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Video: Moped rider crashes on bike path as cyclist slaps him

Incident took place in Stockholm, where mopeds are allowed on cycle paths

We've covered plenty of helmet camera footage here on road.cc involving cyclists being assaulted by other road users, but here's something different - a cyclist slapping a moped rider as the pair pass each other on a cycle path.

The incident took place in Stockholm, Sweden and the video was uploaded to the website LiveLeak last Wednesday by the moped rider, where it has been viewed more than 60,000 times and attracted around 900 comments.

After sending the moped rider crashing to the ground, the cyclist protests his innocence as a passer-by berates him, saying, "You can't just punch people!"

"I didn't punch him, absolutely not!" he replies, according to the subtitles.

A punch or a slap, semantics aside the footage clearly shows the cyclist raising his left arm to hit the moped rider as the pair approach one another from opposite directions.

The moped rider explained in his post that he was legally entitled to be on the shared-use path, saying: "The lane to the right is actually for pedestrians, while the lane to the left is for bicycles/mopeds going both directions."

The presence of mopeds on paths primarily meant for bicycles is often a source of tension between users of both types of two-wheelers due to the typically higher speeds mopeds travel at, the noise they make and the fumes they emit.

A law currently going though the Dutch parliament will allow municipalities to ban mopeds from cycle paths, with Amsterdam, where use of the powered vehicles has boomed in recent years, among cities planning to do so.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc 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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