A London cyclist has filmed the moment a taxi clipped another rider as the cab driver tried to squeeze past another rider at Piccadilly Circus.
The footage, which contains some very strong language, was shot on Monday morning by Ross Holdsworth, and begins with him riding up Lower Regent Street towards the busy junction.
At the traffic lights by the Statue of Eros, the rider in front moves off, with the cab driver darting up the inside and making contact with the handlebars of the bike.
The right-hand lane of three that the taxi was occupying at the traffic lights is clearly marked ahead of the junction as being for Shaftesbury Avenue and Trafalgar Square – the exit from the junction the driver is headed towards.
While the road layout means he has to swing across to the left to join the traffic queueing there, that doesn’t excuse trying to squeeze in front of the cyclist, nor the taxi driver’s behaviour afterwards as he gets out of his vehicle and launches a rant at the rider.
“I didn’t drive into no-one, I’m coming up here,” says the cabbie. “You hit me f*cking cab. Pull over there, we’ll call the police.”
But Ross, the cyclist filming says, “It’s alright, I’ve got a camera, mate,” to which the taxi driver shouts in reply, “I’ve got a camera in here. I ain’t cut in front of nobody.”
Challenged that "You drove into him," he responds, "I didn't drive into anyone."
But Ross told road.cc "He absolutely clipped his bars," adding that he believes the manoeuvre was “obviously deliberate” and described it as “scare tactics designed to keep riders off the road.”
The footage comes at a time when West Midlands Police’s campaign to target drivers who have passed cyclists too closely by prosecuting them based on third party video evidence has been receiving national attention, with calls from cycle campaigners around the country for their local forces to follow suit.
As of Friday, West Midlands Police have so far prosecuted 78 motorists under the initiative. North Wales Police is undertaking a similar campaign, as are officers in the London Borough of Camden.
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.