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Video: Driver who knocked cyclist off bike falsely claimed rider had jumped red light

Motorist told to attend driver improvement course after incident in Brixton earlier this year

A motorist who knocked a cyclist off his bike in south London then falsely claimed  that the rider had run a red light has been sent on a driver improvement course.

The reader who sent it in to us, asking to remain anonymous, said it took place at the junction of New Park Road and the South Circuar Road in Brixton on 7 August.

It was 7:50 and a clear summer’s morning,” he told us, and “the end of the first half of my daily commute from Thames Ditton.”

The footage clearly shows the cyclist going through a green traffic signal and heading across the junction when a driver turns right across his path, knocking him from his bike,

“I had some a few cuts and bad bruising on my side,” he told us. “Nothing broken.”

But he continued:”I had some post-accident trauma. I got very emotional when I spoke about it.

“I’ve never been knocked off my bike before,” he said. “I consider myself an experienced cyclist - I think I’m very good at spotting danger.

“This came out of nowhere though, and it’s shaken my trust in other road users. I don’t use that junction any more.                                                                                        

“The worst bit about it was that the driver from the outset blamed me.

“In the aftermath of the crash he was arguing with me as I was still on the ground (I haven’t included this because there are a few witnesses and I don’t want to impose on their privacy).

“Later I saw him checking his car for damage. In his statement to the insurance company he said I had jumped a red light and ‘come out of nowhere’.

“The insurance company (Aviva) were pretty good and paid what I considered reasonable compensation.

“The police communicated well, he added

“The driver has been offered a day’s ‘driver improvement course’. I’m not sure if that will have any influence on him as he hasn’t accepted he’s in the wrong.”

Simon has been news editor at 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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