Scots man calls for CCTV to keep cyclists safe after 'terrifying' attack on path

Fahad was cycling home when the incident happened in Scotsoun.
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A Scots has called for CCTV to be installed on cycle routes after he was left bleeding and bruised following an attack.

Fahad Shafiq, from Dalmarnock in Glasgow, had been travelling home from his work in Clydebank at around 6.10pm on Tuesday, June 25, when he spotted a group of youths on motorbikes who had stopped on cycle route 75.

The accountant reached a bridge over Harland Street in Scotstoun when one of the youths tried to kick at his bike as he passed. The youths then followed Fahad along the path - before kicking his front wheel - causing him to fall into the bushes while they laughed and drove away, reports Glasgow Live.

He said: "I usually drive into work but a couple of times a week I've started cycling. I've never had any problems until that day.

"I had made it about to the bridge over Harland Street when I noticed these two youths on motorbikes. They had stopped but as I was going past one of them tried to kick my bike.

"I kept going but they followed me for another 200 metres before kicking me off of the bike and I landed in the bushes. It was terrifying.

"I'm not sure if they were angry about something or just thought it was fun. But I was really traumatised by it. I don't think I'll be able to cycle to work or go out on the bike anytime soon."

Fahad was left badly bruised and cut after the attack.
Fahad was left badly bruised and cut after the attack. -Credit:Supplied

The cyclist says he has been left "struggling to move" following the attack which him with cuts and bruising to his ribs and knees.

Fahad is now calling for CCTV to be installed on cycle routes in Glasgow after he says he was told by police that they can't do anything as he was on the only witness of the attack.

He added: "When I was speaking to the police, a guy on the same motorbike drove past. They were always there, but the officers said because there was no CCTV they can't do anything because there is a slim chance of catching anyone.

"I thought the council were investing in and pushing cycling as an alternative way to travel instead of cars. But the existing routes are not safe.

"I feel let down, the council are promoting cycling with ULEZ and cycle routes but we don't have the safe infrastructure to allow that. How could I be safe on that path again? I don't think I could be.

"if they had kicked me while I was going over the bridge I could have landed on the street below and been seriously hurt."

Glasgow City Council has been contacted for comment.

A Police Scotland spokesperson said: “Around 6.10pm on Tuesday, 25 June, 2024, we received a report of a cyclist being assaulted by two men on a cycle path near Harland Street, Glasgow. Enquiries into the incident are ongoing.”

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