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Mayor of London, Transport Minister, and top adviser have lucky escape

Dramatic CCTV footage (below) caught what London Mayor Boris Johnson described as a "near death experience" last Friday morning while he was cycling on the streets of London. The mayor was out riding on a prospective route for one of the 'cycling super-highways" mooted for the capital accompanied by Transport Minister Lord Adonis and the Mayor's head of transport policy, Kulveer Ranger.

The three were amongst a group of cyclists who can be seen coming around a bend on the street in Canary Wharf when they are overtaken by a fairly fast moving recycling lorry. As it passes the group one of the lorry's rear doors swings open hitting one parked car and then hooking on to another and flnging it across the road into the path of the cyclists who are obscured by the back of the lorry.

In the CCTV footage the lorry driver can be seen getting out of his cab and inspecting the damage to the cars… his day then takes a real turn for the worse when Boris appears, bike helmet in hand and scratching his head, which given the circumstances was admirably restrained of him.

Boris did managed to extract one positive from the experience as an aide to the mayor told the Guardian An aide to the mayor said: "It was pretty awful. "They were shaken up and Boris was shocked. But it makes the case even more for his super highways."

Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.

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neilwheel [130 posts] 7 years ago
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Isn't it amazing how Boris can tell, almost by some kind of strange instinct, there's a camera present and push his way into the shot!

Allegedly.

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PzychotropicMac [81 posts] 7 years ago
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wonder what sort of a meeting the driver had with his boss after that.

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hammergonewest [105 posts] 7 years ago
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Or what went through his mind when Boris suddenly hove into view

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wild man [297 posts] 7 years ago
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Bloody hell, that was frightening.

You'd have thought Ken Livingstone would have got over it by now...

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SimpleSimon [112 posts] 7 years ago
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Not sure what is more dangerous in London now - cycling or parking!

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OldRidgeback [2660 posts] 7 years ago
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Interesting - I know scrap lorries and skip lorries are involved in a disproportionately high number of accidents, many of which relate to poor driving and poor vehicle condition. I remember reading statistics on this somewhere, might have been info from the DfT.