Majority of drivers say 'aggressive cyclists' threaten their safety on Britain's roads

27 February 2023, 08:06 | Updated: 27 February 2023, 11:31

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Two-thirds of road users say "aggressive cyclists" threaten their safety, a new survey has found. Picture: Getty

By Chay Quinn

Two-thirds of road users say "aggressive cyclists" threaten their safety, a new survey has found.

In a poll of 2,010 British motorists by road safety charity IAM RoadSmart, 65 per cent of respondents said that they believe the cyclists were a threat to their safety - with 60 per cent saying that the problem is a bigger threat than three years ago.

A similar proportion of those surveyed (61 per cent) said they would not support a law which would assume that drivers are always to blame for collisions involving cyclists despite a staggering 494 cyclists being killed in crashes with cars between 2012 and 2021.

In the same period, only four car-users perished in accidents with cyclists, according to Department for Transport figures.

The survey results come after a high-profile crash in which Channel 5 news anchor Dan Walker was left bloodied after being knocked off his bike by a car last week.

Walker, who left the BBC to join 5 News on Channel 5 last year, was hit by a car while cycling on a road in central Sheffield, leaving his face swollen but seemingly without any serious injuries.

A spokesperson for South Yorkshire police said: "No arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing".

Dashcam footage showing the moment of the collision was shared by The Sun.

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In the video, Walker is seen cycling on his bike before appearing to be hit by the front left-hand side of the car before falling to the ground.

The driver told the outlet: "I looked in my mirror and saw him roll across the road after he'd been hit.

"It was quite shocking - certainly something you don't see every day. He's lucky to be alive."

Dan Walker bloodied posing with a nurse
The survey results come after a high-profile crash in which Channel 5 news anchor Dan Walker was left bloodied after being knocked off his bike by a car last week. Picture: Twitter/MrDanWalker

Walker shared details about the incident on Monday, with pictures of his bloodied face in an ambulance.

He wrote: "Bit of an accident this morning (Monday).

"Glad to be alive after getting hit by a car on my bike. Face is a mess but I don't think anything is broken.

"Thanks to Shaun and Jamie for sorting me out and the lovely copper at the scene."

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