Moment car drives along busy two-way cycle lane during rush hour in central London

Moment car drives along busy two-way cycle lane during rush hour as bikers are forced to jump out of the way to avoid collision

  • The footage was captured on Royal Mint Street near the Tower of London
  • TikTok user Cycling-in-London posted the clip of a driver in the busy cycle lane
  • Cyclists forced to swerve onto the main road to avoid a collision with the car 

A shocking video shows the moment a car enters a busy two-way cycle lane during rush hour in central London as bikers are forced to jump out of the way to avoid a collision. 

The footage was captured during the cyclist’s commute home on Royal Mint Street towards Cable Street in Tower Hamlets, near the Tower of London.

TikTok user @Cycling-In-London posted the footage online, which has now racked up 400,000 views. 

The vehicle is seen going across a junction and, instead of going into the lane designated for cars, the driver instead goes into the bi-directional cycle lane.

The filmer is heard shouting ‘oi’ and ringing their bell repeatedly as cyclists coming from the other direction come to a halt to avoid the oncoming vehicle before it eventually rejoins the correct lane.

A shocking video shows the moment a car enters a busy two-way cycle lane during rush hour in central London

A shocking video shows the moment a car enters a busy two-way cycle lane during rush hour in central London

TikTok user @Cycling-In-London posted the footage online, which has now racked up 400,000 views

TikTok user @Cycling-In-London posted the footage online, which has now racked up 400,000 views

Cyclists are seen being forced to swerve into traffic on the main road to avoid the vehicle as the TikToker shouts: ‘Get out the f**king road!’

The end of the video shows the driver finally return to the main road, as the cyclist breathes a sigh of relief and says ‘there we go!’ 

The filmer said: ‘I was cycling home from work, it’d be about a 20-minute ride, when I noticed the driver enter the cycle lane.

‘While it did look like an accident, the driver took quite a long time to leave, despite several dropped curbs along the way.

‘I was worried more for cyclists coming in other direction than my own safety as it’s a bidirectional cycle lane, and I was very worried when cyclists had to take evasive action.

‘From what others have said since posting it’s a regular occurrence on this section. 

The route is part of the Cycle Superhighway 3, which runs from Barking in east London to Lancaster Gate in central London and is a popular route with commuter and leisure cyclists. 

From June this year Transport for London said it may issue a Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) to drivers if they drive over the white line of a cycle lane when not permitted. 

Cars are allowed to enter the cycle lane if they are turning left or accessing a property. 

The vehicle is seen going across a junction and, instead of going into the lane designated for cars, it goes onto the bi-directional cycle lane

The vehicle is seen going across a junction and, instead of going into the lane designated for cars, it goes onto the bi-directional cycle lane

The filmer is heard shouting 'oi' and ringing their bell repeatedly as cyclists coming from the other direction come to a halt to avoid the oncoming vehicle

The filmer is heard shouting ‘oi’ and ringing their bell repeatedly as cyclists coming from the other direction come to a halt to avoid the oncoming vehicle

The safety of cyclists on roads in the UK is a contentious issue. The number of fatalities increased by 40 per cent in 2020. 

In 2020 the government unveiled a £350million investment in cycle lanes across the UK to encourage people to travel by bike.  

Earlier this year the Highway Code was updated to give better protection to cyclists and expanded powers for fining motorists. 

This month a furious row was sparked between Jeremy Vine and former home secretary and chancellor Sajid Javid over a car driving near to a five-year-old boy in Kingston, south west London. 

The latest post from @Cycling-in-London attracted controversy on TikTok. 

Mark Bailey said: ‘Seems fair. Cyclists use road when there is a cycle path. They are only doing the same.’

Alan said: ‘Well you go on the road, and we can go in the cycle lane, which cars pay for.’

Cycling in London responded: ‘One is illegal and dangerous, the other legal and safe. Congrats on the silly comparison.’ 

UserGuy32 said: ‘The problem here was a cycle lane being there in the first place.’

Joey said: ‘Cycle this route all the time. It’s a baffling junction for new drivers to that road, have a bit of calmness about you, easy mistake there.’

The latest post from @Cycling-in-London attracted controversy on TikTok

The latest post from @Cycling-in-London attracted controversy on TikTok

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