RE: [greenwichcyclists] Assault by bus driver 24th November
Dreadful story. I recently complained to a London bus company about some bad driving and got a positive response from them to say that the driver concerned had been spoken to and her driving would be monitored by a plain clothed inspector. The frightening thing about some of the bad driving is that it’s done quite deliberately with no regard to whether the driver knocks the cyclist off or not. I had a bus pass me with an inch to spare down Theobalds Road in Holborn recently and he’d been driving behind me in the bus lane at the time so was aware I was there etc and as soon as I’d pulled in after overtaking a stationary taxi he passed – he must have “judged/timed” the overtake to get that close (it would have only taken a pothole or manhole to put me in the path of the maniac bus driver who would no doubt have said I swerved in front of him). Other consistent bus offenders are those pulling out of Victoria station – almost daily dangerous manoeuvres. My theory regarding the universal hatred of cyclists and all things cycling prevails.
From: Julian Dobson [mailto:julian@...]
Sent: 29 November 2004 23:11
Cc: Greenwich Cyclists
Subject: Re: [greenwichcyclists] Assault by bus driver 24th November
Sounds like a horrific experience. We've had a similar experience with a red bus passing within inches, and the very helpful response from TfL didn't bring any results. Did you get any witnesses?
I'm not sure if the LCC offers support in cases like this: I've just had a look at their web-site, and couldn't see anything, but it's probably worth contacting them:
London Cycling Campaign
30 Great Guildford Street
London SE1 0HS
Being as you have already contacted the police, I cannot think of any more that you can do, but I'll watch for suggestions from the group.
ps what is you actual name?
On 29 Nov 2004, at 15:57, keable74 wrote:
I attach an excerpt from a letter of complaint i have sent to the bus
company concerned. Could you recommend what organisations I should
complain to relating to the assault below. I have already taken up
the matter with the Greenwich Police and I will be forwarding a copy
to the London Transport users commitee. As a regular commuter I am
well used to the dangers of cycling in London but I found the
behaviour of this individual particularly ugly.
Whilst cycling home around 5.40pm heading east along Jamaica Road
a `Brentons of Blackheath' coach overtook a number of bicycles
travelling in the bus lane at a ridiculous speed and about 2 inches
away from myself and a colleague who was cycling behind me.
The manoeuvre was simply dangerous and pointless as the light ahead
was on red. When I arrived at the light I approached the driver who's
response was to spit at me in the face and to declare that all
cyclists are `cunts` and deserve to be knocked off their bikes and
I then went to the passenger side of the coach to get out of the way
of traffic and the driver came running down the steps and kicked me
in the chest. This was a blatant assault and I have pressed charges
with the Police to pursue this matter.
The driver of coach ESU 241 was late 50's, scruffy looking with no
front teeth. I hardly think that this man is hard for you as his
employer to identify and I have seen him subsequently following the
same route with this bus.
I commute around London every day on a bike and am used to the
difficulties of cycling through heavy traffic. I do not however stand
for the kind of behaviour exhibited by your employee and I find it
particularly disgraceful behaviour given that this man could be
driving children around.
I would appreciate a response from Brentons of Blackheath as I take
this matter extremely seriously.
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