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Video: Cyclists come to aid of London motorist who had broken down ... while others drive by

Four riders help move car off cycleway

You could be forgiven for thinking it is open season on Britain's cyclists at the moment, with the Charlie Alliston case sparking a slew of highly opinionated and often ill-informed commentary across the media as well as the government promising an "urgent review" of "cycling safety" in the wake of that case.

Here's a video posted to YouTube by heelmetcam user 4ChordsNoNet though that casts cyclists, especially those in the capital, in a much more favourable light than you might imagine had you read, say, this piece yesterday from The Economist's 1843 Magazine.

A motorist's car has broken down on a Cycle SSuperhighway on Harleyford Road by The Oval cricket ground in South London and while other drivers pass by, it's four cyclists who stop and together help get it off the road.

Chapeau, gents - perhaps some motorists might have helped too had the car been blocking the road itself?

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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