Video shows cyclists' blunders in York

A still from a cyclists helmet camera.

A still from a cyclists helmet camera.

A still from a cyclists helmet camera.

A still from a cyclists helmet camera.

A still from a cyclists helmet camera.

A still from a cyclists helmet camera.

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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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3:46pm Wed 9 Apr 14

CynicaloldGit says...

Over to Pedalling Paul and Mr Userwood...looking forward to at least 3 weeks of slagging each other off................i
t does prove though how bad cyclist are, I didn't notice any motor vehicles committing and road offences.
Over to Pedalling Paul and Mr Userwood...looking forward to at least 3 weeks of slagging each other off................i t does prove though how bad cyclist are, I didn't notice any motor vehicles committing and road offences. CynicaloldGit
  • Score: 0

4:23pm Wed 9 Apr 14

BioLogic says...

CynicaloldGit wrote:
Over to Pedalling Paul and Mr Userwood...looking forward to at least 3 weeks of slagging each other off................i

t does prove though how bad cyclist are, I didn't notice any motor vehicles committing and road offences.
You didn't watch very hard then. The car turning into Bootham Row from Bootham is guilty of at very least Careless Driving for cutting up the cyclist on his inside who is in a marked cycle lane.
[quote][p][bold]CynicaloldGit[/bold] wrote: Over to Pedalling Paul and Mr Userwood...looking forward to at least 3 weeks of slagging each other off................i t does prove though how bad cyclist are, I didn't notice any motor vehicles committing and road offences.[/p][/quote]You didn't watch very hard then. The car turning into Bootham Row from Bootham is guilty of at very least Careless Driving for cutting up the cyclist on his inside who is in a marked cycle lane. BioLogic
  • Score: 1

4:41pm Wed 9 Apr 14

DrummieD says...

No motor vehicles committing road offences? Well the second most potentially life-threatening example there was the Saab turning left across the path of a cyclist having given NO indication it was doing so. This is ILLEGAL, the motorist was in the wrong and the cyclist was the injured party. Just because a vehicle on the road slows down this doesn't mean a cyclist in a 'protected' cycle lane has to do likewise, that would be a ludicrous situation. Maybe you didn't watch that bit, cynical, or perhaps you're seeing it from the motorists point of view.
What's the biggest difference between motorists & cyclists? Most motorists do not cycle whilst most cyclists do drive and therefore understand things better from both sides. Frankly about 70% of those examples of bad cycling were normal safe cycling actions, the remainder were stupid. The man in the yellow jacket needs to lighten up & get a life, better still aim his camera at the appallingly dangerous driving of the bus services using York's roads..
No motor vehicles committing road offences? Well the second most potentially life-threatening example there was the Saab turning left across the path of a cyclist having given NO indication it was doing so. This is ILLEGAL, the motorist was in the wrong and the cyclist was the injured party. Just because a vehicle on the road slows down this doesn't mean a cyclist in a 'protected' cycle lane has to do likewise, that would be a ludicrous situation. Maybe you didn't watch that bit, cynical, or perhaps you're seeing it from the motorists point of view. What's the biggest difference between motorists & cyclists? Most motorists do not cycle whilst most cyclists do drive and therefore understand things better from both sides. Frankly about 70% of those examples of bad cycling were normal safe cycling actions, the remainder were stupid. The man in the yellow jacket needs to lighten up & get a life, better still aim his camera at the appallingly dangerous driving of the bus services using York's roads.. DrummieD
  • Score: 0

4:50pm Wed 9 Apr 14

pip007 says...

BioLogic wrote:
CynicaloldGit wrote:
Over to Pedalling Paul and Mr Userwood...looking forward to at least 3 weeks of slagging each other off................i


t does prove though how bad cyclist are, I didn't notice any motor vehicles committing and road offences.
You didn't watch very hard then. The car turning into Bootham Row from Bootham is guilty of at very least Careless Driving for cutting up the cyclist on his inside who is in a marked cycle lane.
The car was already turning. The cyclist tries to cut through on the inside.
[quote][p][bold]BioLogic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CynicaloldGit[/bold] wrote: Over to Pedalling Paul and Mr Userwood...looking forward to at least 3 weeks of slagging each other off................i t does prove though how bad cyclist are, I didn't notice any motor vehicles committing and road offences.[/p][/quote]You didn't watch very hard then. The car turning into Bootham Row from Bootham is guilty of at very least Careless Driving for cutting up the cyclist on his inside who is in a marked cycle lane.[/p][/quote]The car was already turning. The cyclist tries to cut through on the inside. pip007
  • Score: 4

5:01pm Wed 9 Apr 14

pip007 says...

pip007 wrote:
BioLogic wrote:
CynicaloldGit wrote:
Over to Pedalling Paul and Mr Userwood...looking forward to at least 3 weeks of slagging each other off................i



t does prove though how bad cyclist are, I didn't notice any motor vehicles committing and road offences.
You didn't watch very hard then. The car turning into Bootham Row from Bootham is guilty of at very least Careless Driving for cutting up the cyclist on his inside who is in a marked cycle lane.
The car was already turning. The cyclist tries to cut through on the inside.
On closer inspection the car does appear to cut across in front of the cyclist. However, it is a legitimate left turn and the car is clearly signaling, so the cyclist should be aware and slow down - not just try to barrel though.
[quote][p][bold]pip007[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]BioLogic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CynicaloldGit[/bold] wrote: Over to Pedalling Paul and Mr Userwood...looking forward to at least 3 weeks of slagging each other off................i t does prove though how bad cyclist are, I didn't notice any motor vehicles committing and road offences.[/p][/quote]You didn't watch very hard then. The car turning into Bootham Row from Bootham is guilty of at very least Careless Driving for cutting up the cyclist on his inside who is in a marked cycle lane.[/p][/quote]The car was already turning. The cyclist tries to cut through on the inside.[/p][/quote]On closer inspection the car does appear to cut across in front of the cyclist. However, it is a legitimate left turn and the car is clearly signaling, so the cyclist should be aware and slow down - not just try to barrel though. pip007
  • Score: 6

5:14pm Wed 9 Apr 14

matroom says...

2 uses of the "F" word and not censored by the press. Tut-tut.
2 uses of the "F" word and not censored by the press. Tut-tut. matroom
  • Score: 4

5:43pm Wed 9 Apr 14

snugglebunny says...

Cycling rules! End of.
Lendal Bridge re open then get with it.
No better feeling than cutting up the inside in cues of traffic !
Soon be summer season and all those money bringing tourists and race goers.
Oh forgot- Park and Ride is the saviour for the car drivers.
Ha ha !
Cycling rules! End of. Lendal Bridge re open then get with it. No better feeling than cutting up the inside in cues of traffic ! Soon be summer season and all those money bringing tourists and race goers. Oh forgot- Park and Ride is the saviour for the car drivers. Ha ha ! snugglebunny
  • Score: -7

6:54pm Wed 9 Apr 14

DrummieD says...

cynical, the car has a brake light showing, it is not sigmalling. Pause it, do frame-by-frame, you'll see.
cynical, the car has a brake light showing, it is not sigmalling. Pause it, do frame-by-frame, you'll see. DrummieD
  • Score: 2

8:15pm Wed 9 Apr 14

yorkshirelad says...

Clearly this shows that there is poor road behaviour by all groups. But road offences and the consequences of them are many times higher for motor vehicles. Speeding offences alone probably dwarf all cycling offences many hundreds of times over. Hospital casualty departments will get very occasional injuries caused by a cyclist to someone else but a steady stream of people killed and seriously injured by cars.
Any attempt to imply that cyclists are equally as culpable as motorists or worse than motorists is simple prejudice and not born out by the facts such as casualty statistics or offences committed.
Red light offences are annoying but I reckon motorists run red lights more than cyclists now...with far higher consequences if they hit someone.
Clearly this shows that there is poor road behaviour by all groups. But road offences and the consequences of them are many times higher for motor vehicles. Speeding offences alone probably dwarf all cycling offences many hundreds of times over. Hospital casualty departments will get very occasional injuries caused by a cyclist to someone else but a steady stream of people killed and seriously injured by cars. Any attempt to imply that cyclists are equally as culpable as motorists or worse than motorists is simple prejudice and not born out by the facts such as casualty statistics or offences committed. Red light offences are annoying but I reckon motorists run red lights more than cyclists now...with far higher consequences if they hit someone. yorkshirelad
  • Score: 0

9:00pm Wed 9 Apr 14

PiHKAL says...

I had this arsehole shout "ONE WAY" at me when I jumped on my bike down coney street at 2am after finishing work to turn onto ouse bridge, he should get over the smell of his own ****.
I had this arsehole shout "ONE WAY" at me when I jumped on my bike down coney street at 2am after finishing work to turn onto ouse bridge, he should get over the smell of his own ****. PiHKAL
  • Score: -3

11:04pm Wed 9 Apr 14

Yorkshire Soph says...

I have encountered this unpleasant man in rawcliffe whilst barking the Highway Code and calling people numptys he also rode alongside another cyclist (side by side sure that's not allowed) and started pushing the other guy to try knock him off his bike! He also had flashing bike lights which I've heard is distracting to motorists. Hypocrite comes to mind. Is it legal to post these videos without blurring individuals faces?!
I have encountered this unpleasant man in rawcliffe whilst barking the Highway Code and calling people numptys he also rode alongside another cyclist (side by side sure that's not allowed) and started pushing the other guy to try knock him off his bike! He also had flashing bike lights which I've heard is distracting to motorists. Hypocrite comes to mind. Is it legal to post these videos without blurring individuals faces?! Yorkshire Soph
  • Score: 7

1:17am Thu 10 Apr 14

sniper 9964 says...

BioLogic wrote:
CynicaloldGit wrote:
Over to Pedalling Paul and Mr Userwood...looking forward to at least 3 weeks of slagging each other off................i


t does prove though how bad cyclist are, I didn't notice any motor vehicles committing and road offences.
You didn't watch very hard then. The car turning into Bootham Row from Bootham is guilty of at very least Careless Driving for cutting up the cyclist on his inside who is in a marked cycle lane.
If car was turning left why was the cyclists undertaking ?
[quote][p][bold]BioLogic[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CynicaloldGit[/bold] wrote: Over to Pedalling Paul and Mr Userwood...looking forward to at least 3 weeks of slagging each other off................i t does prove though how bad cyclist are, I didn't notice any motor vehicles committing and road offences.[/p][/quote]You didn't watch very hard then. The car turning into Bootham Row from Bootham is guilty of at very least Careless Driving for cutting up the cyclist on his inside who is in a marked cycle lane.[/p][/quote]If car was turning left why was the cyclists undertaking ? sniper 9964
  • Score: 1

1:19am Thu 10 Apr 14

sniper 9964 says...

snugglebunny wrote:
Cycling rules! End of.
Lendal Bridge re open then get with it.
No better feeling than cutting up the inside in cues of traffic !
Soon be summer season and all those money bringing tourists and race goers.
Oh forgot- Park and Ride is the saviour for the car drivers.
Ha ha !
\/\/ /\N3R
[quote][p][bold]snugglebunny[/bold] wrote: Cycling rules! End of. Lendal Bridge re open then get with it. No better feeling than cutting up the inside in cues of traffic ! Soon be summer season and all those money bringing tourists and race goers. Oh forgot- Park and Ride is the saviour for the car drivers. Ha ha ![/p][/quote]\/\/ /\N3R sniper 9964
  • Score: 0

1:24am Thu 10 Apr 14

sniper 9964 says...

Majority of cyclists are criminals. Just count how many you see. And see how many comit offences red lights one way streets. Foot paths. Lights in darkness.
Majority of cyclists are criminals. Just count how many you see. And see how many comit offences red lights one way streets. Foot paths. Lights in darkness. sniper 9964
  • Score: 0

1:25am Thu 10 Apr 14

sniper 9964 says...

But u gotta laugh at the chav t\/\/at face full of road
But u gotta laugh at the chav t\/\/at face full of road sniper 9964
  • Score: 10

10:11am Thu 10 Apr 14

Just zis guy, you know? says...

sniper 9964 wrote:
Majority of cyclists are criminals. Just count how many you see. And see how many comit offences red lights one way streets. Foot paths. Lights in darkness.
And you're a troll - back under Lendal Bridge with you.
[quote][p][bold]sniper 9964[/bold] wrote: Majority of cyclists are criminals. Just count how many you see. And see how many comit offences red lights one way streets. Foot paths. Lights in darkness.[/p][/quote]And you're a troll - back under Lendal Bridge with you. Just zis guy, you know?
  • Score: 9

11:02am Thu 10 Apr 14

again says...

CynicaloldGit wrote:
Over to Pedalling Paul and Mr Userwood...looking forward to at least 3 weeks of slagging each other off................i

t does prove though how bad cyclist are, I didn't notice any motor vehicles committing and road offences.
Well I use both modes of transport but I haven't joined some tribe that makes me blind to the faults the users of one transport mode and not t'other!

The Press seems to love these stories (because it creates conflict?) but there are plenty of youtube clips showing just how crazy drivers can be. It's not only cyclists whose ranks contain the incompetent and anti-social by any means and of course motor vehicles are far more lethal than a mere bicycle as the figures show.

Naturally on this comment column, infested by the bigots, any attempt to bring sense into the discussion arouses their ire. Although (fortunately) they are far from being representative of normal road users, if they take their attitudes with them behind the wheel there's no doubt they would be a danger to all other road users, not only cyclists.
[quote][p][bold]CynicaloldGit[/bold] wrote: Over to Pedalling Paul and Mr Userwood...looking forward to at least 3 weeks of slagging each other off................i t does prove though how bad cyclist are, I didn't notice any motor vehicles committing and road offences.[/p][/quote]Well I use both modes of transport but I haven't joined some tribe that makes me blind to the faults the users of one transport mode and not t'other! The Press seems to love these stories (because it creates conflict?) but there are plenty of youtube clips showing just how crazy drivers can be. It's not only cyclists whose ranks contain the incompetent and anti-social by any means and of course motor vehicles are far more lethal than a mere bicycle as the figures show. Naturally on this comment column, infested by the bigots, any attempt to bring sense into the discussion arouses their ire. Although (fortunately) they are far from being representative of normal road users, if they take their attitudes with them behind the wheel there's no doubt they would be a danger to all other road users, not only cyclists. again
  • Score: 4

2:41pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Mullarkian says...

Funniest thing I've seen for years!, particularly that tosser trying to take his jacket off, shame he didn't break his neck
Funniest thing I've seen for years!, particularly that tosser trying to take his jacket off, shame he didn't break his neck Mullarkian
  • Score: 0

3:54pm Thu 10 Apr 14

chunkyyorkie says...

the man doesn't wish to be named but doesn't hesitate in broadcasting images of those he wants you to see. Double standards?
There are many cyclist who ignore the Highway Code, but it is a tint fraction to the many drivers who do exactly the same, which is all the more dangerous given the size of the vehicles they operate.
the man doesn't wish to be named but doesn't hesitate in broadcasting images of those he wants you to see. Double standards? There are many cyclist who ignore the Highway Code, but it is a tint fraction to the many drivers who do exactly the same, which is all the more dangerous given the size of the vehicles they operate. chunkyyorkie
  • Score: 3

4:35pm Thu 10 Apr 14

Meldrew2 says...

DrummieD wrote:
cynical, the car has a brake light showing, it is not sigmalling. Pause it, do frame-by-frame, you'll see.
Look again! The car is indicating and only brakes when the idiot tries to undertake him. The cyclist has not been looking!
[quote][p][bold]DrummieD[/bold] wrote: cynical, the car has a brake light showing, it is not sigmalling. Pause it, do frame-by-frame, you'll see.[/p][/quote]Look again! The car is indicating and only brakes when the idiot tries to undertake him. The cyclist has not been looking! Meldrew2
  • Score: 1

5:21pm Thu 10 Apr 14

turbosview says...

the numpty on the cycle is in the wrong, just because he is in a cycle lane
does not give him the right of way, and should be watching and be aware of other road users, instead of just blindly trying undertaking other road users
this the trouble with bike lanes they think they are in a protected bubble and the highway code does not apply to them.
time for bike users to pass a test before cycling on public highway and fined for bad behaviour.
the numpty on the cycle is in the wrong, just because he is in a cycle lane does not give him the right of way, and should be watching and be aware of other road users, instead of just blindly trying undertaking other road users this the trouble with bike lanes they think they are in a protected bubble and the highway code does not apply to them. time for bike users to pass a test before cycling on public highway and fined for bad behaviour. turbosview
  • Score: -2

7:29pm Thu 10 Apr 14

swh1963 says...

I walk cycle and drive around York. I can honestly say that with the possible exception of cars not signalling at places where, in the absence of a signal, pedestrians have the right to step out to cross (the offenders are overwhelmingly taxis by the way) it is cyclists not cars who are guilty day in day out of idiotic and dangerous behaviour, as this commendable video (by a cyclist remember) shows all too clearly. Perhaps the two policemen who were trying to catch u-turners in the Lendal Bridge honey trap could just move down the round to the Gillygate/Bootham junction and start prosecuting these idiots? No word from the Paul who pedals more BS than sense?
I walk cycle and drive around York. I can honestly say that with the possible exception of cars not signalling at places where, in the absence of a signal, pedestrians have the right to step out to cross (the offenders are overwhelmingly taxis by the way) it is cyclists not cars who are guilty day in day out of idiotic and dangerous behaviour, as this commendable video (by a cyclist remember) shows all too clearly. Perhaps the two policemen who were trying to catch u-turners in the Lendal Bridge honey trap could just move down the round to the Gillygate/Bootham junction and start prosecuting these idiots? No word from the Paul who pedals more BS than sense? swh1963
  • Score: 0

8:38am Fri 11 Apr 14

CynicaloldGit says...

again wrote:
CynicaloldGit wrote:
Over to Pedalling Paul and Mr Userwood...looking forward to at least 3 weeks of slagging each other off................i


t does prove though how bad cyclist are, I didn't notice any motor vehicles committing and road offences.
Well I use both modes of transport but I haven't joined some tribe that makes me blind to the faults the users of one transport mode and not t'other!

The Press seems to love these stories (because it creates conflict?) but there are plenty of youtube clips showing just how crazy drivers can be. It's not only cyclists whose ranks contain the incompetent and anti-social by any means and of course motor vehicles are far more lethal than a mere bicycle as the figures show.

Naturally on this comment column, infested by the bigots, any attempt to bring sense into the discussion arouses their ire. Although (fortunately) they are far from being representative of normal road users, if they take their attitudes with them behind the wheel there's no doubt they would be a danger to all other road users, not only cyclists.
well. I'm afraid I beat you....I'm a cyclist...a motor cyclist and a car driver, I've also driven strange vehicles in the military and I can assure you, whilst motorists are to blame at times, the biggest "criminals" using the road and anything else they choose to, are cyclists and to be absolutely accurate, the only reason more of them are not killed, is due to the evasive action take by motorists.

And to the apologists on this column, do not tell me to look carefully, do it yourselves, the car was clearly turning when the numpty on the bike thought all he had to do was undertake the car instead of slowing and allowing the car which as stated was already turning, allow the car to complete it's manoeuvre
[quote][p][bold]again[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]CynicaloldGit[/bold] wrote: Over to Pedalling Paul and Mr Userwood...looking forward to at least 3 weeks of slagging each other off................i t does prove though how bad cyclist are, I didn't notice any motor vehicles committing and road offences.[/p][/quote]Well I use both modes of transport but I haven't joined some tribe that makes me blind to the faults the users of one transport mode and not t'other! The Press seems to love these stories (because it creates conflict?) but there are plenty of youtube clips showing just how crazy drivers can be. It's not only cyclists whose ranks contain the incompetent and anti-social by any means and of course motor vehicles are far more lethal than a mere bicycle as the figures show. Naturally on this comment column, infested by the bigots, any attempt to bring sense into the discussion arouses their ire. Although (fortunately) they are far from being representative of normal road users, if they take their attitudes with them behind the wheel there's no doubt they would be a danger to all other road users, not only cyclists.[/p][/quote]well. I'm afraid I beat you....I'm a cyclist...a motor cyclist and a car driver, I've also driven strange vehicles in the military and I can assure you, whilst motorists are to blame at times, the biggest "criminals" using the road and anything else they choose to, are cyclists and to be absolutely accurate, the only reason more of them are not killed, is due to the evasive action take by motorists. And to the apologists on this column, do not tell me to look carefully, do it yourselves, the car was clearly turning when the numpty on the bike thought all he had to do was undertake the car instead of slowing and allowing the car which as stated was already turning, allow the car to complete it's manoeuvre CynicaloldGit
  • Score: 1

1:04pm Fri 11 Apr 14

strangebuttrue? says...

Meldrew2 wrote:
DrummieD wrote:
cynical, the car has a brake light showing, it is not sigmalling. Pause it, do frame-by-frame, you'll see.
Look again! The car is indicating and only brakes when the idiot tries to undertake him. The cyclist has not been looking!
Highway code - “Do not ride on the inside of vehicles signalling or slowing down to turn left".

We all have a responsibility but car drivers cannot always be looking backwards.
[quote][p][bold]Meldrew2[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]DrummieD[/bold] wrote: cynical, the car has a brake light showing, it is not sigmalling. Pause it, do frame-by-frame, you'll see.[/p][/quote]Look again! The car is indicating and only brakes when the idiot tries to undertake him. The cyclist has not been looking![/p][/quote]Highway code - “Do not ride on the inside of vehicles signalling or slowing down to turn left". We all have a responsibility but car drivers cannot always be looking backwards. strangebuttrue?
  • Score: 1

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