Incident between cyclist and taxi at junction opens debate as to who's at fault

The rider looks to be unhurt and the two parties leave with a handshake, but a debate has kicked off as to who was to blame

A video has surfaced of a minor collision between a cyclist and a taxi in London, but it is the nature of the incident that has sparked a debate over who was culpable.

Viewed carefully, the taxi can be seen to be indicating its intention to turn left off Edgware Road into a side street.

The footage was captured by a following cyclist, YouTube user Daz lin (opens in new tab), who was hanging back behind the involved rider.

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Another cycle commuter undertakes the slow moving taxi before it's reached the junction, but the next rider proceeds down the inside after the cab after it appears to begin moving towards the junction.

YouTube commenter Stuart Matthews said: "50/50 for me, totally agree the taxi indicated and turned within a second, witch (sic) isn't enough time for others to react.

"On the other hand the cyclist was in abit (sic) of a dangerous place."

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Hope Abbott thought the blame lied entirely with the driver: "It's the taxi driver's fault, he started indicating so late. The cyclist didn't get a chance to see that he had indicated."

The car isn't moving at great speed so bumps the rider off his bike rather than completely smashing into him. The low speed also means the taxi comes to a full halt before running over the bike or cyclist.

The video ends with the cyclist and taxi driver shaking hands and going their separate ways, with no obvious damage to rider, bike or taxi.

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Jack Elton-Walters hails from the Isle of Wight, and would be quick to tell anyone that it's his favourite place to ride. He has covered a varied range of topics for Cycling Weekly, producing articles focusing on tech, professional racing as well as cycling culture. He moved on to work for Cyclist magazine in 2017.