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Shocking video of light truck driver ramming cyclist off bike sparks 'debate' online

Some observers and a tabloid news website have suggested that the cyclist may be somewhat to blame, simply because there is a narrow cycle lane next to the main carriageway

When a cyclist is viciously assaulted by a driver for legally travelling on a road, you'd think it would be pretty cut and dry who is to blame... unfortunately that doesn't appear to be the case with the shocking clip below, after a tabloid suggested the cyclist may be at fault for not riding in "the proper cycle lane".  

The video was filmed in Christchurch, New Zealand, and was posted to the cycling safety Facebook group UpRide. The post says: "This is what cold blooded assault looks like"; and after we see the driver of a light Izuzu truck continually beeping his horn and getting far too close to the cyclist in front, the driver eventually rams the cyclist off their bike at 01:01 into the clip. 

The post continues: "The important thing to note while watching this UpRide is that the road they were on has a 30km/h speed limit, and the rider was doing 30km/h. He was on his way to work and DOING THE SPEED LIMIT! The rest you can see for yourself". 

Much like the UK, it isn't mandatory for cyclists to use dedicated cycle lanes where one is available in New Zealand. As the clip progresses, there are numerous instances where it becomes more apparent why the cyclist might want to stick to the main carriageway rather than use the unprotected cycle lane - such as parked cars, bus stops and roadworks - which would have forced them out of the lane anyway. A number of commenters on the UpRide Facebook page also noted that there was another lane for the truck driver to move into, if he wished to break the speed limit. 

It seems police had far less sympathy for the driver than tabloid newspapers and ill-informed people on social media, as the 65-year-old male was charged with dangerous driving causing injury according to Star News. A police spokeswoman said the arrest was made on 3rd August, and the driver is due to reappear at Christchurch District Court in December. 

The admin of the UpRide Facebook group added: "The truck driver claimed the rider was "all over the road", but the footage showed a very different picture. We will post this again when the courts have made their finding. Until then stay safe, stay strong and record your ride."

Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.  

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froze | 3 years ago
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It doesn't matter if the cyclist was all over the road, but from what I saw he wasn't, but it still doesn't matter; it doesn't matter if he was in the wrong lane, that's a situation that requires a ticket given to the cyclist; what matters is that the truck saw the cyclist, knew he was there, and repeatedly tried to intimidate him before deciding to hit him, that is a deliberate attack.  No one is entitled to take the law into their own hands and deliberately injure or kill a person for not doing anything that was dangerous to others.    It is all our responsibility to avoid an accident no matter who was at fault, and it was the driver of the truck responsibility to avoid an accident no matter who's at fault, he had plenty of time to avoid the accident, the driver could have even gone into another lane and avoid the cyclist entirely, but instead, he chose to hit the cyclist and cause bodily harm.  This is about intent.  The driver of the truck should be locked up for a couple of years and the cyclist be given a ticket for being in the wrong lane.

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Captain Badger replied to froze | 3 years ago
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The rider wasn't in the wrong lane...

And it was no accident.

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Velo-drone replied to froze | 3 years ago
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Please explain what you mean by "in the wrong lane", when they are in a lane for traffic that is travelling in the direction they are going?  And on what basis a ticket would be issued to a cyclist for cycling somewhere that they are perfectly permitted to cycle?

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jigr69 | 3 years ago
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For those wondering about the Jasper Carrot sketch in which he talks about swerving several times before I managed to hit him, watch the clip below.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BxMjeWj3O7g

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Robert Hardy | 3 years ago
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I regularly see very aggressively anti cyclist posts, advocating harm to cyclists, on such discussions, I have taken to occasionally suggesting in reply that with such uncontrolled anger they are too unwell to drive on the public road and should post their licence back to the DVLC immediately and seek help untill they can be declared medically fit enough to return to driveing. More seriously perhaps we need courts to take Internet history into account when judging serious road traffic cases and where abuse of other road users is apparent the offence should be treated and punished as a hate crime.

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Captain Badger replied to Robert Hardy | 3 years ago
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You are not the first to suggest that this is essentially hate crime, and it is hard to see how it could be argued that it does not fall into this category.

However, people are very good at wanting to protect minority rights, unless the minority needing protection is the minority they happen to hate....

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hawkinspeter replied to Robert Hardy | 3 years ago
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I'd prefer a more pro-active stance. The DVLA should be monitoring social media and those posts that advocate harm against road users should result in points against the posters' licenses.

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wtjs replied to Robert Hardy | 3 years ago
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 More seriously perhaps we need courts to take Internet history into account when judging serious road traffic cases and where abuse of other road users is apparent the offence should be treated and punished as a hate crime

The modern phrase for this is 'Good luck with that'. Before you get to the courts, you have to convince the police that any offence against cyclists really exists, never mind 'hate crimes' which is just a joke offence to them when it's only cyclists. On 9th October I was accosted by a Transit driver who said that 'they' were going to sort me out for taking headcam videos of drivers committing offences. He wanted to take a photo of me, obviously to aid him and his friends in a violent attack, most likely by running into me on the road. There has been no response whatsoever from Lancashire Constabulary, and almost certainly there will be none for the simple reason that LC sympathises with the aim of keeping annoying complaining cyclists off the roads.

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brooksby | 3 years ago
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Oh good grief, people: did some of you have to be quite so desperate to disprove my earlier comment about the return of civility? <face palm>

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Rich_cb replied to brooksby | 3 years ago
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I'm sure we'll see a similar clamour to ban these ne'er-do-wells...

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Projectcyclingf... | 3 years ago
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You can only hope this cowardice psycho contracts covid and suffers a painful death, his medical treatment being refused, and even turfed out by his own family.
Or atleast, just hope the court is as outraged, as we are, and throw the card at him.

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yupiteru | 3 years ago
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Yet another arsehole of a human being driver, that should have been drowned in a bucket, moments after emerging from his mothers birth canal.

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wtjs | 3 years ago
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Sounds like NZ police are doing the job! I think even UK police would wish to speak to this driver about 'not entirely considerate driving' and would plead with him to not do it again too often. The quotation from the article:

The truck driver claimed the rider was "all over the road"

brought back memories for me. It was exactly the phrase used by the Garstang Show tractor driver when I caught up with him after he so nearly killed me by dangerous  driving. It's something such nutters often say when it's completely untrue, but because they're dim they don't appreciate that any genuinely fair legal system would judge them to have been guilty of dangerous driving on their own admission. 'Do you mean that you saw a cyclist was wobbling and you just decided to drive hard at him at speed?'

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Jenova20 replied to wtjs | 3 years ago
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wtjs wrote:

Sounds like NZ police are doing the job! I think even UK police would wish to speak to this driver about 'not entirely considerate driving' and would plead with him to not do it again too often. The quotation from the article:

I highly doubt UK police give a toss, and would do anything about this until it gets media attention, and they're forced to get off their arses.

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cczmark | 3 years ago
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If someone ran into the road with a baseball bat and knocked a rider off I'd expect a charge of premeditated assault as a minimum. Presumably carrying a custodial sentence? This is arguably worse than that...

The "I had to serve several times before I finally hit him.." quote is from Jasper Carrott insurance claims, for those who are old enough...

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miekwidnes | 3 years ago
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The existance - or not - of a cycle lane - and whether or not it is useable - are not really relevant

Put it like this

If a Mum and toddler walks starts crossing the road and you are driving a car - but she has misjudged you speed and if you do nothing you will hit her and the kid

do you

a) slow down or swerve - whatever it takes to avoid hitting them

b) keep going - it is a road and pedestrians shouldn't be on it

c) speed up to make the collison more effective - gotta teach these idiots

 

equally if another car is coming towards you on the wrong side of the road

etc etc etc

 

The 'Prime Directive' is always to avoid a collision - however much of an idiot the other person may be - in your opinion

Avoid

a

collision

 

doesn't matter whether you are on a bike or in a car

just don't hit people

end

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brooksby replied to miekwidnes | 3 years ago
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Nice. Completely agree.

(has anyone else noticed how more civilised its become after the sudden absence of two regulars of these pages...?)

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ktache replied to brooksby | 3 years ago
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And much more pleasurable.

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Hirsute replied to brooksby | 3 years ago
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Has the other one gone ? I only really know if I see eg brooksby replied to ' '.

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NZ Vegan Rider replied to brooksby | 3 years ago
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Like this;

"0-0 | 63 posts | 1 day ago
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The driver needs to be sledgehammered to death.
Start at the feet and work up."

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Hirsute replied to NZ Vegan Rider | 3 years ago
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It's called hyperbole.
I think everyone else understood the author.

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Titanus replied to brooksby | 3 years ago
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I ain't gone away completely.

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brooksby replied to Titanus | 3 years ago
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Titanus wrote:

I ain't gone away completely.

OK - two out of the three have gone  3

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cbrndc replied to Titanus | 3 years ago
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Titanus wrote:

I ain't gone away completely.

So you recognise yourself as a troll and a problem. The solution is in your hands.

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wtjs replied to brooksby | 3 years ago
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(has anyone else noticed how more civilised its become after the sudden absence of two regulars of these pages...?)

Are we sure they've gone, and not just reincarnated under other names?

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Titanus replied to miekwidnes | 3 years ago
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That driver reminds me of Mick Taylor. There's some major nutcases on the roads.

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BIRMINGHAMisaDUMP | 3 years ago
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Effing hell.

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eburtthebike | 3 years ago
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Have the Christchurch authorities explained why they allow parking in cycle lanes, which is what seems to be why the cyclist was riding in the road instead?  Same old story; put in crap and no-one uses it, put in good stuff and almost everyone uses it.

Doubtless this will lead to calls for such cycle "facilities" to be made compulsory, while not banning cars from parking in them of course.  Hopefully, the eminently sensible newly re-elected NZ PM will resist this.  Of course, if she's really clever, she'll withdraw the helmet law.

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0-0 | 3 years ago
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The driver needs to be sledgehammered to death.
Start at the feet and work up.

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Sriracha replied to 0-0 | 3 years ago
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0-0 wrote:

The driver needs to be sledgehammered to death.
Start at the feet and work up.

... said Rod Liddle, Matthew Parris and the like. No, oh, wait...

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