“The second time I rode into London in an effort to gain some fitness, rather than take the train, ended like this,” says YouTube user cyclejack. “This” being an idiot in a car deciding to ignore him, ramming and sending him and his bicycle into the air. Miraculously, he wasn’t injured, just bruised.
I was travelling around 22mph [35kph] through Romford. Drizzly conditions so I was being cautious around bends and roundabouts. I didn’t expect this!
I just about got my hands to the brakes (it can just be seen on the frame before impact) but I had no chance of stopping.
I’m not quite sure how I wasn’t seen. I’m over 6ft and was wearing a bright blue jacket. If I was seen then it’s a very bad judgement in my speed.
After a very uncomfortable trip to the hospital in a neck brace and spinal board and various x-rays I escaped with just bruising. So I consider myself lucky.
At the time the driver was apologetic and was informed by the police that I was recording my ride and seemed to admit fault. But when it came to my insurance claim against her she disputed it. Safe to say the video has saved me a lot of hassle and 3 weeks later the cheque has already arrived from the insurance company.
Sadly, other cyclists are not that lucky.