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London bikejackings: e-bike rider films moment would-be thief sprinted at him (+ video)

Incident happened on popular cycle route between Bloomsbury and Gray’s Inn Road

A ​London e-bike rider has filmed the moment a suspected bikejacker sprinted towards him on a popular cycle route in central London.

Facebook user Nicky Hill posted footage of the incident to the group E-Bikes UK, and said: “So just a little heads up for people. This happened today while travelling through King’s Cross area in London.

“I saw a guy running at me from the side so I was prepared. There was actually two of them as I saw after. Clearly going to try and steal the bike, luckily I got away!

“But just a warning or reminder that we are a target. Please be vigilant. He actually did push me but didn’t topple me so I carried on going.”

The incident happened on Regent Square, WC1 which forms part of a popular route for cyclists, linking the protected cycleways from Tottenham Court Road along Torrington Place and Tavistock Place to Cycleway 6 at the junction with Gray’s Inn Road, the location where the footage ends.

In replies to people commenting on the video, Mr Hill said that he takes the same route every day on his commute and suspects that the two would-be thieves had spotted him riding through there before and deliberately targeted him.

“I will go a different route from now as this was part of my daily commute. Possibly been watching me come past and was ready,” he said.

The bike he was riding was a Specialized Levo SL Comp Carbon, and he added in another reply: “The motor was kicking in and out to be honest so was lucky. I think by looking at it closer yes maybe they’ve been watching as who would run out like that for any old bike?

“Had traffic in front also so had to travel wrong side of road to get away!”

In the past year we’ve reported on a number of bikejackings here on, including a series of incidents happening last autumn in London’s Richmond Park perpetrated by muggers riding mopeds and carrying machetes.

> Youth arrested in connection with Richmond Park bikejackings as local MP raises concerns over policing levels

There have also been numerous cases of cyclists being mugged for their bikes while riding on canal towpaths in Birmingham and the surrounding area.

> Police hunt balaclava-wearing mugger who pushed cyclist into Birmingham canal in attempted bikejacking

The latest incident taking place on what is a relatively quiet stretch, in terms of pedestrian footfall, of a well-used cycle route does give rise to concern, however, hence Mr Hill’s advice to other cyclists to remain vigilant.

He added that he had passed the footage onto the Metropolitan Police, saying he did so because "This could be someone not as fortunate as I was. They’ll obviously do it again or have done in the past.”

Simon joined 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.

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Flintshire Boy replied to lukei1 | 2 years ago

Continued riding poorly long after clearing the danger.

Would be quite natural to stop - not to go hell-for-leather trying to top yourself.

JustTryingToGet... replied to Flintshire Boy | 2 years ago

I think, if my adrenaline response allowed it, I'd be looking to put as much distance as possible between me and the attacker (plus potential mates) in as short a time as possible. I certainly would hope that I wouldn't stop, that just gives them a second go.

Captain Badger replied to Flintshire Boy | 2 years ago
Flintshire Boy wrote:

Continued riding poorly long after clearing the danger.

Would be quite natural to stop - not to go hell-for-leather trying to top yourself.

Yes, I always stop as soon as I have been attacked, especially with my back to the assailent....

Hirsute replied to Flintshire Boy | 2 years ago

Of course you know the danger had been cleared because...
Spidey senses?

deanimate replied to Flintshire Boy | 2 years ago
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You are doing a top job of being stupid. Have a think on that please.

Boopop replied to Secret_squirrel | 2 years ago

Yes, it is shock, give the poor guy a break. What did you expect him to do, stop within running distance of the would-be thief to have a breather so the bike is stolen anyway? Fight or flight response is a thing, as is the flush of adrenaline it brings. Nicky made the might decision given the circumstances (flight), sure his riding after the fact could have been better (riding the wrong side of the road), but I would not dream of holding that against someone who'd just been through that experience.

marmotte27 replied to Secret_squirrel | 2 years ago
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F... me, how callous can you be?

chestertdp replied to Secret_squirrel | 2 years ago

What? That's great evasive riding. A dose of a 2 foot, 2kg Hiplok would do a reset on the mugger too. 


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