This whole incident is a perfect example of the two laws of life:
1. The Law: Bus driver got sent down for 17 months, and proper order too.
2. The Law of the Jungle: The cyclist was clearing escalating the situation, and winding up the driver. Cyclist got what he deserved too - in this case fractured legs. Next time, he probably won't try to tangle with a 10 ton bus. FACT - Very stupid behaviour has very dire consequences.
Even though I cycle to work daily, I had a good laugh at this video.
Well that was a nice bunfight I didn't mean to start !!!
Sourlemonz has it right and beat me to the draw. Until there's registration and insurance the cycling lobby/nazis will fight this "struggle" versus the tax paying motorist. That bus has reg plates,all yer man had to was make the call to either the feds or to the bus company. But no,"we are cyclists and we are tough" applied. Someone said somewhere "have you ever seen a cyclist with a headcam who isn't angry......".
Seioursly, again, with so much over the top, it's hard to tell if this is for real or a parody.... Just in case...
He had a headcam? Where does it say that? And there are plenty of cyclists who use helmet cams who are not "angry", and anyway people tend to rightly or wrongly get angry when somebody else hits them or attempts to knock them down.
He was going to call the bus company or the police over a close pass? Lol! What do you think they would have done?
Why did the apparently professional bus driver not turn off his engine and call the police?
Most important: Why are you defending somebody who used a bus to knock another person down?
I agree cyclists can be egotistical pain in the fúcking arse when driving, and when I cycle I am totally submissive to traffic etc. Not because I am afraid of them, but because I dont feel the need to try own the road when I clearly take up far less space than everyone else and dont have to hold up traffic.
Anyhow, some of the posts in the thread are outright ridiculous and alarming to say the least. You come across as a right bunch of irrational nutjobs.
FACT - I am not stupid enough to tangle with a 10 ton bus.
Obviously, the cyclists moral compass was not enough to stop him getting knocked into the gutter like a piece of rubbish.
The cyclist was 46 years old, surprised he lived that long being so stupid.
Mess with the bull - get the horns.
well he is at least aprtly to blame is he not? It's never cut and dried when two fools act like this.
And your evidence for this is based on?
I saw nothing in the verdict statement that apportions any blame to the cyclist. The only one going to jail is the bus driver.
I suppose your twisted logic would include a statement about a rape case and sentencing something like this:
"Well, if she hadn't worn that short skirt then there would not have been the temptation for him to rape her. She is at least partly to blame!"
did you not see the video or what?
The cyclist was clearly attempting to stop the bus passing , reportedly as an escaltion of whatever nonsense had been going on at the lights previously.
It takes two to tango
How did you come to that conclusion? Where do you expect him to cycle - in the gutter?
I'm genuinely disgusted by the number of people on here defending the actions of the bus driver.
It doesn't matter what the hell the cyclist did, swerving, delaying a bus by a couple of seconds etc. he did not deserve to be hit by a bus. It may not have been a wise decision to tangle with the bus but that is largely irrelevant.
If I threw a snowball at a farmer with a shotgun and he turned around and shot me, by your logic I deserved it!! Think about it folks. Yes, annoying someone with a shotgun mightn't be wise, but the punishment of being shot is possibly slightly over the top, no?
You people really need to consider some of the analogies mentioned above and look past the fact that this is a motorists V's cyclist issue in your minds.
So what if he was trying to stop him passing? Maybe I missed the class where it was explained that stopping a bus passing results in being ok to be hit by said bus.
Last I knew, tangoing didn't involve being side swiped by a bus, I guess I'm out of touch these days, I must be getting old.
Given that you are so blind by the cyclist/ motorist thing, try answering this one:
If a cyclist gets annoyed with a motorist and then pulls the motorist out of their car or bus or whatever and beats the living daylights out of them, would your view still be "it takes two to tango"?
How is it acceptance to attack somebody using a bus just because they annoyed you?