New Forest cyclist suffers broken collarbone after being rammed by car in road rage incident

Hampshire Police appeal for witnesses to incident last Sunday afternoon

by Simon_MacMichael   September 17, 2011 news

Hampshire Police are appealing for witnesses following a road rage incident in the New Forest that left a cyclist with a broken collarbone after a motorist deliberately rammed him with his vehicle.

Bournemouth resident Stephen Roberts, aged 43 and a member of New Forest Cycling Club, was riding his Cannondale time trial bike on Burley Road near Brockenhurst when the incident took place at around 2pm last Sunday afternoon, reports the Bournemouth Echo.

Mr Roberts told the newspaper that he had been forced to brake approaching a pinch point on the road at which he believed he had right of way due to two vehicles coming towards him at an estimated 40 miles per hour.

He admitted that he gave a ‘V’ sign to the driver of the second car, who subsequently turned his vehicle round and went off in pursuit of the cyclist, beeping his horn as he pulled up alongside him before swerving, forcing Mr Roberts into the grass verge.

The motorist, who was driving a black hatchback which may have had tinted rear windows and was thought to be carrying a passenger, made off without stopping.

“Luckily I didn’t land on a kerb stone or anything like that,” reflected the cyclist.

“At first it was a numb feeling, then it got a lot more painful. For the first couple of minutes I lay face down just getting myself together because I couldn’t believe what had happened.

“Two or three cars stopped and the people came over to help me – I want to thank them,” he added.

Hampshire Police are keen to trace any motorists who were I the area as well as a female cyclist who was in the vicinity, and anyone with information is asked to call PC David Woolfrey at Lymington police station on 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

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Oh lord, the Bournemouth neanderthals out in force, with their pig-ignorant comments about RLJs and cyclists not having a right to the road because "they don't pay road tax".

When will these ignorami finally get the point, that road tax was abolished in 1936, by Winston Churchill no less, for the excellent reason that he feared that motorists would start to believ that they had excluive rights to the road.

Well, you need to be at least 80 years old and to the right of Atilla the Hun to live in Bournemouth, so what would I expect?

posted by Paul M [339 posts]
18th September 2011 - 12:53

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Similar nonsense going on at the sister paper:

Its "his fault" because he flicked the Vs. Whilst I don't agree with it - its no reason for someone to deliberately drive into someone. The guy is probably losing a lot of money where he cant work now.

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posted by downfader [204 posts]
18th September 2011 - 23:01


Showing a v sign to an offending driver may be tempting and even deserved in many instances but given how many aggressive drivers there are, it's not a good idea. The cyclist didn't deserve this and I hope the offending driver is caught but I think it's worth remembering just how many loonies there are out there behind the wheel. A simple shake of the head can show dissatisfaction with another road user's ability without necessarily challenging some witless knuckle dragger to show just how thoughtlessly and dangerously aggressive they can be.


posted by OldRidgeback [2515 posts]
19th September 2011 - 9:54

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I've resorted to the headshake, futile that it is, as the motorist will probably be clueless in the use of their rear view mirror. It does get rid of some frustration in demonstrating my contempt for the offending driver and then I find a hill to tackle. Had a look at some of the responses on the Echo and found the usual tedious attitudes many of which had nothing to do with the incident. Hoping that this individual hands themselves in and the authorities actually charge him for something other than dangerous driving - attempted murder comes to mind. Speedy recovery for Mr Roberts and hope he is rolling soon.

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posted by giff77 [1131 posts]
19th September 2011 - 13:06


That is our favourite road for cycling. They only recently added the pinch points and it has become lethal.


posted by cslattery [79 posts]
19th September 2011 - 14:06

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Nerd From the Highway Code
General advice (144-158)
Traffic-calming measures. On some roads there are features such as road humps, chicanes and narrowings which are intended to slow you down. When you approach these features reduce your speed. Allow cyclists and motorcyclists room to pass through them. Maintain a reduced speed along the whole of the stretch of road within the calming measures. Give way to oncoming road users if directed to do so by signs. You should not overtake other moving road users while in these areas.

How often do we see this advice disregarded? The ranting cyclist hating lobby of the Echo seemed to have skipped this page.

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posted by giff77 [1131 posts]
19th September 2011 - 15:48

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The pinch point traffic calming system sometimes has a mini lane that allows cyclists to bypass the danger spot - there's a busy and formerly dangerous road near us in S London that has this system and it's pretty good.


posted by OldRidgeback [2515 posts]
19th September 2011 - 17:02


When alone on the road a raised closed hand with a waggle of the extended little finger is the way forward. By the time they realise (brow furrowed in intense struggle) that your little finger waggle is a direct reference to the size of their manhood they're already miles away.

Silly me. You're probably right....

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posted by MercuryOne [1141 posts]
19th September 2011 - 21:14


Have to remember this one, thanks Mercury Laughing I suppose there is truth in it, as most drivers seem to compensate in ratio to the vehicle they drive Devil

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posted by giff77 [1131 posts]
20th September 2011 - 11:49


It annoys me so much when you get Mr Irratic Car in a very busy location attempting with every sinew and muscle to squeeze in front of you on a bike only to see them brake harshly in front and stop in a queue which was totally visible way back. When safe to do so you inch slowly past said vehicles and get abuse thrown at you! It's about time everyone looked in the mirror before getting in their car and taking a chill pill and looked forward to an enjoyable drive to their location instead of the stoneage attitude of working out how many people they can upset on their way....

Live to Ride, 'cycling a real sport'

posted by shaun finnis [27 posts]
21st September 2011 - 6:19


Well here..

I am a cyclist and a driver

There are bad drivers.. AND certainly bad cylists as well. Nobody has the right to ram somebody off the road for any reason. But giving somebody the fingers, or shaking heads is not a very good thing to do either. I am always very patient with other cyclist when driving, but sometimes we/they get drivers and themselves into very dangerous situations because we/they think that a cyclist can be a pedestrian and a traffic object at the same time.

I say we should have respect for eachother - mostly people just want to get home in one piece anyways. Big Grin

Though I get annoyed when people on MTB's ride in the middle of the road in rush hour when there is a path on the other side of the road.

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posted by seabass89 [235 posts]
21st September 2011 - 21:14


This article and the " half the drivers points " item came to my attention after posting an item to my blog skippi-cyclist.blogspot and i have borrowed a few of the comments here to reinforce the story !

Skippy(advocate for "Disabled / Para Sport")@skippydetour. blogging as skippi-cyclist.blogspot & Parrabuddy.blogspot currently on the road with ProTour Grand Tour Events .

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posted by skippy [405 posts]
26th September 2011 - 7:23

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