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Shocking video footage of caravan lorry coming close to cyclist on road

By The Citizen  |  Posted: March 08, 2014

A shot from the video footage

A shot from the video footage

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A CARAVAN firm in the Forest of Dean is under fire after a cyclist posted a video ofone of its lorry drivers on YOutube.

The video of the incident show a flatbed lorry owned by Forest of Dean Caravans Ltd driving close to a cyclist on the A59 at Samlesbury, Lancashire.

The video, filmed at around 7.10am on Wednesday has since been viewed 18,000 times.

It shows just how close the lorry, carrying one caravan and towing another, came to striking the cyclist, called Jon.

The horn was sounded loudly and at length as the vehicle came up behind the rider, apparently leaving him struggling to maintain control.

Jon took to Twitter to help identify the driver of the vehicle, belonging to Forest of Dean Caravans, based in Parkend.

The incident has been reported to Lancashire Police and Gloucestershire Constabulary is also hoping to contact the cyclist involved to find out what happened.

The family-owned firm has said it is investigating the incident with its transport manager Mark Turley preparing a statement to reassure cyclists about the action it is taking.

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  • Snappy_Happer  |  March 10 2014, 7:44PM

    Again, to be fair, he's not the best example of a responsible cyclist. His videos would carry a lot more weight, otherwise...

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  • RoadWombat  |  March 10 2014, 6:46PM

    If that video, too, was taken with a head cam, then the rider hasn't even glanced into the junctions he is approaching to see if anything is about to emerge and hasn't looked behind him even once to see if anything is approaching from behind. He complains of careless overtaking in the last video - what about his own overtake at 1:22, squeezing between the vehicle he is overtaking and the one approaching (again without even doing a shoulder-check before the manoeuvre!). If it is indeed taken with a head cam (as opposed to one fixed to the handlebars) then he certainly gives the impression of being a dangerous lycra-lout!

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  March 10 2014, 2:18PM

    I would also like to point out this video - http://tinyurl.com/p2sq59t of him riding down a hill like an idiot, if a car pulled out or was turning right after a bend this nutter would have wiped himself out!

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  • Snappy_Happer  |  March 10 2014, 12:23PM

    To be fair, he says that the time on the video is wrong...

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  • GlosAnarchy  |  March 10 2014, 9:51AM

    Am I they only one to notice the time code on the video says 08:18 not 07:10 as written in the article! Stupid driver!

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  • marty53  |  March 09 2014, 11:09PM

    Jesus - another long-winded and illiterate cyclist.

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  • mushmatt  |  March 09 2014, 8:52PM

    Anyone looking to place any blame on the cyclist should take a long hard look and themselves and perhaps relearn the Highway Code. The cyclist has EVERY right to use the road, he has all the same rights every other road user has, no less no more. If this is a problem for you please hand back your license. A drivers right to place someone in mortal danger does not in anyway trump a cyclists legal right to use the public highway. And no doubt someone who no still looking to blame the cyclist. For those who are unconvinced ...Perhaps...he wishes to turn right? Perhaps he's able to maintain a speed faster than 18mph (technically the speed limit of cycle-paths). Perhaps he does not wish to start stop at every junction (would car drivers if they didn't have too ?). There might be a whole bunch of other reasons not to use it. @roadwombat: there is no validity to your statement for a few reasons. 1st off - it would be impractical in the extreme for a cyclists to spend time looking behind them with the intention to avoid a vehicle - which given the speed of cars would be totally stupid, as there would be nothing the cyclist could do (where would he go, would be be able to react quickly enough in the 1-2 seconds he has?). Additionally most cyclists will move slightly when looking behind, sometimes into the path of traffic if they are not careful - it is very difficult to cycle straight when you head is looking behind you as your whole upper body has to move and twist. And finally, given that cars overtake cyclists so often a cyclist would need to spend more time looking behind them than forward. Can you imagine how many problems that might cause. It's upto the cyclist to be predictable, and it's up to the overtaking vehicle todo it safely. Small related point - if I was that cyclists I may have looked behind me when I heard the horn. There's a good chance I'd be dead if I did because I (like many cyclists) will veer out a few inches when they do so. Given the overtaking distance of that vehicle i that would be it for me. One wife, one son, without a husband without a father.

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  • RoadWombat  |  March 09 2014, 8:44PM

    Perfectly valid. Highway Code Rule 67: "You should be aware of traffic coming up behind you." That's not to say, of course, that the van driver shouldn't also have taken care!

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  • tishwash  |  March 09 2014, 5:11PM

    @RoadWombat - I don't think that's even a valid comment ? If you are behind a cyclist it is YOUR responsibility to ensure you pass correctly. As a cyclist I often know if a car/truck/lorry/other is just behind em based on the amount of sound they make, he didn't seem unsteady he was just passed very closely, would you like this ? Why was it everyone else seems to pass cleanly and without beeping etc, yet this guy couldn't ?

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  • RoadWombat  |  March 09 2014, 4:45PM

    One presumes this is filmed on a head-mounted camera. The cyclist appears to be totally oblivious of the traffic around him and fixated solely on the road to his front - a common mistake by cyclists. Not once during the entire sequence did he look behind him. Had he done so, he would have been more aware of the vehicles around him, would have seen that a large vehicle was approaching from behind, and then would have been able to slow and steady himself, and ensure he kept well in. He was undoubtedly oblivious to its presence, as evidenced by his surprised exclamation when it passed him.

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