On a recent ride along the Camden High Street London Cyclist reader Kylie witnessed a cyclist being doored. Unbelievably, instead of apologising and checking the cyclist was okay the driver aggressively told him off for getting in the way.
Kylie along with another passer-by decided to intervene. Initially, the cyclist insisted he was fine and slowly the driver started to calm down. However, when Kylie suggested the cyclist get insurance details off the driver, the driver refused.
To make matters worse the driver’s mates started to pour out of the restaurant and went on to try to intimidate the cyclist and the two witnesses.
The cyclist was told to “Go to the bicycle store over there and get your bike fixed – it’s nothing to do with me”.
At the time the cyclist was complaining of sharp chest pains and clearly had some scrapes. The corner of the car door had clipped him straight in the chest and had sent him flying into the middle of the road.
He was fortunate that there wasn’t a car passing at the time.
Kylie ended up calling the police and an ambulance which only served to anger the driver and his mates further. Particularly when the drivers licence plates were read on to the police.
Within about 10 to 15 minutes the police and ambulance had arrived. They separated everyone and put the driver in to the police car. The second officer spoke with the cyclist and got the details off the witnesses.
The police said Kylie had made the right decision by calling them the moment the driver got aggressive and refused insurance details. They said this was the drivers fault for escalating the matter and that if it had been another car there instead of a cyclist then there would have been no question about swapping insurance details.
I like to highlight readers stories such as this one by Kylie as it’s a good reminder of what should be done in a situation such as this one. If it wasn’t for Kylie and the other witness then the cyclist may well have been in shock and decided to simply cycle on instead of thinking clearly.