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Rider suffers nothing worse than bruises after spectacular crash sends him and bike flying

A cyclist who decided to swap the train for his bike for his commute into London to get fit escaped with nothing more than bruises after a spectacular crash caused by a motorist turning across him, with the episode filmed by his helmet camera.

The incident happened on London Road in Romford, on only the second occasion the rider, who posted the video to YouTube under the user name Cyclejack, decided to ride to work.

The impact sent both the rider and his bike flying – if you’re at work, you may wish to turn the volume down before watching the video with the rider swearing as he realises he can’t avoid hitting the car.

 

In the video’s description on YouTube, he says: “I was travelling around 22mph through Romford. Drizzly conditions so I was being cautious around bends and roundabouts. I didn't expect this!

“I just about got my hands to the brakes (it can just be seen on the frame before impact) but I had no chance of stopping.

“I'm not quite sure how I wasn't seen. I'm over 6ft and was wearing a bright blue jacket. If I was seen then it's a very bad judgement in my speed.

“After a very uncomfortable trip to the hospital in a neck brace and spinal board and various x-rays I escaped with just bruising. So I consider myself lucky.

“At the time the driver was apologetic and was informed by the police that I was recording my ride and seemed to admit fault. But when it came to my insurance claim against her she disputed it. Safe to say the video has saved me a lot of hassle and 3 weeks later the cheque has already arrived from the insurance company.

“My 4 week old Giant bike was written off but thanks to the guys at Cycle Store they put me one of the two they had left aside and I'm looking forward to getting back out there.”

He adds: “I will say the condition of the cycle lanes are a disgrace along that road, along with many I come across. With the usual obstacles of parked cars, drivers edging out of junctions, pot holes, glass, drains –  why would you cycle in a cycle lane?”

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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Suffolk Cycling [65 posts] 2 years ago
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Lucky to escape without breaking anything there. I love how in the moment of realisation that there's nothing that can be done, he comes out with some classic Anglo Saxon language.

Hope he got back on the bike soon

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NeilG83 [299 posts] 2 years ago
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A very lucky escape. Also, in the 20 seconds of video before the "accident" I counted 5 vehicles either parked in or encroaching into the cycle lane!

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bikebot [1924 posts] 2 years ago
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NeilG83 wrote:

A very lucky escape. Also, in the 20 seconds of video before the "accident" I counted 5 vehicles either parked in or encroaching into the cycle lane!

A few encroaching, but none parked. Those are parking bays, you can thank the genius council for another great piece of legacy cycling infrastructure.

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andybwhite [250 posts] 2 years ago
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Seriously, I'm going to have to stop looking at Road CC news as I am starting to get anxious about riding my bike. I get near misses on virtually every ride I do, but incidents like this scare me witless  2

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bikebot [1924 posts] 2 years ago
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Dear road.cc

Please post a youtube video of someone have a really nice, peaceful, relaxing ride in some beautiful countryside.

Ideally, it should contain friends and cake.

Best wishes,

Your readers.

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Matt eaton [742 posts] 2 years ago
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andybwhite wrote:

Seriously, I'm going to have to stop looking at Road CC news as I am starting to get anxious about riding my bike. I get near misses on virtually every ride I do, but incidents like this scare me witless  2

Same here, at least on any decent ride on proper roads. Around town is usually OK, typical numties but usually not too hairy.

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nicholassmith [92 posts] 2 years ago
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Absolutely nailed the landing though, must have done some gymnastics at some stage.

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Suffolk Cycling [65 posts] 2 years ago
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bikebot wrote:

Dear road.cc

Please post a youtube video of someone have a really nice, peaceful, relaxing ride in some beautiful countryside.

Ideally, it should contain friends and cake.

Best wishes,

Your readers.

Here you go, my most recent... http://youtu.be/9qmJc1tLCUs

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brooksby [1276 posts] 2 years ago
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bikebot wrote:

Dear road.cc

Please post a youtube video of someone have a really nice, peaceful, relaxing ride in some beautiful countryside.

Ideally, it should contain friends and cake.

Best wishes,

Your readers.

Seconded! (and don't forget a light tail-wind, too).

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vbvb [595 posts] 2 years ago
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"you may wish to turn the volume down". lol, understatement! Pretty hushed in the parish office today, most of the nuns are in, quietly working away. Might just see what this video is all about, I thought..

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godihatehills [14 posts] 2 years ago
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bikebot wrote:

Dear road.cc

Please post a youtube video of someone have a really nice, peaceful, relaxing ride in some beautiful countryside.

Ideally, it should contain friends and cake.

Best wishes,

Your readers.

http://lvis.org.uk/lvis-audax-2014-part-2/

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Brooess [85 posts] 2 years ago
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Dear road.cc

Please post a youtube video of someone have a really nice, peaceful, relaxing ride in some beautiful countryside.

Ideally, it should contain friends and cake.

Best wishes,

Your readers.

Agreed - Roadcc, you're sending out totally the wrong message by focussing on these stories. We ride bikes because we enjoy it and seeing repeated stories about collisions suggests cycling is dangerous rather than enjoyable. c 120 cyclist died in the UK last year, and 50,000 died of heart disease so sitting at home on the sofa is actually far more dangerous.

If it helps, I'm starting to avoid using roadcc because of the focus on the negativity. You may want to let your advertisers know that!

There's plenty of campaigning groups fighting hard for our rights and our protection so if you show fewer of the negative stories I'm sure we won't lose out

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OldRidgeback [2620 posts] 2 years ago
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Wow, lucky to get away with no serious injuries from that! It's amazing really that the driver tried to contest being at fault, given she knew it was on video. It was a very poor piece of driving.

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Jimmy Ray Will [470 posts] 2 years ago
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I can't believe the driver tried to dispute the claim... or was it the insurance company doing that on the drivers behalf?

The poor cyclists didn't see that car until the last minute did they?

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bikebot [1924 posts] 2 years ago
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I'm loving the videos, you're drowning out another scary story with a feel good vibe that makes me want to go explore somewhere I've never been.  41

Though I'll probably discover another sodding hill  14

Take note editors.

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Sam Walker [67 posts] 2 years ago
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Dear road.cc

Please post a youtube video of someone have a really nice, peaceful, relaxing ride in some beautiful countryside.

Ideally, it should contain friends and cake.

Best wishes,

Your readers.

The Wen to Wen promises bucolic rewards, betwixt the Wens.

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alexb [128 posts] 2 years ago
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How about this? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HPO_tUfAgzY
The four of us were doing a recce ride for a later group ride. A cracking few days in France with every car we saw automatically giving way to us even when we were being idiots.

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georgee [162 posts] 2 years ago
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It will help scare some drivers into realising their driving has consequences other will now believe if they bat into a cyclists who's travelling at a reasonable speed they just swear a lot and walk off fine...

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Col Nago [12 posts] 2 years ago
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Lucky boy to escape that without serious injury and what utterly s***e driving!

I must be very lucky (and I am tempting fate here horribly) - 20 years commuting and this sort of thing has never happened to me. If I see a driver ahead waiting to make a right turn I assume they will not see me and slow down just in case. Does make me think a helmet cam is worth getting though.

Is it the Netherlands where there is a presumption of car driver fault in any accident with a bike?

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jacknorell [966 posts] 2 years ago
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bikebot wrote:

Dear road.cc

Please post a youtube video of someone have a really nice, peaceful, relaxing ride in some beautiful countryside.

Ideally, it should contain friends and cake.

Best wishes,

Your readers.

+lots!

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2Loose [35 posts] 2 years ago
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The admission of guilt on the Police statement should surely have made the video evidence secondary in the insurance claim?

Glad he made such a graceful landing and was relatively unhurt.

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userfriendly [562 posts] 2 years ago
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Col Nago wrote:

Is it the Netherlands where there is a presumption of car driver fault in any accident with a bike?

It's every European country with the exception of UK, Ireland, Romania, Malta, and Cyprus.

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Das [242 posts] 2 years ago
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WOW!!!!!!!!! 6 numbers for Friday Night plz.

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GrahamSt [167 posts] 2 years ago
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For you're own sanity don't read the YouTube comments on the video. Several mouth-breathing trolls wittering on about him going too fast or suggesting he is in it for the compensation money  102

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dp24 [201 posts] 2 years ago
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I presume the (lying) driver is facing a charge of driving without due care and attention, or is that wishful thinking?

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HoldTheWheel [24 posts] 2 years ago
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To the people complaining about accident videos on road cc, they are trying to raise awareness of the issue, if enough people stamp their feet something more might be done to improve safety for cyclists. When councils put in proper cycling infrastructure, when drivers are better educated, when idiots realise they face more than a slap on the wrist for dangerous driving, these videos will be far less common.

I'm so glad I don't live in London, I have to deal with idiots but they're nowhere near as bad as this, creeping out of junctions into the road, cycle lanes disappearing under cars. Fair play to the rider for wanting to get back on the bike, that could easily have scared him off from ever riding to work again.

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bikebot [1924 posts] 2 years ago
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IanRCarter wrote:

To the people complaining about accident videos on road cc, they are trying to raise awareness of the issue, if enough people stamp their feet something more might be done to improve safety for cyclists. When councils put in proper cycling infrastructure, when drivers are better educated, when idiots realise they face more than a slap on the wrist for dangerous driving, these videos will be far less common.

I'm so glad I don't live in London, I have to deal with idiots but they're nowhere near as bad as this, creeping out of junctions into the road, cycle lanes disappearing under cars. Fair play to the rider for wanting to get back on the bike, that could easily have scared him off from ever riding to work again.

Campaigners don't preach to the choir!

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bikebot [1924 posts] 2 years ago
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GrahamSt wrote:

For you're own sanity don't read the YouTube comments on the video. Several mouth-breathing trolls wittering on about him going too fast or suggesting he is in it for the compensation money  102

A lot of the mouth breathers are accounts created by campaigners from the "Drivers Union", who regularly troll any cyclist video on Youtube. All the regular cyclist channels have blocked them, but when a video gets a bit of media coverage they dive in.

A lot of people believe that the "JollySelfRighteous" account is an alias created by Keith Peat, due to the similarities in prose and often bizarre arguments.

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CXR94Di2 [1154 posts] 2 years ago
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I am in Holland at the moment. What a revelation, the array of cycling of all ages. The segregated cycle paths all over the place. Cars have to stop for cyclist crossing junctions. My son and I have just cycled 20 miles on dedicated tracks from one town to another without hardly touching a road. Why why can't Britain adopt some of these fantastic ideas?

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downfader [203 posts] 2 years ago
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Guys. OK so the videos are frightening. Do something about it. Badger your MP, your council, your local plod.

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