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CyclingMikey ends up on car bonnet during confrontation with angry motorist

The cycling activist, real name Mike van Erp, challenged the driver after witnessing him drive down the wrong side of the road

During his 15 years of catching law-breaking and distracted drivers red-handed, Mike van Erp has had his fair share of run-ins with angry motorists. But when the bike-riding activist, better known by his online alias CyclingMikey, decided to step in front of a motorist driving down the wrong side of the road, perhaps even he didn’t expect the driver to continue on his way, sending Mike onto the car bonnet in the process.

Dr Robert Davis, chair of the Road Danger Reduction Forum, posted images on Twitter of the remarkable incident, which occurred earlier today on the Outer Circle of London’s Regent’s Park, at a turning coined by Mikey as Gandalf Corner, one of his most recognisable locations for clocking drivers forcing their way up the wrong side of the road to get past other road users. 

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Gandalf Corner is a nod to the scene in the Lord of the Rings film The Fellowship of the Ring in which the wizard, played by Sir Ian McKellen, tells a balrog, “You shall not pass!”

Davis tweeted that he had just spotted his fellow road safety campaigner at Gandalf Corner, but before the pair could greet each other, Mikey spotted yet another motorist taking his chances driving on the wrong side of the road.

Like the aforementioned wizard, Mikey then stood directly in front of the driver’s car, explaining to him that he was breaking the law. However, the motorist appeared to be having none of it and continued to briefly drive on, all the while carrying a camera-wearing cyclist on his bonnet.

“Another bonnet ride,” Mikey tweeted later. “Blighter pushing me around the corner with his car.”

Fortunately, the driver’s dangerous manoeuvre was quickly brought to a halt by the appearance of the British Transport Police’s Specialist Response Unit. According to Mike, the motorist at that point “sheepishly” reversed. The police then took Mikey, Robert and the driver’s details, which will be passed onto the Met.

Today’s incident wasn’t the first time that Mike has had a dangerous encounter with an angry motorist. In January, he claimed that he was assaulted and his bike damaged after filming a driver using his phone behind the wheel. 

Mikey, whose his efforts to bring law-breaking drivers to justice are in part motivated by his experience as a teenager when his father was killed by a drunk driver, has said that in 2019 alone he caught 358 drivers – and two cyclists – breaking the law, with fines totalling tens of thousands of pounds after his submission of footage to the police.

He is well-known for posting footage on his YouTube channel of people he has witnessed committing road traffic offences, including a number of famous faces such as film maker Guy Ritchie, former boxer Chris Eubank, and ex-Chelsea footballer and current Everton manager Frank Lampard

Ryan joined road.cc as a news writer in December 2021. He has written about cycling and some ball-centric sports for various websites, newspapers, magazines and radio. Before returning to writing about cycling full-time, he completed a PhD in History and published a book and numerous academic articles on religion and politics in Victorian Britain and Ireland (though he remained committed to boring his university colleagues and students with endless cycling trivia). He can be found riding his bike very slowly through the Dromara Hills of Co. Down.

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grOg | 1 year ago
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I don't care if the motorist is at fault.. I'd pay to see van twerp get a bonnet ride.

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Bmblbzzz | 1 year ago
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I thought British Transport Police were concerned with crime committed on trains and railway properties? Is this not more likely to be the traffic division of the Met? 

I could of course be wrong (and yeah it's pedantry but hey, I have cake – flapjack actually.)

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Rendel Harris replied to Bmblbzzz | 1 year ago
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The original poster CHAIRRDRF did clarify later that it was BTP; although their primary concern is stations, trains etc they have the authority and indeed obligation to intervene in any public order situation they encounter, once it's resolved they'll then pass the details on to the appropriate force for further investigation/action.

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IanMSpencer | 1 year ago
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Can't help feeling that if cyclists get cautioned for swearing when motorists get off for dangerous driving that caused it that Micky will get done for obstruction. Looking forwards to seeing Micky's headcam of the spume-fleckled driver.

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alchemilla | 1 year ago
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Great timing by the police. Where else in the country would there likely be any police at all who happen to be driving by when a traffic offence is occurring?
Nowhere. Must only be in London, then.

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Hirsute | 1 year ago
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Why don't they make him a special constable with very specific and limited powers?

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Captain Badger replied to Hirsute | 1 year ago
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hirsute wrote:

Why don't they make him a special constable with very specific and limited powers?

Special Constables have the same powers as teh regular police service. 

In fact, each individual citizen has specific and limited powers of arrest. The Police are the Public, and the Public are the Police - no 7 of the 9 Peelian principles.

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Sriracha | 1 year ago
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Deliberately the wrong side of the road and deliberately running into a pedestrian, and then continuing, all because you insist the rules don't apply to you - there has to be a special punishment for that.

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lesterama replied to Sriracha | 1 year ago
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I know a PM who would surely approve

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chrisonatrike replied to lesterama | 1 year ago
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lesterama wrote:

I know a PM who would surely approve

Would that be a certain PM who has himself stood up to a (possibly unhinged) man with a history of driving vehicles (normally tanks) the wrong way across borders and firmly said "Go back!", refusing to get out of the way until... er...

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Flintshire Boy replied to lesterama | 1 year ago
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Seriously. Get a life.

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Rendel Harris replied to Flintshire Boy | 1 year ago
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chrisonatrike replied to Sriracha | 1 year ago
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Sriracha wrote:

Deliberately the wrong side of the road and deliberately running into a pedestrian, and then continuing, all because you insist the rules don't apply to you - there has to be a special punishment for that.

A special punishment - yes: "a couple of weeks having to live with knowing the police might think about doing something".  Or maybe an official letter sternly telling them not to do it again or else.

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eburtthebike | 1 year ago
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Wow!  Good timing by the police, and let's hope the driver gets his just desserts; 12 month ban looks about right to me.

Thanks again Mike.  I don't have many heros, but you're on the list.

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swldxer replied to eburtthebike | 1 year ago
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It's just "deserts" or did you mean jelly and cream?

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stomec replied to swldxer | 1 year ago
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swldxer wrote:

It's just "deserts" or did you mean jelly and cream?

But in my head someone getting eg boiled sprouts for pudding rather than jelly and ice cream is a perfect example of a propernpunishment and therefore the incorrect spelling makes perfect sense!

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eburtthebike replied to stomec | 1 year ago
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stomec wrote:

But in my head someone getting eg boiled sprouts for pudding rather than jelly and ice cream is a perfect example of a propernpunishment and therefore the incorrect spelling makes perfect sense!

Boiled sprouts with cream of cabbage, topped with chocolate sauce.

Yumm.

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hawkinspeter replied to eburtthebike | 1 year ago
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eburtthebike wrote:
stomec wrote:

But in my head someone getting eg boiled sprouts for pudding rather than jelly and ice cream is a perfect example of a propernpunishment and therefore the incorrect spelling makes perfect sense!

Boiled sprouts with cream of cabbage, topped with chocolate sauce.

Yumm.

There's plenty of recipes around for sprout cake

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chrisonatrike replied to swldxer | 1 year ago
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swldxer wrote:

It's just "deserts" or did you mean jelly and cream?

*escalation of pedantry* Shurely "It's 'just deserts' or did you mean ..." - it being the concept of desert rather than the very dry places.

Alternatively eburtthebike was sarcastically suggesting rewarding the motorist - possibly with some sand cake?

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eburtthebike replied to swldxer | 1 year ago
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swldxer wrote:

It's just "deserts" or did you mean jelly and cream?

Damn, hoist with my own petard.  Well spotted.

In this case, I think spotted dick rather more appropriate; in the Gobi.

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belugabob replied to eburtthebike | 1 year ago
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Good old English language - pronounce it one way, but spell it another

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grOg replied to belugabob | 1 year ago
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and there are words that are spelt the same but pronounced differently..

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chrisonatrike replied to eburtthebike | 1 year ago
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eburtthebike wrote:
swldxer wrote:

It's just "deserts" or did you mean jelly and cream?

Damn, hoist with my own petard.  Well spotted.

In this case, I think spotted dick rather more appropriate; in the Gobi.

Hoist with your own pets de nonne? (The French can hold their own with any nation in bizarre food names). Although for this chap prison gruel might cool his passions quicker.

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ktache replied to chrisonatrike | 1 year ago
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Just the concept of a French doughnut, I'm imagining sweet, light, fluffy, deep fried.

Ohhhh...

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chrisonatrike replied to ktache | 1 year ago
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ktache wrote:

Just the concept of a French doughnut, I'm imagining sweet, light, fluffy, deep fried.

Ohhhh...

Mais oui, but there are plenty more, this being French cuisine.  Did someone say beignet?

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