Shocking moment driver threatens to ‘knock cyclist off his bike’ in Clapham after being asked about using a mobile

Patrick Grafton-Green

This is the shocking moment a driver threatens to knock a cyclist off his bike after being questioned about using a mobile phone at the wheel.

Lee Christensen was cycling along Clapham High Street when he noticed the van driver, who appeared to looking at his mobile.

Filming the whole incident from his helmet, the 41-year-old pulled up next to the window of the vehicle shortly after, but was met with a barrage of insults.

He told the Standard: “I was just coming behind the car.

“He was 100 meters from the car in front, the traffic was backed up behind him, and often you know when that’s the case a driver’s on the phone.

“He stopped at the lights so I got next to him and told him that’s a £200 fine and six points on your licence.

Mr Christensen was met with a barrage of abuse when he questioned the driver (Lee Christensen)

“He said I was just looking at my sat nav, it doesn’t matter, what difference does it make for you.

"He started swearing a bit.

“He told me that he’d knock me off my bike.”

Mr Christensen, who cycles to work in central London, said he often comes across drivers using mobiles phones, but added he can find it difficult to reason with them.

He said: “There’s no point arguing or making a reasoned argument with them, I don’t often stop and chat to drivers that do things like that, there is almost no point.

The cyclist had earlier seen the driver appearing to use his phone (Lee Christensen)

“They just get abusive to you or shrug it off like they don’t know what’s going on.

“It is always the drivers that are behaving badly anyway that get aggressive.

“He’s just lucky I wasn’t a police officer.”

He added that he’d reported the incident, which happened on March 8 at 5.45pm, to police via an online Roadsafe form.

By using Yahoo you agree that Yahoo and partners may use Cookies for personalisation and other purposes