• May 25, 2009
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On AutoblogGreen, we regularly promote the idea of parking your car and using an alternative form of transportation whenever it's practical. For those living in urban environments, cycling is a common and often faster approach compared to driving, and congested cities the world over have been working to make pedaling more viable in recent years. One of those cities is London, England, which has been battling intense traffic through such means as a particularly contentious congestion charge.

Unfortunately for those that opt for pedal power, a great many cars and trucks will remain on most roads for the foreseeable future. That means cycling may be more environmentally friendly, but it's also very risky. London mayor Boris Johnson learned this the hard way this week while ironically scoping out locations for new bike lanes in the British capital. A truck that looks like it might have been going too fast down a narrow street very nearly triggered a fatal accident with the mayor and the British transport minister. You can check out the entire incident as recorded by one of the thousands of closed-circuit video cameras that line London's streets after the jump. Hat tip to John R.

[Source: The Guardian]



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      • 5 Years Ago
      I live in London, raised in Holland and I can tell you, London has no infrastructure planning whatsoever. Cycling is impossible without getting stuck or hurt and the tarmac is in such bad condition (putholes, big cracks) I changed from Audi S3 to VW Touareg two months ago. London needs an overhaul as big as the event in 1666. Sigh
      • 5 Years Ago
      The truck driver is an idiot. You don't go charging down the narrow city street like this - not to mention the sleeping policeman that upset the car and probably opened the rear gate, which, very likely, was not properly shut.
        • 5 Years Ago
        I keep hearing about sleeping policemen, what are they? Is that what you guys call speed bumps, or are they something else?

        I agree with your post though.
      Richard
      • 5 Years Ago
      Recently,I recently purchased directional turn signals for my bike and the 1st day I used them they saved my life at an intersection where a truck was making a right turn.
      It's a no brainer. I purchased mine at www.safetybikesignals.com
      Why aren't more riders using them. I don't get it. Do you?

        • 5 Years Ago
        @Richard
        Mostly 'cause I've never seen those for sale. Thanks for the link!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Richard
        oh look... Sales rep from www.safetybikesignals.com posting on AutoBlog.. go away!
        • 5 Years Ago
        @Richard
        I've seen these in Halfords but I have never actually seen them on a bike. It seems that everybody thinks they are ridiculous.

        The trouble in London is not that truck drivers can't see you but that they don't care. They universally drive too fast and don't slow down for anything; speed bumps, corners, narrow streets, cyclists, other cars, pedestrians.

        Sure, they have the advantage that you don't have to let go of the handle bars to signal and they are more visible than your arm at night but claiming that they saved your life is a bit of a stretch.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Holy crap! Talk about lucky...
      • 5 Years Ago
      Bikes have the right to this...

      Bikes have the right to that?

      Where is the RESPONSIBILITY?

      Where I live, they ignore ALL stop signs, lights, and crosswalks, as well as ride on the sidewalk, the wrong way on one-way streets, etc...

      I say SCREW THEM. Until they start acting like "cars", there will be no "sharing the road".

      You can't have it both ways!
      • 5 Years Ago
      Riding a bike is so scary in my town. People arent used to it so they swing wayyyyyy around you into the incoming lane, its just asking for something to happen and you get caught right there in the middle of the road with cars crashing about around you.

      Id like to ride a bike to places nearby where I dont need my car, but for my safety, I take my car, and leave my bike riding for the clearly marked trails free of idiots in their cars
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm an avid cyclist and after years of overly aggressive driving and near-misses, the tables have been turned, and I now take it upon myself to be the aggressor. I bump cars at stop lights, take an inordinate amount of time to cross the road, kick motorists as they exit their vehicles, and once in a blue moon I'll ghostride my bicycle into a crowd of unsuspecting pedestrians. I'm right out on the cutting edge of anti-motorist cycling, and hopefully this post will help others see the light.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Hmmm...I wonder if we can send Al Gore and all of his environmental cronies and blind followers to London...?
        • 5 Years Ago
        Well,

        Given that man adds something like a whopping 3% to the global CO2 content I would - as a daily cyclist - add that shutting Al Gore's mouth would probably drop that to something like 1%.
        • 5 Years Ago
        great, just the comment we needed

        thanks Matt

        /sarcasm
      • 5 Years Ago
      I'm surprised a simple truck door could catch and drag a car while receiving what looks to be no damage on itself. I mean, I knew they were strong but enough to resist a violent two ton yank?
      • 5 Years Ago
      I bet this will end up on Top Gear sometime this season...lol
      • 5 Years Ago
      I imagine the angry looking dude in the truck stepped out and yelled something like 'ey, you wankers! before realizing he almost smashed the mayor and not some random cyclist. Who the hell drives around with their back doors flapping around all open like that anyway? Even without the accident he could have clocked a pedestrian or something.
      • 5 Years Ago
      Wow that door meant business. How in the world did a door do that much damage....you would think it would snap off or bend before it PULLS AN ENTIRE CAR SEVERAL FEET.

      On one hand, props to the people who manafacture those doors, but on the other hand, somebody needs to fire the people who build the latches....or maybe just the driver himself.
        • 5 Years Ago
        Thought the same thing: holy indestructible hinges, batman ! Whoever built that door... Kudos ! And no firing the guy who designed the latch, it was most likely human error... The latch is actually what snagged the car and dragged it thirty feet from a dead stop ! A medal for that guy as well, bonus if it's the same guy who designed the whole thing. ;)
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