A video of a driver aiming a kick at a cyclist, missing, and falling on his backside has gone viral on Twitter, with more than 40,000 views on the social network within the first three hours of being posted.
In his post, cyclist Alan Myles said that he had spotted a motorist using a mobile phone at the wheel, and when he stopped and knocked on the window, the driver of the vehicle behind got out and tried to kick him.
Recorded a phone driver this morning. Driver BEHIND, get so angry about me "touchin' the mota" (knocking on the window) that he gets out and does this. Classic of the genre. Phone driver reported. @roadcc @markandcharlie @MikeyCycling pic.twitter.com/EQ2FAFvCHN
— Alan Myles (@AlanMyles8) March 29, 2022
“I seem to attract older men with a penchant for attempting violence that is beyond their competence,” Alan told road.cc, referring to a video filmed in Yorkshire that we featured last year in which he was punched on the shoulder and helmet by a driver whom police subsequently told to “engage with anger management” through a community resolution process.
Talking about the latest incident, which happened in Lennoxtown, East Dunbartonshire this morning, he said: “Cycling to work having ridden to school with the kids, the first driver nearly pulls into me whilst his using his phone on his lap.
“I circled round, had a quick chat and the driver opened his door onto my bike and knocked my Garmin off.
“I only noticed as i rolled away so doubled back again, picked it up and the ‘kicker’ got out and well ... we know the rest,” he added.
We weren’t the only people who, on viewing Alan’s video, drew an immediate comparison with the infamous ‘Clown takes a pratfall’ video posted to YouTube in 2015, which has racked up nearly 10 million views on the video-sharing website.
The first thing I thought of 😂
— Crossing The Danny (@JayDown9) March 29, 2022
Others likened the motorist’s kicking style to a can-can dancer, or Liverpool captain Steven Gerrard’s infamous air kick against West Ham United in 2008.
How i wish I was more adept at photo/movie manipulation.. needs cutting and pasting onto the can can .. or can't can't in his case XD pic.twitter.com/FU56obl8RX
— For Pete's sake!! (@PeteLittle1970) March 29, 2022
— Matteo Richanelli (@richgwy2) March 29, 2022
Alan confirmed that he had reported the mobile phone-using driver to the police, but some viewers urged him also to report the motorist who had attempted to kick him.
Yes good public order offence, needs dealing with, clearly has issues 👍
— Mark Hodson (@markandcharlie) March 29, 2022
Simon joined road.cc 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.