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Tony Blackburn responds to latest Jeremy Vine cycling video, says he was "nearly knocked down by a cyclist" while using crossing

The veteran DJ said his "near miss" happened as he crossed the road towards the BBC's New Broadcasting House...

Tony Blackburn took to social media this weekend to report being "nearly knocked down by a cyclist" as he crossed the road outside the BBC's New Broadcasting House premises in Manchester.

Replying to fellow BBC colleague Jeremy Vine, Blackburn said the "near miss" was "not good" and happened as he used a crossing, the cyclist apparently "didn't bother to stop when I was half way across it".

The reply came in response to Vine sharing another of his London cycling-related videos on Twitter, this time analysing a must get in front (MGIF) overtake from a van driver approaching a red light, before some heated arguing from the driver involved and the one following.

Vine speculated the driver is "probably a nice guy, and just needs to think a bit more about his fellow road users" but the "guy behind him in the van — not so much".

 Since the broadcaster shared the video, Orkid Life, the "integrated facility management support service" provider whose branded van the driver is in, has been flooded with one-star Google reviews.

But, while the video has been viewed almost a million times, at the time of writing, in just the latest example of the social media attention Vine's cycling posts garner, Blackburn responded with a reply about a near miss of his own.

"I don't have video evidence but I have to report that on the crossing outside New Broadcasting house I was nearly knocked down by a cyclist yesterday as I was crossing, he didn't bother to stop when I was half way across it. A near miss, not good," the veteran radio personality said.

Vine responded to his BBC colleague: "Thank God you are ok. Best wishes."

Detective Chief Superintendent Andy Cox, a leading figure in road safety, also joined the conversation around Vine's video, saying: "Imagine doing this in a queue at the cinema or supermarket… You wouldn't do it right?! So why do impatient drivers do so? It's rude, increases danger, and at best you will save just a few seconds. Essentially zero gain to look very silly, obnoxious and put others at risk."

In May, Blackburn called for RideLondon to be replaced by an "event for car owners" – because "there are more of us and we pay to go on the roads" only to insist two days later that the "joke" was not a serious suggestion.

"This idea of a car day in London was meant to be a joke but people didn't seem to get that I was joking," he said. "Obviously a car day in London would bring everything to a halt."

Dan joined road.cc in 2020, and spent most of his first year (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. At the start of 2022 he took on the role of news editor. Before joining road.cc, Dan wrote about various sports, including football and boxing for the Daily Express, and covered the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for The Non-League Paper. Part of the generation inspired by the 2012 Olympics, Dan has been 'enjoying' life on two wheels ever since and spends his weekends making bonk-induced trips to the petrol stations of the south of England.

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Velophaart_95 | 9 months ago
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Jeremy Vine in yet another 'event'. Has he ever thought about getting some training? I'm reminded of the advice to 'make an event, a non-event'. He seems to take the opposite......

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Fifth Gear replied to Velophaart_95 | 9 months ago
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The advice to ignore drivers who endanger cyclists and pretend these are "non-events" is of couse a very popular one with those very drivers who want to preserve the motor-centric status quo.

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perce | 9 months ago
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Well. Who would have though veteran DJ and failed pop singer Tony Blackburn would have started such a heated debate

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Vo2Maxi replied to perce | 9 months ago
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And why would he?
Pray, tell?
I imagine in his life he has achieved far, far more than you or I ever will. He's an iconic broadcaster and been that for 60 years or so, still going.
He's not a "hater" as far as I'm aware, unless you have evidence to the contrary?

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perce replied to Vo2Maxi | 9 months ago
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Why would he what? What are we talking about again?

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Vo2Maxi replied to perce | 9 months ago
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You said:
"Well. Who would have though veteran DJ and failed pop singer Tony Blackburn would have started such a heated debate".
Seems pointed, no?
Correct me if I am wrong.

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perce replied to Vo2Maxi | 9 months ago
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I only came on here because I felt left out with you shouting at everyone else. You're not cross with me are you?

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perce replied to Vo2Maxi | 9 months ago
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Did I say that? I don't remember saying that. Are you sure?

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Simon E replied to Vo2Maxi | 9 months ago
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Vo2Maxi wrote:

He's an iconic broadcaster and been that for 60 years or so, still going.

That doesn't stop him being a dickhead or making ill-informed comments.

We've had plenty of idiotic stuff from TV, acting and sporting celebs over the years and that's before we even start on the famous wife-beaters, paedos and so on... Jimmy Saville 'achieved' far more than I ever will* but he's not someone I could ever respect or admire.

* though it also depends on how you measure success

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perce replied to Simon E | 9 months ago
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And he was never iconic. Just because you get old it doesn't give you icon status.

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Vo2Maxi | 9 months ago
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I wonder if Vine posts up the occasions when he's "taken the lane out of principle" and blocked other roadusers, and then before he gets there the light goes green and they could have got through but for him? No, of course not. It's selective reporting, a sense of entitlement and "I'm always right", which is a similar attitude to many BBC journalists and news producers. How unsurprising.
I ride to the left according to conditions, not in the gutter I might add, I anticipate when I'll want to move out and I'll signal, look, and do so. I ride assertively. 99% of drivers respect that and it works for me.
It could work for Vine if he wasn't virtue-signalling all the time.

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Sniffer replied to Vo2Maxi | 9 months ago
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So you don't like Jeremy Vine.  Got that.

What do you think of Sadiq Khan and Cycling Mikey?

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Vo2Maxi | 9 months ago
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If someone blasts past me unnecessarily while I'm on my bike, I'll smile sweetly and wink at them as we both wait for green. And if they've done it dangerously I'll take them to task over it.
But all this lecturing rubbish does no one any good. It just creates tribalism which is corrosive.

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HoldingOn replied to Vo2Maxi | 9 months ago
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Vo2Maxi wrote:

If someone blasts past me unnecessarily while I'm on my bike, I'll smile sweetly and wink at them as we both wait for green. And if they've done it dangerously I'll take them to task over it. But all this lecturing rubbish does no one any good. It just creates tribalism which is corrosive.

How do you "take them to task" if not by "lecturing" them?
Keen to know, as I would love a way of remonstrating with dangerous passers that works.

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Vo2Maxi replied to HoldingOn | 9 months ago
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You're another one who can't read.
This is about UNNECESSARILY LECTURING PEOPLE.
Vine is riding down the road, imposing his will on other roadusers. My comment about drivers sitting in the RH lane on a motorway sums it up perfectly.
Yes of course, AS I HAVE SAID, if someone cuts me up or endangers me, I will shout at them. Just as I'll shout at a cyclist who rides across me as I walk across a pedestrian crossing.
The sooner *some of the entitled idiots* (not all) on these boards and elsewhere put their hands up to bad behaviour from *some* cyclists, the quicker they'll be seen as credibly defending their rights.
The fact that some on here are conflating their road experiences with "racism" says it all.

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hawkinspeter replied to Vo2Maxi | 9 months ago
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Vo2Maxi wrote:

You're another one who can't read. This is about UNNECESSARILY LECTURING PEOPLE. Vine is riding down the road, imposing his will on other roadusers. My comment about drivers sitting in the RH lane on a motorway sums it up perfectly. Yes of course, AS I HAVE SAID, if someone cuts me up or endangers me, I will shout at them. Just as I'll shout at a cyclist who rides across me as I walk across a pedestrian crossing. The sooner *some of the entitled idiots* (not all) on these boards and elsewhere put their hands up to bad behaviour from *some* cyclists, the quicker they'll be seen as credibly defending their rights. The fact that some on here are conflating their road experiences with "racism" says it all.

Ooooh - breaking out the CAPITALS now. Are you getting shouty?

Incidentally, I believe you brought up the whole racism topic by your use of the word "woke" - I expect you actually meant to use a different expression, but you don't seem to be able to express yourself very well.

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Vo2Maxi replied to hawkinspeter | 9 months ago
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Well, because you're a bit thick?

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Vo2Maxi replied to hawkinspeter | 9 months ago
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And woke isn't just about racism. Is it? Is it?
It's a delusional mindset which has far outstripped a desire for rights, be that on the road or anywhere else, it's become a constant drone of brattish entitlement .

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brooksby replied to Vo2Maxi | 9 months ago
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Vo2Maxi wrote:

And woke isn't just about racism. Is it? Is it? It's a delusional mindset which has far outstripped a desire for rights, be that on the road or anywhere else, it's become a constant drone of brattish entitlement .

https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/woke-meaning-origin#:~:tex....

Merriam-Webster wrote:

Woke is now defined in this dictionary as “aware of and actively attentive to important facts and issues (especially issues of racial and social justice),” and identified as U.S. slang. It originated in African American English and gained more widespread use beginning in 2014 as part of the Black Lives Matter movement. By the end of that same decade it was also being applied by some as a general pejorative for anyone who is or appears to be politically left-leaning.

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Vo2Maxi replied to brooksby | 9 months ago
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Especially. Not exclusively. And this has now been "rolled out" to cover other so called causes. You even see it in this thread, with the cyclist's plight being directly compared with racism. QED I believe?
The problem is, when you politicise issues unnecessarily, you immediately turn off a lot of potential sympathisers. Road safety isn't politics. And it goes both ways, you want people to respect YOU on the road, therefore you must extend the same courtesy.
Perfect case in point here, a cyclist has illegally and potentially dangerously crossed in front of Blackburn's path on a crossing, yet I don't think there's even one person empathising with him?
When you do that you've instantly lost the argument.
A lot of people need to grow up I think.

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brooksby replied to Vo2Maxi | 9 months ago
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Vo2Maxi wrote:

Perfect case in point here, a cyclist has illegally and potentially dangerously crossed in front of Blackburn's path on a crossing

To be fair, what we have is "Blackburn says that a cyclist has illegally and potentially dangerously crossed in front of his path on a crossing".

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HoldingOn replied to Vo2Maxi | 9 months ago
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Apologies - I clearly can't read. I thought you were saying that lecturing does no one any good. I took that to mean you had devised some other means of conveying your message to people.

You'll note I didn't say "dangerous drivers" as just yesterday road.cc had a story of a dangerous pass by a group of cyclists.

You shout at someone who cuts you up or endangers you, but you know if won't do any good. Is it a cathartic exercise for you?

 

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Vo2Maxi replied to HoldingOn | 9 months ago
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Depends on your definition of lecturing. I've clearly specified my definition, which is unnecessarily enforcing your will on other roadusers for no other reason than to "teach them a lesson". That's what Vine does. Maybe you too?
I've also said I stick up for myself when I've actually been endangered, or I see dangerous driving. People who aren't naturally inclined to sympathise with cyclists, or simply "don't understand" because they don't ride a bike, are far more likely to sympathise with that, than being stick behind someone riding down the middle of the road for apparently no good reason.

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HoldingOn replied to Vo2Maxi | 9 months ago
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ahhh I think I get it now.

You can lecture another road user if its necessary. If you think a driver has endangered you, for instance.

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Hirsute replied to HoldingOn | 9 months ago
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But what if you ride primary at a pinch point to try and stop a dangerous overtake but they think you are riding in the middle of the road for no reason?
I'm sure the conversation will go well as we have seen so many times before.
Reminds of the Merc driver at the beginning of the month who told me the close pass was ok because she didn't hit me.

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HoldingOn replied to Hirsute | 9 months ago
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I am rewatching the video, attempting to put myself into the same position.
Cycling alongside a bus. Van close passes me (I would have submitted that to OpSnap as none of the van wheels appear to cross out of the lane, despite the outer lane being clear) then the van pulls in in front of me and crosses into the lane I might have tried to use to avoid him - although I would have been very aware of the massive bus that was in that lane just seconds before.

Yeah - I wouldn't have felt safe in that situation, but I have said before I am not a confident cyclist.

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Vo2Maxi replied to HoldingOn | 9 months ago
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If Vine hadn't been riding unnecessarily alongside the bus, making a point, blocking any attempts to pass the bus then he wouldn't have increased his chance of being inappropriately overtaken.
Now you will call that victim blaming or gaslighting, I'd call it common bloody sense.
The van driver is being a twat making his point, just like Vine.
Anyway, have you given your opinion on Blackburn's crossing experience yet?

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HoldingOn replied to Vo2Maxi | 9 months ago
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Vo2Maxi wrote:

If Vine hadn't been riding unnecessarily alongside the bus, making a point, blocking any attempts to pass the bus then he wouldn't have increased his chance of being inappropriately overtaken. Now you will call that victim blaming or gaslighting, I'd call it common bloody sense. The van driver is being a twat making his point, just like Vine. Anyway, have you given your opinion on Blackburn's crossing experience yet?

Ahhh - okay. I'm slowly getting there. Cyclists aren't allowed to overtake a bus. They are also not allowed to attempt to keep themselves safe by discouraging someone from attempting to squeeze past them, while overtaking a bus. Wait - is that all cyclists or just in London?

No - I wouldn't call that victim blaming or gaslighting. I'm not entirely sure what gaslighting is. I feel I spend a lot of time on here looking up phrases and abbreviations to gain some understanding. I struggle with the nuances of internet commenting. For instance - Mr Blackburn has previously made a comment that he then said was a joke, so I am unsure when he is being serious or not. I didn't get the punchline the first time round, so I am waiting to see if there is a punchline with this comment.
Happy to make comment on road users illegally crossing zebra crossings and putting pedestrians at risk, if that is okay? It is illegal as soon as a pedestrian foot touches the crossing. It is rude to continue when a pedestrian indicates their intention to use the crossing, but, as when in a car, there is not always sufficient stopping distance when a pedestrian first moves towards a crossing.

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grOg replied to HoldingOn | 9 months ago
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Vehicle operators have to give way to a pedestrian using a pedestrian crossing, but it's not illegal to go across a crossing as soon as a pedestrian foot touches a crossing.

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HoldingOn replied to grOg | 9 months ago
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grOg wrote:

Vehicle operators have to give way to a pedestrian using a pedestrian crossing, but it's not illegal to go across a crossing as soon as a pedestrian foot touches a crossing.

One of those nuances of internet commenting I am still getting to grips with. I meant in the UK it is illegal as soon as a pedestrian foot touches the crossing, which is my interpretation of Highway Code Rule 195:

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Rule 195

Zebra and parallel crossings. As you approach a zebra crossing

  • look out for pedestrians waiting to cross and be ready to slow down or stop to let them cross
  • you should give way to pedestrians waiting to cross
  • you MUST give way when a pedestrian has moved onto a crossing
  • allow more time for stopping on wet or icy roads

(I have put the relevant line in bold)

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