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Incident happened on Evelyn Street near Surrey Quays shopping centre after rider chose not to go up inside of tipper truck

A London cyclist who decided to hang back rather than go up the inside of a tipper truck at a junction near the Surrey Quays shopping centre was told by another rider:  "If you're scared you shouldn't be on the f*cking road."

Footage of the incident was posted online last Thursday bu YouTube user CBL, who had been waiting behind the lorry at the start of a gyratory at the junction of Evelyn Street, Bestwood Street and Lower Road.

Another cyclist said to him, "come on mate!" to which CBL replied: "I'm not going down the side of that, mate. You want me to die?"

Shortly afterwards, the other rider says to him as he overtakes:  "If you're scared you shouldn't be on the f*cking road"

CBL replied: You think I'm scared? That's how other people have died," the other rider giving him a 'wanker' sign in response as he rode off.

"I'm a wanker because I don't want to die down the side of a truck?" CBL shouted after him.

He caught up with the other cyclist at a set of traffic lights just past Bermondsey Station on Jamaica Road, around a mile from where the original exchange took place.

"Can you do me one favour, mate?" he asked, as other cyclists watched.

"Just say to the camera, 'You're a scared wanker if you don't ride down the side of a tipper truck' - because I'll show this to the friends and family of the people who have been killed by them, yeah?"

As the lights changed, he added: "Just have a little patience in your life. It's okay if you want to do it, but if I don't, shut your f*cking mouth."

Posting the video to Youtube, CBL said: "Please excuse me, I'm not at my most articulate so early in the morning. 

"I don't feel like squeezing down the side of a tipper truck which is turning left to get around road works. This guy calls me a wanker and tells me I shouldn't be on the road."

He added: "I wonder how the friends and families of people killed by these hulking trucks feel about this guy's opinion?"
 

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.