Been sent some hectic footage of a road rage incident in Sea Point where a large group of cyclists are captured assaulting the driver of a stationary vehicle. The amateur footage captured several cyclists punching the driver, pepper spraying him and damaging his vehicle.
According to the person who filmed the incident, the leader of a group of cyclists narrowly missed a stationary vehicle and he reacted violently while several other cyclists got involved.
This from the person who filmed what happened.
“Earlier today I was driving on Beach Road towards Cape Town, just past the Pavilion. There are two lanes and I was in the right hand lane. I found myself approaching a bunch of about twenty cyclists, probably practicing for the Argus Cycle Tour. They were in the left lane, but many were riding abreast so some were even encroaching into the right hand lane, past the center line. Aware of the new 1.5 meter rule, I slowed to give them space and was unwilling to overtake. Further ahead was a stationary vehicle that was double parked but it went unnoticed by the leader of the group who was looking back and communicating to the rest of the team. The group were moving swiftly and only at the last second when the leader again faced forwards, did he see the vehicle…. Just in the nick of time. He had to swerve violently to avoid the vehicle and this obviously upset him. He stopped his bicycle abruptly and flew into a violent rage. The entire peleton pulled up in support and some followed his lead. I fumbled with my phone for valuable seconds and eventually got the camera going, and filmed the violence unfolding before me. You can clearly see how they battered the vehicle, bent the windscreen wipers, pepper sprayed the driver, tried to steal his keys, assaulted him with a bicycle wheel and punched him and the passenger in the face repeatedly. There was a lot more going down than what you can see in the video.”
That wasn’t the entire story and you should read the rest HERE.
I live on Beach Road and travel to Camps Bay several times a week and while i know that the majority of cyclists abide by the law and are good people, this type of thing doesn’t surprise me. All too often i see groups of cyclists acting like complete idiots, often aggressively towards motorists. Now i’m not saying motorists are without blame, but damn that is some seriously unneccessary sh*t from the cyclists.
No doubt this is gonna spark some serious debate.
What say you?
UPDATE: The Muhammedeyeh Cycling Club has suspended the two members that have been identified as the alleged perpetrators with immediate effect, a disciplinary hearing is in process.
Here’s part of their official statement:
We refer to the matter dated 2 March 2014. The chairman and the executive committee had a meeting on 3 March 2014 and resolved, as follows:
The Club vigorously and vehemently condemns the behaviour of the members in the manner they retaliated to this situation, which has been recorded and posted on social media.
The Club has never and never will condone these actions. The Club has suspended the two members that have been identified as the alleged perpetrators with immediate effect, a disciplinary hearing is in process.
The Club wishes to apologise to the affiliates, the Western Province Cycling Association,Pedal Power Association, Cycling South Africa , the Sponsors, Muhammedeyeh Primary School and the entire community at large for this unfortunate incident.
We also wish to extend our sincerest apologies to the Big Walk committee.
The Club has referred this incident together with the names of the few identified members to the Pedal Power Association and Western Province Cycling, who will institute disciplinary proceedings against these members.
The Club intends to co-operate to the fullest with these affiliates in order to assist them to expedite the disciplinary proceedings.
The club has the fullest faith in the legal justice system and the case must run its course in a transparent manner.”