Cyclists lash out at Peugeot because they think its driver got too close when they tried to overtake

Angry cyclists lash out at Peugeot because they think its driver got too close – but viewers are divided over who’s in the wrong

  • Video filmed by driving instructor on Kings Avenue, Brixton, south London
  • Cyclists pull ahead of red Peugeot hatchback and car tries to get back in front
  • It gets too close to the two cyclists and the leading one kicks car with right foot
  • Car brakes but the trailing cyclist hits it with his right hand and car falls back 

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This is the moment an angry cyclist kicks out at a passing car for getting to close – but viewers were divided over who was in the wrong.  

The incident happened last Wednesday June 26, at around 7pm on Kings Avenue in Brixton, south London and was caught on film by a driving instructor’s dash cam. 

The instructor, who wishes to remain anonymous, posted the footage online and said: ‘Who’s side are you on?’ 

Cyclists lash out at Peugeot because they think its driver got too close when they tried to overtake

Two cyclists undertake a red Peugeot car on Kings Avenue in Brixton, south London. The car’s driver then tries to overtake them again buts too close for comfort for the pair

The video starts with two cyclists overtaking the instructor’s car and coming up alongside a red Peugeot hatchback in front. 

As the cyclists cross a junction, they pull slightly ahead of the Peugeot, whose driver speeds up to overtake them again.

However, the car gets too close to the leading cyclist, and he kicks the front of the car with his right foot. 

The Peugeot driver immediately slows their car and gives the cyclists more space.

The driver is then forced to brake once again when the second cyclist takes a swipe with his right hand, which makes light contact with the side of the car. 

Finally, the Peugeot – whose driver has finally got the cyclists’ angry message – is seen trailing at least five metres behind the pair.

Cyclists lash out at Peugeot because they think its driver got too close when they tried to overtake Cyclists lash out at Peugeot because they think its driver got too close when they tried to overtake

The leading cyclist kicks the car with his right foot and its driver immediately brakes 

But the second cyclist, apparently angered by how close the car got to him and the other rider, ta waves his arm in its direction – as if warning its driver not to try to overtake again.  

The majority of the 255 comments blamed the cyclists for putting themselves in the situation.

Glyn said: ‘The cyclists caused it as they undertook the car, cyclists think they have the moral high ground and can do no wrong – but sadly most are self-opinionated w*****s.’ 

William wrote: ‘Cyclists undertaking the car then trying to force the driver to move over into oncoming traffic.’ 

Speaking today the instructor added: ‘In my opinion the cyclists were 100 per cent in the wrong but I do not condone violence.’ 

However, some of the comments didn’t agree.

Professional HGV driver Mark wrote: ‘I drive round London, you always have to give way if you see a cyclist. 

‘The difference is you are driving something that kills, they’re not. 

Cyclists lash out at Peugeot because they think its driver got too close when they tried to overtake Cyclists lash out at Peugeot because they think its driver got too close when they tried to overtake

However, the trailing cyclist still appears to think the car is too close and so hits the bodywork with his right hand. The Peugeot’s driver then brakes again and stays well behind the pair

‘They might be a pain, but seriously what is 10 seconds of your day worth??

A trip behind bars and a cyclists’ death on your conscious [sic]!! 

‘Yeah they are a pain but they have as much rights.

‘A lot of cyclist have insurance, some cars don’t pay road tax. Yes more work needs to be done to separate both. 

‘But if you’re driving in London, that cyclist will prob arrive at his destination 20 minutes before you. 

‘So just give way – the law will always back them in this instance.’ 

Matthew said: ‘Cyclists have ultimate rights. They are not protected by a car shell.

All moving vehicles should give right of way and space as a car.’ 

‘However cyclists should have their own lanes in traffic if they are going to be on the roads.’  

Edmund King, AA president, said: ‘In this case I think the car driver should have given more space to the cyclists as one swerve due to a pothole could have been fatal. 

‘It is a narrow street and the cyclists are travelling at pace. ‘Having said that we all need to live in harmony on the roads. 

‘Whilst the driver should have held back, kicking the car probably only exacerbated the situation.’ 

A spokesman for the Metropolitan Police confirmed that the incident hadn’t been reported them. 

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