A Bristol cyclist has spoken of the terrifying moment a van driver attempted to run him over while he cycled through the city centre.
The Bristol Post reports that Eugene Conlon said when he confronted the driver, at a set of traffic lights, the man replied: “I’m going to kill one of you bloody cyclists”.
Conlon said he was riding through the city centre when he saw the Transit Van approaching. He claims the driver saw him and then changed directions, aiming his vehicle directly at the cyclist. He dived out of the way and narrowly missed the van.
“When I asked him what he was thinking, he replied it was a one-way street and that he thought I was going the wrong way. It isn’t a one-way street, I have worked on the street for many years.
“He then said ‘I’ll tell you what, one of these days I’m gonna kill one of you bloody cyclists’. He was driving a very large vehicle which he had used as a weapon.”
A police spokesman said: “We’re investigating following a report of a public order offence in St Thomas Street, Bristol, at about 3.40pm on Thursday 10 May. Enquiries are ongoing.”
“The police are very busy,” Conlon said. “They don’t have enough officers to look into each case of wrong-doings on the roads.
“It does feel like it’s been getting worse on the roads. I’ve been cycling for five years and in the last year there does seem like there’s been more incidents of cars being less tolerant towards cyclists.