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Watch: Car Hits Cyclist on London Superhighway… Will It Ever be Safe?

Yet more chaotic head cam footage emerges from the capital...

After a randomly space-orientated entrance to this video, there’s some pretty serious footage in there of a driver knocking down a cyclist on one of the new Cycle Superhighways in London.

The footage comes from Cycle Superhighway 2, between Aldgate and Bow in London, and shows a driver hitting a rider wearing a high-vis jacket and claiming she didn’t see him.

Of course it’s impossible to tell if that’s true or not, but the hurt rider in question, argues: “Sorry that’s no good. You should be looking,” as the offending driver says that she is pregnant and wears glasses.

The cyclist in question was hurt and had bloody knees as a consequence, but it is reported that the extent of the injuries weren’t any more severe than that.

Questions have been raised over whether the cyclist in question should have left the cycle lane at the junction and joined the cars in the main lane to avoid turning vehicles, and while this should be safer, it’s concerning how many times we will likely see videos similar to this.

The video isn’t the only crash-based commotion to come out of the road cycling world this week, either.

Back on 22 November, the internet fell out with each other over who was to blame for this collision, where a cyclist goes to pass a taxi going round a corner and the two crash as a result.

The incident was also in London, on Edgeware Road, and has caused some debate. Our thinking? The taxi driver should’ve given his wing mirror another look. This could’ve ended a lot worse…

Of course, it’s not always the cyclists who are the good guys in these cases, though.

A few days ago footage also emerged of a moped rider in Sweden seemingly getting punched in the face by a cyclist for using the bike lane.

The video was uploaded to Live Leak with the caption “The lane to the right is acutally for pedestrians, while the lane to the left is for bicycles/mopeds going both directions. ;’)”. A cheeky winky face if we ever saw one.

While the cyclist claims “I didn’t punch him” in the subtitles of the video, it’s clear to see when the footage is slowed down that there was at least a slap in there from the offender.

There’s bound to be tension between cyclists and moped or scooter riders in this kind of environment, but yeah, this is uncalled for.

Always remember though humans of the internet – the videos above don’t mean drivers hate cyclists, cyclists should hate drivers, moped rider hate cyclists or that moped-riders and drivers are all in cahoots to end the world of cycling for always and eternity.

What it all means is that there are some silly people out there using various forms of transport, and that you always have to be careful when you’re out on the roads!

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