Manchester 'secret cyclist' captures bad driving on helmet camera

Drivers, pedestrians and fellow cyclists all filmed making bad decisions on Manchester's roads

A helmet camera-wearing cyclist has posted a video on YouTube showing examples of bad driving in Manchester.

Coming under the name MCR Cyclist on the video sharing website, the 24-year-old has posted around 50 videos in the last five years and his latest one is a compilation of the worst incidents he has been involved in.

His videos have attracted the attention of the police as well as motorists who have since apologised after seeing the footage again or, in some cases, abused him online. He wishes to remain anonymous because of the abuse.

The video includes a car performing a U-turn just as the rider approaches the vehicle and a bus pulling into a bus stop when the cyclist is on the bus’ inside.

While all clips technically flout the law, some do appear slightly trivial. That, however, cannot be said of the clip that shows a man hanging his feet out the window of his car that is parked in a strictly-only cycle lane.

He told the Manchester Evening News that impatience, oblivious drivers, tailgating, over-steeping advanced safety zones and disregard to the Highway Code are what annoys him the most when cycling.

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Michelle Arthurs-Brennan

Michelle Arthurs-Brennan is a traditional journalist by trade, having begun her career working for a local newspaper, where highlights included interviewing a very irate Freddie Star (and an even more irate theatre owner), as well as 'the one about the stolen chickens'.

Previous to joining the Cycling Weekly team, Michelle was Editor at Total Women's Cycling. She joined CW as an 'SEO Analyst', but couldn't keep her nose out of journalism and in the spreadsheets, eventually taking on the role of Tech Editor before her latest appointment as Digital Editor. 

Michelle is a road racer who also enjoys track riding and the occasional time trial, though dabbles in off-road riding too (either on a mountain bike, or a 'gravel bike'). She is passionate about supporting grassroots women's racing and founded the women's road race team 1904rt.