Boris Johnson rides to aid of cyclist apparently doored by minicab driver

Mayor of London stops on way back to City Hall to help look after stricken cyclist

by Simon_MacMichael   September 14, 2011  

Boris Johnson at Cycle Superhighway launch July 2010

Mayor of London Boris Johnson, who two years ago gave chase on his bike to a gang of girls attempting to mug a woman in Camden, has played Good Samaritan again after stopping to help a fellow cyclist who had been knocked off his bike and injured when a minicab driver opened his car door into his path.

The incident took place on Monday evening in Southwark Street as Mr Johnson returned – on a Boris Bike, naturally – to City Hall following a meeting in the West End, reports the London Evening Standard.

Mr Johnson telephoned for an ambulance and remained with the victim until emergency services arrived at the scene, adds the newspaper, which also provided an eyewitness account from project manager Liam Smith, who was passing by.

"I saw Boris speed past me on his Boris bike and go through two red lights,” said Mr Smith, with perhaps a little more detail than the Mayor would appreciate.

“A short while later I saw him at the junction of Southwark Bridge Road with a small crowd of people and an injured cyclist.

"The man was bleeding from his mouth and had cuts on his hands and knees,” Mr Smith added. “He was very pale and barely conscious.

"Boris was on the phone calling an ambulance and then he was saying to the man, 'stay awake, stay awake, what is your name?'

"He was shaking him gently to stop him from passing out. A guy brought him a glass of water and was saying, 'don't worry, you are being looked after by the Mayor of London'. The cyclist said his name was Richard and he was on his way to visit a friend."

Mr Smith added that an off-duty member of St John’s Ambulance helped administer first aid to the stricken cyclist, while the mini cab driver also remained at the scene.

While Mr Johnson is without doubt one of the capital's most high-profile cyclists, and certainly the one best placed to influence policy when it comes to getting around the city on two wheels, some of his decisions have been criticised as being at odds with his much-vaunted desire to bring about a "cycling revolution" in London.

There has been a series of protests by cycle campaigners against his and Transport for London's decision to scrap a temporary 20 mile an hour speed limit on Blackfriars Bridge, while two years ago he was criticised for effectively scrapping the Commercial Vehicle Education unit after axing funding for the body, which was staffed and operated by the Metropolitan Police.

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What a hero, dunno if it means I'd vote for him next time.


posted by OldRidgeback [2535 posts]
14th September 2011 - 21:06


It's time he wore a blue skin suit with a big red 's' on the front, don't much care for his politics but he certainly is a huge character.


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posted by antonio [1096 posts]
15th September 2011 - 9:35


Good he stopped to help. Applause

Heading east there is a cycle lane right in the door zone of some parking bays, which isn't great. Although in London plenty of people will swing a car door open fully without looking at whats coming along the road.

The eyewitness statement sounds a bit odd. There is nowhere on Southwark Road where you could see someone jumping two red lights as they are quite far apart.

posted by thereverent [348 posts]
15th September 2011 - 10:18


"I saw Boris speed past me on his Boris bike and go through two red lights,”

If this is the behaviour of someone who is supposed to be a cycling ambassador for the capital, then what hope is there?


posted by Matt_S [224 posts]
15th September 2011 - 10:19


While it is irrelevant the number of Red lights none shoulkd be ignored the eyewitneess would have to have super human eyesight to have witnessed two reds on this road


posted by Gavin667 [15 posts]
15th September 2011 - 13:49


Opening a car door in the path of an oncoming cyclist or motorcyclist is an offence. Has the mini cab driver been charged?


posted by OldRidgeback [2535 posts]
15th September 2011 - 15:09


What a hero. At least he stopped and did something. Good on him. As for voting for him. He's better than the rest but that's not saying much. He can't please everyone and generally I think he gets it right.

posted by Ciaran Patrick [119 posts]
16th September 2011 - 17:29