VIDEO | Bus driver defends cyclist hit by double decker
A bus driver has defended a cyclist who ran a red light and ploughed into the side of his double decker.
Shocking footage shows the cyclist riding up to the traffic lights in Manchester city centre and gliding through a red light before colliding head-on with the side of a double-decker bus and coming off his bike.
The footage then shows the bus continuing on its journey as the driver seems oblivious to the accident.
The film has so far clocked up thousands of views on Youtube.
The incident was filmed by a motorcyclist who was riding along Portland Street when he managed to capture the accident at the junction of Oxford Street on the afternoon of Monday May 18.
But since the MEN featured the footage, the bus driver has commented on our Facebook page saying he stopped and went back to check the cyclist, who was ‘very lucky’.
He also confirmed that the cyclist couldn’t stop as his brake cable snapped.
The driver wrote: “I was the driver of the bus and just to let everyone know I parked just round the corner and ran back.
“The cyclist was very lucky and only suffered a cut to one of his knuckles. Also in the cyclist’s defence his brake cable snapped and he couldn’t stop.
“Scariest thing that ever happened to me.”
The motorcyclist, known as Captf, published the footage on his Youtube channel as a warning to other road users. He wrote: “Very short one. On the way home tonight, witnessed a red light jumping cyclist meet the side of a bus. I have zero sympathies for the guy. But, he was OK in the end. If he had been 1 second sooner, he’d be a smear along the road.”
But replying on the Youtube channel, the cyclist said his brake cable snapped and he didn’t have enough time to slow down.
He said: “It was me. Thought i’d just get the lights, hence the speed. Realised it wasn’t happening, squeezed the front brake. Cable snapped. Not enough time to lose speed on back wheel in the wet. Not fun.”
He added: “It’s a fixed back wheel, front brake for urgent braking, pushing back on the pedals gives you controlled but sadly slower braking with the back wheel, so what you see is me pushing back as hard as i can but it’s a cr** bit of road surface and it was wet.”