A motorist who was involved in an alleged road rage incident with Jeremy Vine has said his “dangerous” cycling provoked her foul-mouthed response.
Vine, a Radio 2 presenter, shared the footage of the alleged road rage incident with his Facebook and Twitter followers on Tuesday. The 51-year-old filmed the “horrible moment” on a helmet-mounted camera while cycling home in Kensington, London after hosting his show on Friday 26 August.
In the video which has been viewed half a million times on Facebook, a car can be seen approaching the rear of his bike, driving closely behind him and beeping. Vine claims he was worried about how close the driver was to him so slowed down in order to tell them he has to be a car’s width from the parked cars.
The female motorist then stopped the car and shouted: “Why would you do that?” before approaching him. Vine alleges the driver then “kicked out” at the bike. Following this, she appears to launch into an expletive-ridden tirade, shouting: “Get the f*** out the road […]f*** off[…] you lot p*ss me off.”
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The driver has now said it was Vine’s “dangerous” driving which prompted her to make an “emergency stop”.
“He made me look impatient but he was riding on the pavement and came out on to the road in front of me, with no hand signals,” Shayna, a 22-year-old student from Brixton in South London who did give her full surname, told The Sun.
“The road had parking on either side. He was dangerous. He pulled out in front of me, making me have to make an emergency stop. Then he had the arrogance and cheek to block me in the middle of the road, that’s what set me off.”
“Cyclists feel that they can just come into the middle of the road. It’s not right. And to top it off he followed me after,” she added. “He made out that I attacked him, and I’m an angry woman. I was provoked but I’ve been portrayed as a psycho.”
The motorist said the police had not made contact with her so far.
A representative for Vine told The Independent the police had all the evidence available.
“If this lady thinks she has a right to kick, verbally abuse and threaten other road users, then she is even more dangerous than I thought,” a representative said. “The police have all the evidence and we should wait for them to decide what offences were committed.”
At the time, Vine explained he had been compelled to share the footage because he was worried about the motorist's anger. “I hate to overload out hard-working London police with footage from my commute, but I feel the person you see on the tape will at some point hurt someone very badly - either with her car or in a direct personal assault. See what you think," he wrote on Facebook.