A cyclist who recorded a Dublin Bus driver repeatedly tell him “I’ll run you over”, has yet to be contacted by the bus company. The confrontation started when the bus driver entered a cycle lane which the cyclist was already occupying.
The lack of contact from the company is despite Dublin Bus taking the time to issue a statement to the media last Thursday, saying it received a complaint from the cyclist and that it is investigating.
Last night, the cyclist, Liam Phelan, confirmed that Dublin Bus has yet to contact him. He told IrishCycle.com yesterday that: “I have emailed Dublin Bus a driver complaint email, but only got auto response so-far.”
He is now considering reporting the matter to the Gardai.
Phelan recorded the event on his helmet camera and uploaded it to YouTube. After it appeared on Broadsheet.ie the clip went viral — as of tonight it has been viewed 278,277 times. It was also reported on by a number of national and local media websites and radio stations.
The video shows Phelan cycling in a cycle lane on Dublin’s north quays — as he cycles up alongside a Dublin Bus tri-axle bus, the bus starts to move into the cycle lane. It appears that the indicator on the bus, located near the front passenger door, is only activated when Phelan is nearly along side it and after the driver has started moving towards the kerb.
The YouTube clip then shows Phelan speeding up and getting on front of the bus, the bus driver appears to follow, and overtaking a second cyclist before turning towards a bus stop.
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However, the driver does not pull into the stop and the bus remains outside the bus stop markings while the passenger doors open and a passenger appears to exit the bus — IrishCycle.com understands that stopping like this away from the kerb is against Dublin Bus rules.
Phelan confronts the driver at this stage and starts talking about the driver swinging the bus towards him when he was in the cycle lane. The bus driver interrupts, and referring to Phelan cycling on front of the bus, he says: “If you want to die, just go in front of me, I’ll run you over, no problem”.
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A statement from Dublin Bus said: “Dublin Bus drivers undergo an extensive training programme where they are trained to the highest standard. Each driver undergoes an annual module of the Certificate for Professional Competence Programme (CPC) and refresher training every two years. In addition to this further driver training is provided as required. Dublin Bus uses the most advanced driver training techniques and has a Vigil Vanguard system in place which provides practical on the road training with individual driver feedback.”
It added: “All training undertaken by Dublin Bus includes a strong emphasis on cyclist safety, and in particular how drivers should at all times be aware of cyclists moving in and around their vehicles. This includes the importance of maintaining proper road position to afford adequate space to cyclists and raising awareness around the checking of blind spots where cyclists might suddenly appear.”
“Dublin Bus has today received a complaint about an incident involving a cyclist which occurred last Thursday May 28th and this complaint is being investigated fully. All incidents or accidents are investigated fully and if any breaches are found, appropriate action is taken internally.”