Anyone who lives in London will concentrate on the lengthy working animosity that exists between drivers and cyclists.
Drivers will usually moan to you about cyclists who weave between site visitors, whereas cyclists will complain about harmful drivers who don’t pay sufficient consideration to all those who use the roads.
One bicycle owner has taken the duty of tackling harmful drivers across the metropolis into his personal fingers.
Known as BikingMikey on social media, the avid Dutch bicycle owner has filmed and reported round 1000 offenders who he has noticed breaking the regulation.
The passionate bicycle owner has been recording his journeys since 2006, however it wasn’t till round 2018 that the police actually began taking the general public recorded offences extra significantly, and cast forward with the prosecution of drivers caught on this method.
From 2019 BikingMikey began logging these instances extra recurrently, submitting virtually 360 experiences of harmful drivers he caught that 12 months alone.
Using his GoPro on his bike he confronts and data offenders of every type from these utilizing their telephones to these going the unsuitable method down the highway.
The activity doesn’t come with out its justifiable share of confrontation with him usually being subjected to abuse from these caught purple handed.
He informed: “Some folks will simply give just a few disagreeable phrases out the automotive window, that’s most likely the commonest.
“A couple of uncommon folks will go completely mad, and different folks behave like gents.”
After catching the culprits on film BikingMikey then fingers the footage over to the police the place the offender is commonly charged, and given a superb, factors or made to take a highway security course.
Not solely does he hand this footage over to the police, however he additionally publishes the footage to social media, calling out these drivers who put folks in peril within the metropolis.
Again this usually opens him as much as abuse from these who disagree together with his strategies.
“Numerous [grief] appears to be from youthful male drivers,” he defined.
He’s even been despatched dying threats and informed to “kill himself” by trolls on-line.
“It’s fairly horrible,” he mentioned.
Some of hiss most viral and well-liked movies come from one explicit highway close to Regent’s Park the place impatient drivers recurrently reduce onto the unsuitable facet of the highway to overlook out on site visitors and take the turning.
These movies can rack up thousands and thousands of views on YouTube, with quite a lot of probably the most dramatic confrontations going viral.
His most watched video on YouTube is that of a Mercedes driver who determined to chop down the unsuitable facet of the infamous highway by Regent’s Park, earlier than he was stopped in his tracks.
The driver grew to become visibly agitated and aggressive as he referred to as for BikingMikey to maneuver his bike, and even took to nudging him to get out of the best way.
Fortunately in a stroke of excellent luck, the police have been simply across the nook prepared to return and help, and enact a chunk of prompt karma.
The man was given one of many extra lenient punishments of a superb for driving down the unsuitable facet of the highway and an additional superb for hitting BikingMikey together with his automotive.
It appears nobody is protected from the watchful eye of the bicycle owner, with film director and producer Guy Ritchie even falling sufferer to his actions.
He caught Guy utilizing his telephone whereas crawling in site visitors and reported the incident to the police.
“He was completely gentlemanly, I could not respect that extra,” mentioned the YouTuber of the incident.
Guy ended up being banned from driving for six months.
Despite his interest incomes him some grief from drivers and trolls on-line, BikingMikey stresses the significance of what he’s doing makes it value it.
His father was killed by a drunk driver when he was 19, and he has mentioned: “I’m decided to assist others not must expertise such a highway dying themselves.”
For him, the work he does to get harmful drivers punished, and his publication of such movies on-line, have quite a lot of essential functions.
He mentioned: “Firstly it exhibits different folks what individuals are doing unsuitable on the highway and it makes folks conscious of how dangerous it may be on the market.
“Second is persuading different folks to additionally begin recording stuff like this. The extra folks which can be doing this the higher driving normal that you should have, the extra folks might be cautious to not do stuff like that.
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“That’s all we’re actually asking is for folks to drive in accordance with the phrases of their license which is not actually an excessive amount of.
“I believe most individuals do attempt to drive like that however some folks have gotten very careless.”
According to the Department for Transport there have been 1,752 reported highway deaths in 2019, highlighting the lethal consequence that harmful driving can have.
It is obvious that whereas taking shortcuts or utilizing your telephone whereas in site visitors can appear to be a innocent offence, the results could be monumental.
For cyclists like Mikey, these examples of harmful driver are all too widespread, however he appears decided to proceed his work in making certain that London’s roads are protected for all.
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