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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 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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