A cyclist in Cambridgeshire who submitted footage to police of a motorist threatening to knock him off his bike has been told that they cannot take action against the driver. The rider said that he had encountered the driver twice before, and that the latest incident has left him afraid to cycle in the area.
Cambridgeshire Live, which has video of the exchange between the driver and the 47-year-old cyclist, reports that the incident happened at approximately 7.25am last Friday 21 December on Barton Road in Barton, which lies just to the west of Cambridge.
The motorist told the rider to get off the road and onto the cycle path but when the cyclist replied that the driver could not make him to that, the latter said: "Next time I'll knock you off the road."
The cyclist, who asked for anonymity, reported the incident to the police, but they told him they could not do anything.
He told Cambridgeshire Live: "There's a road and a cycle path on the side, and on this occasion the driver started beeping me from behind as he pulled alongside me.
"He told me to get off the road and use the cycle path.
"The driver carried on into the village and pulled into the side of the road at Barton – so I pulled over next to him and asked why he shouted at me."
He said that he had encountered the driver twice before.
"I recognised the man as someone who has done it previously on two other occasions,” he explained.
"It's incredibly stressful. Even reporting it to police. It's very traumatic looking at the footage again.
"He's made a threat. I've got no idea what the guy is capable of.
"Now I'm even more nervous to make the same trip," he added.
The newspaper said it had contacted Cambridgeshire Constabulary for a comment but had not yet received a reply.
Simon joined road.cc 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.