VIDEO: Bus driver calls cyclist a 'knob' in High Street Croydon - Transport for London says sorry

A screenshot from the video (YouTube / 4ChordsNoNet)

A screenshot from the video (YouTube / 4ChordsNoNet)

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Transport for London has apologised to a cyclist after he posted a video on You Tube of a bus driver calling him a "knob."

John Richardson, 53, was riding along High Street when a 119 bus drove past, almost cutting him up.

Mr Richardson published this video on YouTube (4ChordsNoNet)

The cyclist rode up to the bus to confront the driver in Katharine Street and an argument about whether the manouvre was safe ended in the bus driver calling him a "knob."

The cyclist, who runs a YouTube channel uploading videos of his experiences on a bike in Croydon, complained to TfL and Metrobus, who run the bus service.

A letter back from TfL said: "I understand how you must have felt after this experience and appreciate your concern. Please accept my apologies.

"The safety of our passengers and other road users is of paramount importance to us.

"It is essential that London's bus drivers promote a positive image of London buses, as well as operating their bus safely and competently."


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2:11pm Thu 24 Apr 14

PeterM says...

Cue the 'All cyclists jump red lights/cycle on the pavement' 'Helmets/Hi-Viz' 'Road Tax' comments.
Cue the 'All cyclists jump red lights/cycle on the pavement' 'Helmets/Hi-Viz' 'Road Tax' comments. PeterM
  • Score: 4

9:30am Fri 25 Apr 14

myopinionmyview says...

Sorry but many a time have I been driving and a cyclist has cut me up or overtaken me OR stopped at a light, rested ON my car before taking off crashing a red light and nearly knocking over a pedestrian.
He had plenty of space and is in fact a knob.
Sorry but many a time have I been driving and a cyclist has cut me up or overtaken me OR stopped at a light, rested ON my car before taking off crashing a red light and nearly knocking over a pedestrian. He had plenty of space and is in fact a knob. myopinionmyview
  • Score: 5

11:18am Fri 25 Apr 14

Hyper-Deactive says...

Is the person in the Video the same one who seems to go round all over Bromley looking for trouble with motorists ?
Is the person in the Video the same one who seems to go round all over Bromley looking for trouble with motorists ? Hyper-Deactive
  • Score: 6

12:43pm Fri 25 Apr 14

PeterM says...

Hyper-Deactive wrote:
Is the person in the Video the same one who seems to go round all over Bromley looking for trouble with motorists ?
I don't think so, his name is, I think, Mikey and he rides a recumbent bike, i.e. one where you lie down to ride it.
[quote][p][bold]Hyper-Deactive[/bold] wrote: Is the person in the Video the same one who seems to go round all over Bromley looking for trouble with motorists ?[/p][/quote]I don't think so, his name is, I think, Mikey and he rides a recumbent bike, i.e. one where you lie down to ride it. PeterM
  • Score: 2

1:04pm Fri 25 Apr 14

ArfurTowcrate says...

myopinionmyview wrote:
Sorry but many a time have I been driving and a cyclist has cut me up or overtaken me OR stopped at a light, rested ON my car before taking off crashing a red light and nearly knocking over a pedestrian.
He had plenty of space and is in fact a knob.
A cyclist overtook you - how dare they. What an outrage. Tsk tsk
[quote][p][bold]myopinionmyview[/bold] wrote: Sorry but many a time have I been driving and a cyclist has cut me up or overtaken me OR stopped at a light, rested ON my car before taking off crashing a red light and nearly knocking over a pedestrian. He had plenty of space and is in fact a knob.[/p][/quote]A cyclist overtook you - how dare they. What an outrage. Tsk tsk ArfurTowcrate
  • Score: 0

8:42pm Sat 26 Apr 14

john nunn says...

It seems as though the cyclist feels that he owns the road....nothing unusual there. People like him are far more dangerous than any other road users because THEY HAVE NO RESPECT for any other road users. Of course they have a right to use this road but I consider this one to be an abuser.
It seems as though the cyclist feels that he owns the road....nothing unusual there. People like him are far more dangerous than any other road users because THEY HAVE NO RESPECT for any other road users. Of course they have a right to use this road but I consider this one to be an abuser. john nunn
  • Score: 0

9:41pm Sat 26 Apr 14

PeterM says...

john nunn wrote:
It seems as though the cyclist feels that he owns the road....nothing unusual there. People like him are far more dangerous than any other road users because THEY HAVE NO RESPECT for any other road users. Of course they have a right to use this road but I consider this one to be an abuser.
john I'm a little curious to see why you think that this cyclist is an abuser.

He didn't seem to do anything wrong.
[quote][p][bold]john nunn[/bold] wrote: It seems as though the cyclist feels that he owns the road....nothing unusual there. People like him are far more dangerous than any other road users because THEY HAVE NO RESPECT for any other road users. Of course they have a right to use this road but I consider this one to be an abuser.[/p][/quote]john I'm a little curious to see why you think that this cyclist is an abuser. He didn't seem to do anything wrong. PeterM
  • Score: 0

3:55pm Wed 30 Apr 14

Moominmumma says...

and the clip of him at the Swan and Sugar Loaf, where's that? If he did nearly kill some old bloke at the Swan and Sugar Loaf, then he is a knob
and the clip of him at the Swan and Sugar Loaf, where's that? If he did nearly kill some old bloke at the Swan and Sugar Loaf, then he is a knob Moominmumma
  • Score: 0

4:01pm Wed 30 Apr 14

PeterM says...

Moominmumma wrote:
and the clip of him at the Swan and Sugar Loaf, where's that? If he did nearly kill some old bloke at the Swan and Sugar Loaf, then he is a knob
Look at the video and in the description the cyclist appears to have posted a link to that video.

IMHO the bus driver is exaggerating things.
[quote][p][bold]Moominmumma[/bold] wrote: and the clip of him at the Swan and Sugar Loaf, where's that? If he did nearly kill some old bloke at the Swan and Sugar Loaf, then he is a knob[/p][/quote]Look at the video and in the description the cyclist appears to have posted a link to that video. IMHO the bus driver is exaggerating things. PeterM
  • Score: 0

9:51am Thu 1 May 14

jackrussell1960 says...

sounds like that clown gypo joe has got himself a bike! lol
sounds like that clown gypo joe has got himself a bike! lol jackrussell1960
  • Score: 1

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