Swedish cyclist 'butted off' her bike by a passing rear end

Car passenger knocked her down with his backside

by Sarah Barth   November 27, 2012  

road.cc news

Even in Scandinavia, the cyclists' Utopia, two-wheeled types have to deal with driver aggression. In Sweden, a woman heading home from a night out with friends was knocked off her bike by a backside that was sticking out of a car passenger window.

"I had no time to realize what was happening," 22-year-old Pernilla Nordqvist told the Expressen newspaper (reported in The Local), following the incident, which took place in the early hours of Sunday morning.

"I flew. Only the head and legs were still in the car, quite a bit of the upper body and legs were also sticking out."

She said that the incident, in Skellefteå in northern Sweden, which the police have called 'reckless driving', left her in pain and taking tablets.

The police have identified the culprits, and the other passengers in the car, but no criminal charges have been formally filed.

"I'm not sure how I should put this since I've never seen anything like it," Joakim Oja of the Skellefteå police told the paper.

"The butt of a passenger was hanging out the window of the car and that's what hit the cyclist."

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what is with anti-cycling aggression?

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posted by new-to-cycling [47 posts]
27th November 2012 - 16:10


The worst of it is - I doubt the intent was even to knock her off - from the sound of the incident I'm guessing it was a group of lads trying (and failing miserably) to be funny

Buddha said:

Believe nothing, No matter where you read it,
Or who has said it, Not even if I have said it,
Unless it agrees with your own reason
And your own common sense.

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posted by mad_scot_rider [580 posts]
27th November 2012 - 16:24


Watch "The War on Britain's Roads" on BBC1 Wednesday 5th December. Will it encourage "Us and them-ism"? Or will it start a decent discussion? Answers on a postcard to.....


posted by PhilRuss [325 posts]
27th November 2012 - 20:37


What a bummer...

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posted by gazpacho [93 posts]
28th November 2012 - 0:20


Is this Ms Nordqvist's an(n)us horribilis?

posted by Sadly Biggins [269 posts]
28th November 2012 - 12:43