Video: York headcam cyclist who posted video of poor riding turns his attention to city's drivers

Ilegal parking, close passes, left turns in rider's path and eating and drinking at wheel feature in latest YouTube clip...

A York cyclist who last month posted a YouTube video showing poor cycling by fellow riders has turned his attention to the city’s motorists.

The anonymous cyclist’s latest compilation includes headcamera footage of cars parked across cycle lanes, drivers turning left across the rider’s path, jumping red traffic lights and several close passes.

The latter include one incident in which the cyclist is squeezed between an illegally parked car and a National Express coach that is overtaking him.

According to the York Press, the man, who goes by the YouTube user name CarefulCyclist, posted the video because he wants motorists to ask themselves: “Is the additional risk I am taking worth it?

"My second aim is to shame those road users who think it is OK to put others at risk.

"Drivers who choose to drive with a cup, food or phone in their hand are a danger to all other road users and should rightly be embarrassed by their selfishness. Drivers who pass too closely are in breach of Rule 163 of the Highway Code."

Referring to that incident with the National Express coach, he said: "At that point, I was scared. The camera has a wide angle lens and doesn’t really convey just how small that gap was."

Some commenters to the video suggest that the cyclist doesn’t seem to anticipate the actions of some drivers adequately, for example when a bus turns right onto the road he is riding on.

The sharp-eyed among you will notice that the video starts with footage of a cyclist attempting to undertake a left-turning vehicle that was featured in the previous video on poor cycling.

Presumably that’s included here since the rider doing the filming feels the driver should have anticipated what the cyclist was going to do by seeing him in his passenger side wing mirror.

Here’s the earlier video on York cyclists.

Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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