Police have released pictures of an ‘aggressive cyclist’ they say may have verbally abused and spat on motorists in Bath.
The man, who they would like to speak to in connection with two incidents in recent months, was said to have spat on a car that went into an advanced stopping lane near Sainsbury’s.
A couple and their 11-year-old grandson said the cyclist responded by shouting abuse, spitting on the car, making explicit gesticulations and even reached in through the driver’s window to pull his glasses off his face and throw them inside the car.
“Once he started his ranting, there was no stopping him,” she told the Bath Chronicle.
“And this continued from the junction with the Lower Bristol Road, into the local car lane leading out of Bath right up to the traffic lights at the junction with Brougham Hayes, when we turned into Brougham Hayes and the cyclist continued on the Lower Bristol Road out of the city.”
“There is no doubt that many other motorists would have witnessed what went on and were equally terrified by the bullying tactics of this offensive cyclist.
“On each occasion the drivers tried to speak to the cyclist, but he was not prepared to hear what was to be said and just continued with his vociferous ranting and intimidation.”
Around eight weeks ago another driver said he received verbal abuse from a similar looking man of around 40 years old, who followed him “ranting and raving” from the traffic lights at the Pinesway end of Midland Bridge.
An Avon and Somerset Police spokesman confirmed they were investigating.
He said: "Bath police are appealing for information about an alleged road rage incident involving a cyclist and a car on Tuesday, December 3.
"It happened at around 5.20pm at the traffic lights at Pines Way, on the Lower Bristol Road.
"There was a dispute between a cyclist and the driver of a car in which it is claimed the driver was assaulted and sworn at and had his car kicked."
Anyone who witnessed either of the incidents, who recognises the man in the picture, or the man himself, is asked to contact Bath police on 101, quoting reference number 121059/13.
The images of the cyclist can be viewed here.
After an unpromising start, having to be bribed by her parents to learn to ride without stabilisers, Sarah became rather keener on cycling in her university years, and was eventually persuaded to upgrade to proper road cycling by the prospect of a shiny red Italian bike, which she promptly destroyed by trapping a pair of knickers in the rear derailleur. Sarah writes about about cycling every weekend on road.cc.