Jeremy Vine’s near-miss was no surprise. All cyclists fear bad drivers
Wednesday 31 August 2016 12.31 BST
The TV presenter’s recent run-in reflects a pattern of ‘very scary’ incidents on our roads. Drivers must stop putting vulnerable cyclists’ lives at risk
My first reaction at watching the much-shared video of Jeremy Vine being intimidated by a driver for doing nothing more provocative than cycling in a straight line along a London street was appalled horror. My second might be more surprising to non-cyclists: I’ve seen it all before.
Ask most people who ride a bike regularly in the UK and they’ll happily recount a list of terrifying or alarming incidents caused by the deliberate actions of another road user, usually someone in a motor vehicle.
A pioneering academic study last year chronicling British cyclists’ experiences of road incidents in which they were harassed or frightened but not actually hurt, and so were not recorded in police statistics, found riders suffered a “very scary” event about once a week on average.