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Two wrongs make a bit of a chuckle

They say two wrongs don’t make a right, but in this video we can see that if you’re both in the wrong the least you can do is both jovially admit it, pick yourselves up and go about your business.

We’ve no idea who the rider and pedestrian are in this clip, but we think you’ll agree the pedestrian deserves a medal for being surprisingly pleasant about being knocked on his arse, and at least an 8/10 for his rolling fall.

For the record, road.cc does not condone riding the wrong way unless you’re going to be a lot more careful than this bloke was.

 

Oh, and yes, we know it's a bit old, but it still made us smile. 

Our official grumpy Northerner, John has been riding bikes for over 30 years since discovering as an uncoordinated teen that a sport could be fun if it didn't require you to catch a ball or get in the way of a hulking prop forward.

Road touring was followed by mountain biking and a career racing in the mud that was as brief as it was unsuccessful.

Somewhere along the line came the discovery that he could string a few words together, followed by the even more remarkable discovery that people were mug enough to pay for this rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work. He's pretty certain he's worked for even more bike publications than Mat Brett.

The inevitable 30-something MAMIL transition saw him shift to skinny tyres and these days he lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.

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monty dog [446 posts] 1 year ago
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Any why would the ped have looked left when crossing a one-way street?

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jmaccelari [237 posts] 1 year ago
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That cyclist is - as Mr Clarkson would say - a complete c*ck...

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HKCambridge [215 posts] 1 year ago
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Um, wow. When you said one-way street I was imaging some kind of little side-street that's too narrow for more than one car to pass. The kind of place I'd roll my eyes at a wrong-way cyclist, but essentially consider it harmless. The kind of place I'd always look two ways before crossing the road, because I expect salmoning cyclists. And joggers, and wheelchairs and anything that's actually allowed to use the street two-way.

This is a whole 'nother ball game. Wrong way cycling down a THREE LANE road. The guy is an arse. But if he's going to be an arse he needs to be extra alert and shouldn't have hit the pedestrian.

Although I will admit to more partiality on the side of the pedestrian anyway, because jaywalking laws are a hideous travesty: a mark of lost civilisation where using your feet is frowned upon.

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oozaveared [933 posts] 1 year ago
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monty dog wrote:

Any why would the ped have looked left when crossing a one-way street?

Quite right. Having said that I taught my son to look both ways even when traffic shouldn't be coming from one of the directions. Shouldn't be doesn't mean can't be.

Cyclist is in the wrong. Pedestrian in this case is a victim. But I would urge people to look both ways even if they aren't expecting anything to be there.

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flathunt [93 posts] 1 year ago
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That's not in the least bit funny, the cyclist is 100% (actually 110%) the type of C-bomb that's giving us a bad name the world over. A classic case of someone insufficiently bullied whilst still at school.

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Joeinpoole [439 posts] 1 year ago
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The cyclist actually had plenty of time to brake or take avoiding action when the pedestrian appeared ... but he appeared to be looking downwards at a piece of paper instead. All this whilst cycling in the 'door zone' too. Quadruple fail.

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jimc101 [65 posts] 1 year ago
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This is 4 years old, news?

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FluffyKittenofT... [1110 posts] 1 year ago
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Cyclist 100% in the wrong. Bizarre behaviour. Very lucky the pedestrian was so forgiving.

Who cares if the pedestrian wasn't "using the crosswalk" (well, maybe they do in the US where they have those daft 'jaywalking' laws, but I believe those were, ironically enough, in the context of this video, introduced at the behest of the car industry to shift blame for accidents off of drivers)

(as HKCambridge says, I thought this was going to be one of those little low-traffic one-way roads that probably ought to be bollarded off anyway, but this is just ridiculous)

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Foulplay [3 posts] 1 year ago
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Why is it that when one idiot does something on a bike, it "gives us a bad name"? That's such a BS cliche statement…. If you follow that through, then every time a car driver does something stupid, it gives all car drivers a bad name… Every time a pedestrian does something stupid, it gives pedestrians a band name…. Every time anyone does anything stupid, it give everyone else a bad name… Do see what utter nonsense that is?!  29

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bikebot [1628 posts] 1 year ago
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^^^ that with bells on.

And don't even get me started on all this "cycling community" and "cycling lobby" guff I keep seeing in the newspapers.

That cyclist is a prat. Anyone who considers me a prat because he is a prat, is themselves a prat.

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brackley88 [135 posts] 1 year ago
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Bad, bad cycling......could have really hurt that guy.....bad cycling....and sounds so damn self righteous after.....

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lookmanohands [119 posts] 1 year ago
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How cool was the guy that was knocked over. Landed on his arse, got up and casual as you like wandered off. Cyclist was a cock though.

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Quince [382 posts] 1 year ago
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HKCambridge wrote:

Although I will admit to more partiality on the side of the pedestrian anyway, because jaywalking laws are a hideous travesty: a mark of lost civilisation where using your feet is frowned upon.

That's so romantically put! I swooned a little...

Anyway, I'm also awfully glad we haven't criminalised jaywalking in this country. It seems barbaric assault on normal, unaugmented people's rights. And the history behind its introduction seems pretty corporately manipulative too.

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KiwiMike [1073 posts] 1 year ago
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Come ON guys, where is the cry from your community to have pointless nonsense like this on the site? Are you on commission for the Daily Mail? Is there a need to balance the acres of shit driving with a few select 'look cyclists are bad people too' pieces?

Or is it good for ad revenue?

Genuinely confused. Please stop.

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northstar [1108 posts] 1 year ago
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KiwiMike wrote:

Come ON guys, where is the cry from your community to have pointless nonsense like this on the site? Are you on commission for the Daily Mail? Is there a need to balance the acres of shit driving with a few select 'look cyclists are bad people too' pieces?

Or is it good for ad revenue?

Genuinely confused. Please stop.

Then you throw into the mix this video being very very old....

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Metjas [359 posts] 1 year ago
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yawn, yawn. Nothing else for road.cc staff to unearth from youtube?

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Ciclismo [20 posts] 1 year ago
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monty dog wrote:

Any why would the ped have looked left when crossing a one-way street?

I always look both ways, even when crossing a pedestrian zone, ever since my first visit to Italy. The Aitais are, in the words of my Italian brother in law, "flexible" when it comes to road rules, so I always play it safe, even at home.

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lolol [181 posts] 1 year ago
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It constantly amazes me, while cycling in Soho, London, how many peds just walk along in the middle of the roads, oblivious to their surroundings, then are really surprised when you pass them. I often wonder how they got to the age they are with any road sense at all

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Skylark [144 posts] 1 year ago
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Pr*ckster is going the wrong way. Fair enough.
But going the wrong way with a waned attention span, F that.

The suit tumbles around on the road like a ball literally.

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Kadenz [78 posts] 1 year ago
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The problem is, it isn't just one cyclist that gets us all a bad name; it's lots of them. Where I live, anyway.

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Abbie [59 posts] 1 year ago
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What i find odd is the Idiot on a bike (not a cyclist) videoed himself riding like a d**k. And then posted it.

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Leviathan [1773 posts] 1 year ago
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Luckily the ped was a Weebl, all those lunches came in handy finally.

Meanwhile [exhales] the biker... well lets just say that karma is a slow but inevitable enemy; defy him too often and his revenge will be swift and terrible.

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zanf [758 posts] 1 year ago
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Foulplay wrote:

Why is it that when one idiot does something on a bike, it "gives us a bad name"? That's such a BS cliche statement…. If you follow that through, then every time a car driver does something stupid, it gives all car drivers a bad name… Every time a pedestrian does something stupid, it gives pedestrians a band name…. Every time anyone does anything stupid, it give everyone else a bad name… Do see what utter nonsense that is?!  29

A lot of people cannot seem to grasp that collective responsibility doesn't exist.

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northstar [1108 posts] 1 year ago
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Welcome to the new daily mail comments section...

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Rupert [188 posts] 1 year ago
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Poor pedestrian  2
He wasn't using the cross walk, another silly rule from the USA.

Would have been a very expensive court case if one of them was seriously hurt.

From my European perspective the cyclist was wrong wrong wrong.

Good to see nobody was hurt badly.

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leqin [155 posts] 1 year ago
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Foulplay wrote:

Why is it that when one idiot does something on a bike, it "gives us a bad name"? That's such a BS cliche statement…. If you follow that through, then every time a car driver does something stupid, it gives all car drivers a bad name… Every time a pedestrian does something stupid, it gives pedestrians a band name…. Every time anyone does anything stupid, it give everyone else a bad name… Do see what utter nonsense that is?!  29

but your giving people who post in comments a bad name  22

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birzzles [126 posts] 1 year ago
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funny thing is that you should look both ways because there are often cyclists doing something stupid.

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700c [817 posts] 1 year ago
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So can a cyclist never be fully in the wrong then, Road cc? Blame is NOT 50/50, it's a one way street! Pedestrian shouldn't have to look left here. Cyclists fault. End of.

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allez neg [497 posts] 1 year ago
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A cyclist can definitely be fully in the wrong - did you see those hideous Carrera denim lookalike cycling outfits in the 80s?

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andyp [1436 posts] 1 year ago
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That Carrera kit ROCKED. Wash your mouth out.