It’s a dangerous parody to make, but the guys at Broken Toaster TV have put together a spoof sketch mimicking a cyclist overreacting to a not-so close pass from a van driver.
Social media shaming has become commonplace in all walks of life, including between cyclists and motorists, with YouTube awash with videos of close passes, not-so close passes and irate drivers.
In a video uploaded a few weeks ago, we saw a cyclist in Reading chase down a car and goad the driver into a confrontation, leading to the driver tumbling head first into the road.
This parody, staring Ben Adams, Andrew Shire and Andy ‘Twigz’ Ranger, sees the cyclist chasing a van, which passes a good two metres away, down several roads, verbally abuse the driver, chase him some more and threaten him with sending the video to the police.
There’s a surprise at the end, so we won’t spoil it for you.
The video seems to have been taken in the intended spirit on YouTube, with prolific uploader of cycling close passes Dr Morocho posting: “Classic, you even copied my shutter camera effect.”