Jeremy Vine blasts London cabbie who ‘ploughed through’ path of young female cyclist after she cut him up at a crossing – saying ‘you wouldn’t treat your daughter that way’
- The Radio 2 presenter filmed a cyclist cutting across South Carriage Drive, close to Hyde Park in central London, without looking at 6am this morning
- Female was beeped at and told off by a taxi driver whose route she blocked
- Vine, 54, said: ‘He is in two tons of metal, she is a young woman on a bicycle. He chose to plough through’ – but Vine has been shouted down online by motorists
- The video has now been viewed nearly 80,000 times on his Twitter account
Radio 2 presenter Jeremy Vine has sparked passionate responses from road users after he defended a female cyclist who was chastised by a London black cab driver for cutting him up.
The footage posted by the Channel 5 daytime star, who is believed to have captured it during his 6am ride to work today, shows the cyclist using a pelican crossing on South Carriage Drive, adjacent to London’s Hyde Park, while the traffic lights are on green.
Vine defended the cyclist’s risky manoeuvre after filming the oncoming cabbie beeping at her multiple times and shouting from his window, saying in his subsequent tweet: ‘Bet you wouldn’t behave like this if she was your daughter’.
The 54-year-old presenter said that while he agreed the motorist was ‘clearly’ in the right – and the cyclist should have looked before crossing while the red man was showing – he felt the infuriated male driver should have stopped to let the cyclist cross safely rather than leave her in the middle of the road.
Jeremy Vine’s footage, filmed on his cycle-cam, sees the female cyclist appearing to cross the busy London street – South Carriage Drive, near Hyde Park, this morning without looking – as a London black cab approaches the set of traffic lights which were on green at the time
As the cyclist is forced to stop in the middle of the road, the cab driver beeps at her angrily before offering her a telling off from his window, something Vine objected to and shared with his 702,000 followers on Twitter
Cyclist and motorist come close: Vine’s take on the incident was that: ‘The driver had the option of stopping. He is in two tons of metal, she is a young woman on a bicycle. He chose to plough through’
Both cyclists and pedestrians are permitted to use push-button pedestrian crossings when there is a green man showing and the accompanying traffic lights are on red.
He wrote: ‘Hey Mr Taxi Driver, you saw her coming a mile out. Bet you wouldn’t behave like this if she was your daughter.’
He later clarified that he agreed the cyclist was wrong but thought the taxi was wrong to punish her by ‘ploughing through’.
He wrote: ‘The cyclist is CLEARLY at fault. However the driver had the option of stopping. He is in two tons of metal, she is a young woman on a bicycle. He chose to plough through. That’s all.’
The week-day Channel 5 news and affairs host found himself largely shouted down on Twitter for posting the head-cam footage
The video, which has since had nearly 80,000 views on Twitter, has seen Vine get short shrift from some road users.
@Mr_rothschild_ wrote: ‘As a pedestrian who was seriously injured once by an idiot cyclist I have absolutely no sympathy. Cyclists should all have to undergo a street cycling test, have a licence, insurance and MOT’
@south_eastone added: ‘If that was me and she had been my daughter I would have got out and kicked her a*** for being so bloody stupid. If he braked hard and injured his passenger what then?
The chastised cyclist continues on her way to the other side of the road after the London black cab driver has made his views on her cycling clear
The push-button pelican crossing, which includes a set of traffic lights, can be used by both cyclists and pedestrians when the green man is showing and the main lights are on red
@AStrangerJ added: ‘Ridiculous tweet. It’s attitudes such as this that are giving decent, level headed cyclists a bad name. Both you and she went across despite the light being against you, but you still see the taxi driver as being in the wrong. It’s a good job he was looking, neither of you were.’
And @bazzardo noted how different the dynamics are between cyclists and motorists on the continent: ‘Just back from cycling to TdF in Belgium. Couldn’t believe that cars actually stop to let you cross the road with your bike! This is not on the bike lanes, but on the odd occasion you need to cross a normal road or get out of a junction. We are light-years away from this.’
Vine, who took over from Matthew Wright as the host of Channel 5’s daytime offering earlier this year, regularly posts footage of near-misses from his morning commute. Earlier this year, the BBC broadcaster, 54, was told to ‘give up cycling’ after an altercation with a white van.