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Cyclist ‘pulled from bike and kicked’ after close pass in Gloucestershire

Incident happened in same area where family was verbally abused while cycling last month

Police in Gloucestershire have appealed for information after a cyclist was allegedly pulled from his bike and kicked by the occupants of a car whose driver had just made a close overtake on him.

The incident, which happened at around 12.55pm on Sunday 3 May, took place in the same area where a family was verbally abused while out for a bike ride last month.

According to the Gloucestershire Echo, police say that an altercation took place between the cyclist, a male aged 20, and the car’s occupants before he was pulled off his bike and kicked.

The incident, which happened near the Pilot Inn bridge in Hardwicke, around four miles south west of Gloucester, resulted in the cyclist sustaining unspecified injuries, although he declined medical treatment.

Police believe that the car involved was a Volkswagen Golf and say that the incident was watched by a number of people.

Anyone who has information is asked to call police on 101 quoting incident 161 of May 3.

Last month, Gloucestershire Live reported that a woman had posted on Facebook about an incident in which she said she and her family had been subjected to verbal abuse while cycling in the Hardwicke area.

“Find it very upsetting,” she wrote. “Whilst out on a family cycle ride in my local area. The verbal rude abuse.

“Even from a farmer in Hardwicke and another family. We are using our 1 hour of exercise doing something we enjoy. Following the government guidelines.

“Let’s all be nice to each other please,” she added.

That final sentiment was echoed yesterday by British Cycling and Cycling UK in a joint open letter published by the organisations yesterday which urged an “end [to] hostility towards cyclists.”

The letter was written following a number of incidents in recent weeks including signs being erected telling riders to stay away from villages, tacks being spread on the road and aggressive driving.

In its conclusion, the letter called on “the public to show tolerance, warmth and care towards the overwhelming majority who continue to do so.”

> End hostility towards cyclists urge British Cycling and Cycling UK

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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