when you make everyone on four wheels hate you.

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Hirsute replied to Vo2Maxi | 9 months ago
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Of course, we should take his claim verbatim and without any scrutiny.
How do you know he is in the majority, unless by majority you mean irrational dislike of cyclists.

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stonojnr | 9 months ago
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Didn't New Broadcasting House in Manchester get demolished about a decade ago ?

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AlsoSomniloquism replied to stonojnr | 9 months ago
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It is new to someone who has been in the old one for how many years of his career. Of course we don't have the full details of the Tony Blackburn incident, but as this seems to be the only crossing near Broadcasting House, isn't halfway across him standing on the central refuge, with the cycling lanes being as far from him as possible?

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stonojnr replied to AlsoSomniloquism | 9 months ago
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But it says Manchester in the article ?

and this was New Broadcasting House on Oxford Road, where Mark & Lard did their breakfast show from https://goo.gl/maps/fHinPDfj8rzKDti58

but it was knocked down about ten years ago when the Beeb moved out to Salford Quays Media City.

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AlsoSomniloquism replied to stonojnr | 9 months ago
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Yes, that is Road.cc typing in "new broadcasting house BBC" and getting that wrong address. He does Radio 2 which is broadcast from London. I can't see him "slumming it" outside of the Capital once he stopped pirating. 

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quiff replied to AlsoSomniloquism | 9 months ago
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If that is the crossing in question, I believe that technically a crossing with a central refuge like that is treated as two separate crossings (Rule 20), so depending on what he means by "halfway across", there may have been no requirement for a cyclist (or any other vehicle driver) to stop for him. 

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Vo2Maxi replied to AlsoSomniloquism | 9 months ago
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Doubt it, Blackburn's not a fool, he'd know that either side of the refuge is treated as individual crossings. You don't start crossing Portland Place and expect drivers all the way across the other side of the road to stop for you.
Clearly, a bad cyclist has zipped around him as he was still on the black and white stuff. Certainly more cyclists than drivers do, same with red lights..

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brooksby replied to Vo2Maxi | 9 months ago
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Vo2Maxi wrote:

Doubt it, Blackburn's not a fool, he'd know that either side of the refuge is treated as individual crossings. You don't start crossing Portland Place and expect drivers all the way across the other side of the road to stop for you. Clearly, a bad cyclist has zipped around him as he was still on the black and white stuff. Certainly more cyclists than drivers do, same with red lights..

I suspect that is only because cyclists can fit, and can (in theory, of course) safely go around someone.  A car wouldn't fit and would just go over them, so (generally) waits.

I see motorists drive over zebra crossings the moment that a pedestrian is not directly in front of them, but is still on the crossing, every day.

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grOg replied to brooksby | 9 months ago
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'I see motorists drive over zebra crossings the moment that a pedestrian is not directly in front of them, but is still on the crossing, every day'.. which is legal, but if a pedestrian has to stop or otherwise get out of the way, then the motorist or cyclist has failed to give way and committed an offence.

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brooksby replied to grOg | 9 months ago
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grOg wrote:

'I see motorists drive over zebra crossings the moment that a pedestrian is not directly in front of them, but is still on the crossing, every day'.. which is legal, but if a pedestrian has to stop or otherwise get out of the way, then the motorist or cyclist has failed to give way and committed an offence.

Horlicks!  If the pedestrian is still on the crossing then they are using the crossing and the motorist/cyclist/scooterist/horsist should wait until they have finished using the crossing.

In the UK, anyway (I don't know what the rules are in Australia).

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