VIDEO: Cyclist films fellow pedallers' bad behaviour on helmet cam

Footage of cyclists on York's roads shows cyclists running red lights and riding the wrong way down one-way streets

Footage of cyclists on York's roads shows cyclists running red lights and riding the wrong way down one-way streets

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A CYCLIST has become so fed up of his fellow pedallers’ bad behaviour on York’s roads that he has produced a video exposing their misdemeanours.

The film, which he has posted on Youtube, shows cyclists going through red traffic lights at a series of junctions and riding the wrong way along one-way streets.

Some are shown cycling without either hand on the handlebars and speaking on their mobile phones while pedalling along, while one is filmed narrowly avoiding being knocked off his bike when a car starts to turn left as he is overtaking on the inside.

But the most startling images involve a man who removes his jacket while cycling along Holgate Road and then tumbles to the ground, with the bike on top of him, after the jacket apparently becomes caught in the front wheel.

The man who took the film with a camera in his helmet, and does not wish to be identified, said the footage was obtained over three weeks as he was commuting in and out of the city centre.

He said he had been cycling in York for 30 years and had become increasingly concerned about the reckless behaviour of some cyclists.

“I am tired of watching cyclists breaking the rules of the Highway Code and endangering not only themselves but other road users,” he said.

He revealed that the film was only the first episode and he would be creating more, not just about bad cycling but also bad behaviour by motorists and even pedestrians. He added that the man who fell off his bike got up, apparently uninjured.

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1:14pm Wed 9 Apr 14

greenfinger says...

That final clip makes me cringe then laugh out loud, what an idiot. Seriously tho he could have been squashed if someone driving behind was doing something equally as silly like texting or something.
That final clip makes me cringe then laugh out loud, what an idiot. Seriously tho he could have been squashed if someone driving behind was doing something equally as silly like texting or something. greenfinger
  • Score: 0

2:21pm Wed 9 Apr 14

charliebrown1 says...

bloody idiot - hes lucky he wasnt hurted badly
bloody idiot - hes lucky he wasnt hurted badly charliebrown1
  • Score: -4

4:05pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Ally F says...

2:32 "F****** indicate first!" Good point; the Saab driver was cutting across a cycle lane without signalling intent. The cyclist was not anticipating or riding defensively, but the fault would have been with the driver.

2:41 'FACE PLANT!' That's a hard lesson to learn.
2:32 "F****** indicate first!" Good point; the Saab driver was cutting across a cycle lane without signalling intent. The cyclist was not anticipating or riding defensively, but the fault would have been with the driver. 2:41 'FACE PLANT!' That's a hard lesson to learn. Ally F
  • Score: 1

6:42pm Wed 9 Apr 14

loan_star says...

Its about time cyclists got the same attention from the police that car drivers do.
Its about time cyclists got the same attention from the police that car drivers do. loan_star
  • Score: 1

7:21pm Wed 9 Apr 14

johnny_p says...

More inflammatory stuff from the cyclist-hating Echo.

Whilst there are obviously some (not all) bad cyclists, perhaps instead we could have a video of car drivers behaving badly. After all it's car drivers who kill and injure thousands every year and cyclists who don't.
More inflammatory stuff from the cyclist-hating Echo. Whilst there are obviously some (not all) bad cyclists, perhaps instead we could have a video of car drivers behaving badly. After all it's car drivers who kill and injure thousands every year and cyclists who don't. johnny_p
  • Score: 2

11:20pm Wed 9 Apr 14

tomtopper says...

I can't believe that one can go out and cycle on any kind of road, stuffed with all sorts of hazards, sharing the same lanes as big, heavy vehicles all without the slightest modicum of training... Unless something's done, it'll get worse before it gets better..
I can't believe that one can go out and cycle on any kind of road, stuffed with all sorts of hazards, sharing the same lanes as big, heavy vehicles all without the slightest modicum of training... Unless something's done, it'll get worse before it gets better.. tomtopper
  • Score: 0

2:23am Thu 10 Apr 14

grandmab says...

You have to pass a written, eye and road test to obtain a license to drive a car or ride a motorcycle. You must also carry insurance A bicycle is also a wheeled vehicle under the law. Why are they exempt from proper licensing and insurance? Proper training and licensing standards would prevent many of the cycle collisions. All the infrastructure in the world will not prevent lack of knowledge and skill from killing cyclists. I would like to be protected from incompetent riders and to have recourse when they damage me or my car. The one that really shocked me was a cyclist riding with a high vis vest with DEAF in huge letters across the back. I wonder if he would have been allowed on the road in a car or on a motorcycle with that disability?
You have to pass a written, eye and road test to obtain a license to drive a car or ride a motorcycle. You must also carry insurance A bicycle is also a wheeled vehicle under the law. Why are they exempt from proper licensing and insurance? Proper training and licensing standards would prevent many of the cycle collisions. All the infrastructure in the world will not prevent lack of knowledge and skill from killing cyclists. I would like to be protected from incompetent riders and to have recourse when they damage me or my car. The one that really shocked me was a cyclist riding with a high vis vest with DEAF in huge letters across the back. I wonder if he would have been allowed on the road in a car or on a motorcycle with that disability? grandmab
  • Score: -11

6:50am Thu 10 Apr 14

greenfinger says...

that would stop children using them probably grandmab therefore would never move forward. Id guess that more than half the bikes sold are children's bikes. You know what people are like, they'd ride a kids bike to save money, besides some kids are bigger than me these days.
that would stop children using them probably grandmab therefore would never move forward. Id guess that more than half the bikes sold are children's bikes. You know what people are like, they'd ride a kids bike to save money, besides some kids are bigger than me these days. greenfinger
  • Score: 8

10:49pm Thu 10 Apr 14

tomtopper says...

Hypothetically, someone who couldn't ride a bike without stabilisers and with zero highway code knowledge can legally whizz around city centre main roads and 'national' roads to his/hers hearts content... But I think the bigger problem lies with those 'geared up' aggressive and arrogant cyclists whom demand road space and often put themselves deliberately in a dangerous predicament to prove a point ...
Hypothetically, someone who couldn't ride a bike without stabilisers and with zero highway code knowledge can legally whizz around city centre main roads and 'national' roads to his/hers hearts content... But I think the bigger problem lies with those 'geared up' aggressive and arrogant cyclists whom demand road space and often put themselves deliberately in a dangerous predicament to prove a point ... tomtopper
  • Score: -4

10:20am Fri 11 Apr 14

johnny_p says...

Tom- cyclists are little more than pedestrians. These posts have nothing to do with the 'hazards that cycling presents' but are simply fuelled by people who just don't like cyclists. You simply wouldn't see comments like these in Dutch, German or Danish newspapers.

Admittedly, whist being a passionate cyclist myself I do get annoyed by some of the lycra clad nouveau riche racers who have a certain arrogance about them in their new found activity. It's become a bit like golf. But they're not going to hurt anyone and nor are they causing more congestion by using their car. So look on the bright side next time they filter past you at traffic lights!

In the video above who cares if a cyclist goes the 'wrong way' down a one way street? It's legal in countries like Germany. And the riders on the pavement are hardly racing down weaving between pedestrians.

Let's make a big issue of this when the first person in The Echo is killed or maimed by a cyclist. It won't happen, but even if it does they'll be a thousand people killed and maimed by motorised vehicles first.
Tom- cyclists are little more than pedestrians. These posts have nothing to do with the 'hazards that cycling presents' but are simply fuelled by people who just don't like cyclists. You simply wouldn't see comments like these in Dutch, German or Danish newspapers. Admittedly, whist being a passionate cyclist myself I do get annoyed by some of the lycra clad nouveau riche racers who have a certain arrogance about them in their new found activity. It's become a bit like golf. But they're not going to hurt anyone and nor are they causing more congestion by using their car. So look on the bright side next time they filter past you at traffic lights! In the video above who cares if a cyclist goes the 'wrong way' down a one way street? It's legal in countries like Germany. And the riders on the pavement are hardly racing down weaving between pedestrians. Let's make a big issue of this when the first person in The Echo is killed or maimed by a cyclist. It won't happen, but even if it does they'll be a thousand people killed and maimed by motorised vehicles first. johnny_p
  • Score: 12

12:32pm Fri 11 Apr 14

bones26 says...

cyclists should be made to have insurance and a license while using the roads ,and given points on there license the same as other road users .if a cyclist crashes anything causing damage who do you claim off
cyclists should be made to have insurance and a license while using the roads ,and given points on there license the same as other road users .if a cyclist crashes anything causing damage who do you claim off bones26
  • Score: -7

12:44pm Fri 11 Apr 14

johnny_p says...

bones26 wrote:
cyclists should be made to have insurance and a license while using the roads ,and given points on there license the same as other road users .if a cyclist crashes anything causing damage who do you claim off
So expand on this? I guess you mean that even little children need to pass a test and have insurance? And pedestrians as well? After all, they're road users.

Sorry to disappoint you but this is never going to happen.
[quote][p][bold]bones26[/bold] wrote: cyclists should be made to have insurance and a license while using the roads ,and given points on there license the same as other road users .if a cyclist crashes anything causing damage who do you claim off[/p][/quote]So expand on this? I guess you mean that even little children need to pass a test and have insurance? And pedestrians as well? After all, they're road users. Sorry to disappoint you but this is never going to happen. johnny_p
  • Score: 10

3:30pm Fri 11 Apr 14

jps101 says...

bones26 wrote:
cyclists should be made to have insurance and a license while using the roads ,and given points on there license the same as other road users .if a cyclist crashes anything causing damage who do you claim off
If a cyclist crashes into anything with enough force to cause damage the cyclist will have come off a lot worse, what you keep forgetting is cyclists have nothing around them to protect them unlike drivers.
Its in the cyclists own interests not to crash into anything they'll always come off a lot worse.
The majority that have had crashes are no longer alive to claim off anyway!
[quote][p][bold]bones26[/bold] wrote: cyclists should be made to have insurance and a license while using the roads ,and given points on there license the same as other road users .if a cyclist crashes anything causing damage who do you claim off[/p][/quote]If a cyclist crashes into anything with enough force to cause damage the cyclist will have come off a lot worse, what you keep forgetting is cyclists have nothing around them to protect them unlike drivers. Its in the cyclists own interests not to crash into anything they'll always come off a lot worse. The majority that have had crashes are no longer alive to claim off anyway! jps101
  • Score: 11

3:54pm Fri 11 Apr 14

jps101 says...

I'm a cyclist but I'm also a driver.
I don't like the way some people tar everyone with the same brush, there's good and bad drivers but nobody seems to want all drivers shackled by restrictions and penalties because of a few idiots why is that?

There are some bad cyclists I know, some don't seem to have any road sense at all, I dare bet they don't have driving licenses, they may not have even read the highway code as they're not forced to.
I've seen some who just seem to have a death wish, any cyclists that rides out of a junction o a red light is asking to be killed is as simple as that.

But please don't generalise some cyclists don't want be killed or seriously injured and do have a modicum of road sense.
I'm a cyclist but I'm also a driver. I don't like the way some people tar everyone with the same brush, there's good and bad drivers but nobody seems to want all drivers shackled by restrictions and penalties because of a few idiots why is that? There are some bad cyclists I know, some don't seem to have any road sense at all, I dare bet they don't have driving licenses, they may not have even read the highway code as they're not forced to. I've seen some who just seem to have a death wish, any cyclists that rides out of a junction o a red light is asking to be killed is as simple as that. But please don't generalise some cyclists don't want be killed or seriously injured and do have a modicum of road sense. jps101
  • Score: 8

4:23pm Fri 11 Apr 14

johnny_p says...

And with regard to the above video, where cyclists are witnessed cycling "the wrong way" down a one way street the government are now running trials to see if it should be made legal here too.

Google it!
And with regard to the above video, where cyclists are witnessed cycling "the wrong way" down a one way street the government are now running trials to see if it should be made legal here too. Google it! johnny_p
  • Score: 12

5:29pm Fri 11 Apr 14

David Lacey says...

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Cyclists = victims of bad driving.
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Pedestrians = victims of bad cycling.
http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 2534697/Cyclist-jail ed-knocking-girl-nin e-went-red-light-ped estrian-crossing-lea ving-head-injuries.h tml . http://www.dailymail .co.uk/news/article- 2541739/More-11-000- cyclists-caught-runn ing-red-lights-ridin g-pavements-just-one -year.html . Cyclists = victims of bad driving. . Pedestrians = victims of bad cycling. David Lacey
  • Score: -6

7:37pm Fri 11 Apr 14

theWorkerScum says...

The cycle rules are abused the same in Durham. I hate when they come at yer when u crossing a road and the traffic light is red, just wanna punch them.
The cycle rules are abused the same in Durham. I hate when they come at yer when u crossing a road and the traffic light is red, just wanna punch them. theWorkerScum
  • Score: -4

9:46am Sat 12 Apr 14

Jonn says...

When I was at junior school in the early 80's, we had to take part in a cycling proficiency test. To this day, the basic lessons I learned still stick with me so I know how to ride appropriately on the roads.
In Darlington as an example, I would say most cyclists haven't a clue about how to ride on the roads because they have never been taught basic road rules, like stopping at a red light or riding on the correct side of the road.
Just the other day, I saw a cyclist ride the whole length of Duke Street on the wrong side of the road, without a care in the world. When car drivers see cyclists behaving this way, all respect for all cyclists is lost.
A simple cycling proficiency test would make a massive difference to everyone.
When I was at junior school in the early 80's, we had to take part in a cycling proficiency test. To this day, the basic lessons I learned still stick with me so I know how to ride appropriately on the roads. In Darlington as an example, I would say most cyclists haven't a clue about how to ride on the roads because they have never been taught basic road rules, like stopping at a red light or riding on the correct side of the road. Just the other day, I saw a cyclist ride the whole length of Duke Street on the wrong side of the road, without a care in the world. When car drivers see cyclists behaving this way, all respect for all cyclists is lost. A simple cycling proficiency test would make a massive difference to everyone. Jonn
  • Score: -3

10:00am Sat 12 Apr 14

Lucy91 says...

The northern echo are always publishing articles about cyclists riding "badly".

Any chance they could show a video of cars being driven by idiots instead?
The northern echo are always publishing articles about cyclists riding "badly". Any chance they could show a video of cars being driven by idiots instead? Lucy91
  • Score: 6

10:19am Sat 12 Apr 14

tomtopper says...

Lucy91 wrote:
The northern echo are always publishing articles about cyclists riding "badly".

Any chance they could show a video of cars being driven by idiots instead?
Those jumping to the defence of cyclists must be guilty of bad behaviour themselves otherwise they'd be agreeing with the fellow cyclist who brought this to peoples attention and would welcome more coverage on bad riding practise..
[quote][p][bold]Lucy91[/bold] wrote: The northern echo are always publishing articles about cyclists riding "badly". Any chance they could show a video of cars being driven by idiots instead?[/p][/quote]Those jumping to the defence of cyclists must be guilty of bad behaviour themselves otherwise they'd be agreeing with the fellow cyclist who brought this to peoples attention and would welcome more coverage on bad riding practise.. tomtopper
  • Score: -7

12:20pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Jonn says...

Lucy91 wrote:
The northern echo are always publishing articles about cyclists riding "badly".

Any chance they could show a video of cars being driven by idiots instead?
Why don't you make a video yourself of cars being driven badly and approach the Echo about publishing it?
[quote][p][bold]Lucy91[/bold] wrote: The northern echo are always publishing articles about cyclists riding "badly". Any chance they could show a video of cars being driven by idiots instead?[/p][/quote]Why don't you make a video yourself of cars being driven badly and approach the Echo about publishing it? Jonn
  • Score: -2

2:14pm Sat 12 Apr 14

David Lacey says...

Well said Jonn.
Well said Jonn. David Lacey
  • Score: -6

5:05pm Sat 12 Apr 14

Lucy91 says...

Jonn wrote:
Lucy91 wrote:
The northern echo are always publishing articles about cyclists riding "badly".

Any chance they could show a video of cars being driven by idiots instead?
Why don't you make a video yourself of cars being driven badly and approach the Echo about publishing it?
This video wasn't "made for the northern echo"- there are masses of similar videos on youtube.There are also masses of videos made involving appalling driving.

Lets face it too, it would take a very long time to make a video like this- there are far too few cyclists never mind cyclists doing "dangerous" things.It would be very easy to film bad driving- it goes on all around us.
[quote][p][bold]Jonn[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Lucy91[/bold] wrote: The northern echo are always publishing articles about cyclists riding "badly". Any chance they could show a video of cars being driven by idiots instead?[/p][/quote]Why don't you make a video yourself of cars being driven badly and approach the Echo about publishing it?[/p][/quote]This video wasn't "made for the northern echo"- there are masses of similar videos on youtube.There are also masses of videos made involving appalling driving. Lets face it too, it would take a very long time to make a video like this- there are far too few cyclists never mind cyclists doing "dangerous" things.It would be very easy to film bad driving- it goes on all around us. Lucy91
  • Score: 7

11:12am Sun 13 Apr 14

miketually says...

Having just watched the video, there's very little in there which is particularly worrying or dangerous.

Most of the pavement cyclists are going slowly; they're essentially wheeled pedestrians by virtue of how and where they choose to ride. Most of the red light jumpers seems to be using their knowledge of the light sequences to avoid lengthy waits and do so carefully. The phone users are on off-road paths and travelling slowly.

Of the the two more serious-looking incidents, one is a car driver at fault left-hooking a cyclist after turning left without checking mirrors.
Having just watched the video, there's very little in there which is particularly worrying or dangerous. Most of the pavement cyclists are going slowly; they're essentially wheeled pedestrians by virtue of how and where they choose to ride. Most of the red light jumpers seems to be using their knowledge of the light sequences to avoid lengthy waits and do so carefully. The phone users are on off-road paths and travelling slowly. Of the the two more serious-looking incidents, one is a car driver at fault left-hooking a cyclist after turning left without checking mirrors. miketually
  • Score: 5

11:14am Sun 13 Apr 14

miketually says...

The user's YouTube channel has nine videos. Other than this one, and two which are short clips (one of which is dangerous driving) also featured in this one, it also contains one video showing a pedestrian walking in a cycle lane and five showing dangerous driving.

I look forward to the Echo running five stories on the dangerous driving videos.
The user's YouTube channel has nine videos. Other than this one, and two which are short clips (one of which is dangerous driving) also featured in this one, it also contains one video showing a pedestrian walking in a cycle lane and five showing dangerous driving. I look forward to the Echo running five stories on the dangerous driving videos. miketually
  • Score: 6

9:54pm Sun 13 Apr 14

tomtopper says...

miketually wrote:
Having just watched the video, there's very little in there which is particularly worrying or dangerous.

Most of the pavement cyclists are going slowly; they're essentially wheeled pedestrians by virtue of how and where they choose to ride. Most of the red light jumpers seems to be using their knowledge of the light sequences to avoid lengthy waits and do so carefully. The phone users are on off-road paths and travelling slowly.

Of the the two more serious-looking incidents, one is a car driver at fault left-hooking a cyclist after turning left without checking mirrors.
You must be one of those type of cyclists yourself ... Never,ever at fault in your own mind
[quote][p][bold]miketually[/bold] wrote: Having just watched the video, there's very little in there which is particularly worrying or dangerous. Most of the pavement cyclists are going slowly; they're essentially wheeled pedestrians by virtue of how and where they choose to ride. Most of the red light jumpers seems to be using their knowledge of the light sequences to avoid lengthy waits and do so carefully. The phone users are on off-road paths and travelling slowly. Of the the two more serious-looking incidents, one is a car driver at fault left-hooking a cyclist after turning left without checking mirrors.[/p][/quote]You must be one of those type of cyclists yourself ... Never,ever at fault in your own mind tomtopper
  • Score: -5

11:20am Mon 14 Apr 14

miketually says...

tomtopper wrote:
miketually wrote:
Having just watched the video, there's very little in there which is particularly worrying or dangerous.

Most of the pavement cyclists are going slowly; they're essentially wheeled pedestrians by virtue of how and where they choose to ride. Most of the red light jumpers seems to be using their knowledge of the light sequences to avoid lengthy waits and do so carefully. The phone users are on off-road paths and travelling slowly.

Of the the two more serious-looking incidents, one is a car driver at fault left-hooking a cyclist after turning left without checking mirrors.
You must be one of those type of cyclists yourself ... Never,ever at fault in your own mind
I occasionally ride on a short section of pavement to bypass a dangerous junction, yes.

The facts back up my view: cyclists very, very rarely hurt or injure anyone, while car drivers regularly and routinely do.

Drivers of motor vehicles also routinely exceed the speed limit, use mobile phones while driving, jump red lights, and drive onto pavements. They do this in 2 tonnes of metal and at 30+ mph, while cyclists do it on 10kg of metal at around 18mph.
[quote][p][bold]tomtopper[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]miketually[/bold] wrote: Having just watched the video, there's very little in there which is particularly worrying or dangerous. Most of the pavement cyclists are going slowly; they're essentially wheeled pedestrians by virtue of how and where they choose to ride. Most of the red light jumpers seems to be using their knowledge of the light sequences to avoid lengthy waits and do so carefully. The phone users are on off-road paths and travelling slowly. Of the the two more serious-looking incidents, one is a car driver at fault left-hooking a cyclist after turning left without checking mirrors.[/p][/quote]You must be one of those type of cyclists yourself ... Never,ever at fault in your own mind[/p][/quote]I occasionally ride on a short section of pavement to bypass a dangerous junction, yes. The facts back up my view: cyclists very, very rarely hurt or injure anyone, while car drivers regularly and routinely do. Drivers of motor vehicles also routinely exceed the speed limit, use mobile phones while driving, jump red lights, and drive onto pavements. They do this in 2 tonnes of metal and at 30+ mph, while cyclists do it on 10kg of metal at around 18mph. miketually
  • Score: 7

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