A former HGV driver has pleaded guilty to committing a public order offence, but told a court in Oxford that he was angry because he had been knocked off his bike by a bus.
Robert Lee, 33, admitted using threatening abusive or insulting words or behaviour, or disorderly behaviour, within the hearing or sight of a person likely to be caused harassment, alarm or distress, reports the Oxford Mail.
The court heard that Mr Lee approached and shouted at a female bus driver at the Water Eaton park-and-ride site on July 25.
Defending himself, Mr Lee said he was sorry for his behaviour but had been knocked off his bike by the bus when the driver tried to fit through a tight gap.
Lee said: “I tried to talk to her and she said she didn’t care and to report her.
“It was quite a serious thing to happen to me and it shook me up.
“I complained to the company and the bus driver was sacked, but she got her job back on appeal.
“She got a second chance so I’m just asking for one for me. I sincerely apologise to everyone.”
District Judge Tim Pattinson handed Mr Lee a conditional six month discharge. He was ordered to pay £35 costs and a £15 victims’ surcharge.
John has been writing about bikes and cycling for over 30 years since discovering that people were mug enough to pay him for it rather than expecting him to do an honest day's work.
He was heavily involved in the mountain bike boom of the late 1980s as a racer, team manager and race promoter, and that led to writing for Mountain Biking UK magazine shortly after its inception. He got the gig by phoning up the editor and telling him the magazine was rubbish and he could do better. Rather than telling him to get lost, MBUK editor Tym Manley called John’s bluff and the rest is history.
Since then he has worked on MTB Pro magazine and was editor of Maximum Mountain Bike and Australian Mountain Bike magazines, before switching to the web in 2000 to work for CyclingNews.com. Along with road.cc founder Tony Farelly, John was on the launch team for BikeRadar.com and subsequently became editor in chief of Future Publishing’s group of cycling magazines and websites, including Cycling Plus, MBUK, What Mountain Bike and Procycling.
John has also written for Cyclist magazine, edited the BikeMagic website and was founding editor of TotalWomensCycling.com before handing over to someone far more representative of the site's main audience.
He joined road.cc in 2013. He lives in Cambridge where the lack of hills is more than made up for by the headwinds.