Video: wrong-way rider meets jay-walker

Two wrongs make a bit of a chuckle

by John Stevenson   April 25, 2014  

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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. 

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

Make mine an Italian with Campagnolo on the side

posted by monty dog [364 posts]
25th April 2014 - 16:18

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That cyclist is - as Mr Clarkson would say - a complete c*ck...

Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it's worth.

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posted by jmaccelari [151 posts]
25th April 2014 - 16:36

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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.

posted by HKCambridge [130 posts]
25th April 2014 - 16:37

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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.

Cycling is like a church - many attend, but few understand.

posted by oozaveared [581 posts]
25th April 2014 - 16:39

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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.

posted by flathunt [10 posts]
25th April 2014 - 16:42

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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.

posted by Joeinpoole [255 posts]
25th April 2014 - 16:56

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This is 4 years old, news?

posted by jimc101 [58 posts]
25th April 2014 - 16:58

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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)

posted by FluffyKittenofT... [668 posts]
25th April 2014 - 17:09

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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?! Rolling Eyes

posted by Foulplay [3 posts]
25th April 2014 - 17:21

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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.

posted by bikebot [504 posts]
25th April 2014 - 17:58

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Bad, bad cycling......could have really hurt that guy.....bad cycling....and sounds so damn self righteous after.....

posted by brackley88 [72 posts]
25th April 2014 - 18:43

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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.

posted by lookmanohands [98 posts]
25th April 2014 - 19:05

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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.

posted by Quince [134 posts]
25th April 2014 - 19:22

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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.

I was told there would be Cake. Luckily there's http://TestValleyCC.org.uk

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posted by KiwiMike [482 posts]
25th April 2014 - 19:27

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yawn, yawn. Nothing else for road.cc staff to unearth from youtube?

posted by Metjas [283 posts]
25th April 2014 - 19:42

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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.

posted by Ciclismo [19 posts]
25th April 2014 - 20:14

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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

posted by lolol [117 posts]
25th April 2014 - 20:27

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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.

posted by dogcc [106 posts]
25th April 2014 - 21:21

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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.

posted by Kadenz [41 posts]
25th April 2014 - 21:34

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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.

posted by Abbie [38 posts]
25th April 2014 - 23:37

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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.


Suffering from Low Cadence.

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posted by bikeboy76 [1264 posts]
26th April 2014 - 0:13

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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?! Rolling Eyes

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

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posted by zanf [492 posts]
26th April 2014 - 13:16

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Poor pedestrian Sad
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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posted by Rupert [83 posts]
26th April 2014 - 17:03

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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?! Rolling Eyes

but your giving people who post in comments a bad name Plain Face

posted by leqin [100 posts]
28th April 2014 - 12:08

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funny thing is that you should look both ways because there are often cyclists doing something stupid.

posted by birzzles [16 posts]
28th April 2014 - 12:32

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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.

posted by 700c [556 posts]
28th April 2014 - 12:47

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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?

posted by allez neg [4 posts]
28th April 2014 - 13:09

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That Carrera kit ROCKED. Wash your mouth out.

posted by andyp [865 posts]
28th April 2014 - 13:40

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