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Helmet-cam captures drivers at their worst

Cyclist 'names and shames' on video website...

Road.cc regular Joby Spragg has hit the national headlines for his 'name and shame' website which features the antics of bad drivers caught on a helmet-cam.

Joby, 33, of Hyde, has been cut up, clipped and forced off the road by hostile motorists. Although he's written to some of their employers to complain, he's received little in reponse.

Joby, who posts regularly on road.cc as 'jobysp' has fitted a tiny camera to his helmet and posts his experiences of cycle commuting in Greater Manchester on his website, www.fightbaddriving.co.uk 

By posting their antics on the internet Joby hopes to name and shame drivers and force his local council to make cyclists' journeys to work safer.

Already he has filmed a bus driver jumping a red light, a mini-bus parking illegally in his cycling lane and a BMW car cutting across him to avoid heavy traffic.

Joby told theDaily Mail that he didn't want people to get convicted, or to lose their licences - "I just want people to realise how they are driving and how dangerous it is for cyclists," he said.

"A lot of drivers just seem to think cyclists don't pay road tax so they don't pay any attention to us. But I also put cyclists that break the law onto the website, because it's not fair to only target drivers - not all cyclists are good either.

"The highway code says that if you are over-taking a cyclist you have to be at least three feet away, but people don't, especially at this time of year - people just want to get home from work. In the summer, people seem to be more relaxed.

"I just want to highlight to people how terrible some driving is, and to shock people and teach them to be better drivers. There are lots of selfish drivers out there who risk their own lives and others just to take a few seconds off their journey."

Joby began cycling to the 13 miles to work in Manchester city centre from his home a year ago to lose weight through the Cycle to Work scheme. It didn't take him long to realise how dangerous the roads could be.

He said: "The first time I went out, I had to bump up onto the pavement a lot because the driving was so scary and because I wasn't that confident.

"But as I got more confident and was using the road more, I was becoming more of a target for people that don't like cyclists.

"They drive in cycle lanes, they drive over cycle lanes, they drive at you, they drive within an inch of you and then when you confront them they tell you to pay your road tax and get off your bike.' "

Joby wants a permanent camera to be installed at Denton roundabout, the black spot of his journey, to prevent a fatal accident.

A Tameside council spokesman said: 'We have not yet heard from Mr Spragg but if he hands over any material he gets as part of his investigations we are more than happy to take a look at it.'

 

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