Crimewatch presenter and BBC Radio 2 DJ Jeremy Vine has posted footage to Twitter showing a driver who had just turned across his path as he rode his bike to “f*ck his mum.”
Vine often tweets incidents filmed on his commute, with a driver jailed earlier this month after his video evidence helped secure her conviction, triggering an existing suspended sentence.
The latest incident happened on Kensington High Street, with the driver of a Mercedes turning right into side street when Vine had right of way, causing the 51-year-old, who had just been waved through by a motorist in a parked Range Rover, to hit his brakes before carrying on round the front of the vehicle after it stopped.
You meet a better class of person in Kensington. pic.twitter.com/P4YjQAi1xQ
— Jeremy Vine (@theJeremyVine) April 26, 2017
When Vine remonstrated with the motorist, the driver shouted at him, “F*ck your mum.”
The broadcaster observed in his tweet: “You meet a better class of person in Kensington.”
Some commenters to the post on Twitter suggested the motorist had done nothing wrong in executing the right turn, given that Vine had been filtering up the inside of a bus which had stopped to let the Mercedes turn right, though others pointed out that the cyclist had every right to carry straight on.
— CyclingMikey (@CyclingMikey) April 26, 2017
One cyclist familiar with the road said that they would have exercised more caution, but also criticised the Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea for its parking policies.
@theJeremyVine Though knowing that road and its many junctions I'd probably not have undertaken there as nearly caught there in evening that direction
— Goth on a Brompton (@GothOnABrompton) April 26, 2017
Another reply said both parties were equally to blame.
@theJeremyVine It's 50 50. The right turner started their manoeuvre before you were visible.
— Pete Wyatt (@petewyatt) April 26, 2017
Finally, one Twitter user pondered what may have been behind the motorist’s specific choice of words.
— Neg (@R6Neg) April 26, 2017
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.