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Video: Passenger gets out of car to confront cyclist for riding in primary position (includes swearing)

Would the angry passenger have hurled abuse at the driver of the Audi in front of the cyclist? We doubt it

A ​cyclist in Surrey has filmed the moment a passenger got out of a car to confront her because she was riding in primary position – however, police have said they will not be investigating the incident.

The rider, named Katherine, filmed the incident on her way home from work in Esher on the evening of Thursday 4 November.

She told “I reported the incident to the police, who recently contacted me to let me know they would not be investigating the incident further, meaning the men in the video will not receive any communication from the police, as confirmed by the officer I spoke to.

“While I find that extremely frustrating, considering the stress and anxiety the men put me through, I would at least like to share the video so other cyclists in the Surrey area may be a bit more wary should they come across these men,” she added.

There’s one specific aspect of the video that underlines how some road users single out cyclists for abuse – namely, that even if there had been no-one on a bike on the road in question, the vehicle and its occupants would not have got through the junction any quicker, due to the Audi in front of them.

Would the passenger have got out of the car to give the driver of that vehicle a piece of his mind? Somehow we doubt it, and Katherine agreed.

“Exactly, had they succeeded in overtaking me on that road, they would still have been stuck behind the other car,” she said.

"The police officer told me the car I reported is registered in Walton on Thames, so the odds of coming across them are reasonably high, considering I have a few colleagues travelling from that area to Esher.

“However, the officer insisted the ongoing risk to me is low so they would not be speaking to these men.

“So now, these men have gone on thinking what they did is acceptable and will probably do the same or worse to another cyclist. But ‘the police don't operate under what if statements’, or so I was told.”


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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