A SHOCKING video reveals a bike owner and his cat being knocked off his bike by a passing moped – earlier than an onlooking policewoman “scolds” him for not sporting a helmet.
Travis Nelson was out on a rental bike in Farringdon, Central London yesterday (MON) together with his cat Sigrid, who sits inside his handlebar basket.
Nonetheless, the pair’s peaceable experience was reduce brief after a moped driver, seemingly desperate to get by means of a light-weight, reduce previous, knocking Travis’s handlebar and sending each he and Sigrid tumbling onto the highway.
So as to add insult to harm, the collision was witnessed by a policewoman who proceeded to inform Travis he ought to have been sporting a helmet, earlier than dismissing each the bike owner and the offending moped driver.
The stunning video reveals Travis coming to a halt at a set of visitors lights, together with his white moggy Sigrid sitting comfortably within the basket in entrance of him.
Because the lights flip inexperienced, Travis units off however can not acquire any velocity earlier than a moped zips previous his proper aspect and collides with him.
Sigrid is subsequently tossed from her basket and comes perilously near being struck by the moped driver, who initially seems to hold on.
Travis, who’s sprawled beneath his bike on the highway, shortly grabs his cat earlier than she will be able to run off in concern, earlier than righting himself and getting Sigrid settled again in her basket.
The clip then cuts to moments later after an undercover police automotive has pulled up behind Travis and a feminine officer asks: “Are you alright?”
Travis confirms he’s superb earlier than the officer says: “You’ve not obtained a helmet on… I’d actually advocate sporting a helmet.”
The officer then checks on the moped driver who cheekily remarks: “Be sure you’re protected and every part earlier than you get again onto your bike.”
Travis as soon as once more confirms he’s okay earlier than parting methods with the officer and the moped driver, with no additional motion taken.
Travis shared the video to social media yesterday (MON) with the caption: “Impatient, shut passing moped driver knocked us off our bike in the present day.
“Happily, the police (?) have been proper behind us, so they might scold me for not sporting a helmet after which go away. First day without work my bike since 2007.
“Sigrid is okay; my knee is tousled, can’t experience for a bit.”
The clip has obtained over 4,200 likes and greater than 1,000 feedback with customers divided over who’s at fault.
One consumer mentioned: “You veered throughout the bike’s path.
“All that wants doing right here is informing the RSPCA as a result of by your individual admission you don’t like stopping at purple lights however you’re wilfully placing that cat in hurt’s means.”
One other added: “I believe you’re arguing with everybody for no cause. Put on head safety. Hold the cat protected. You just about misplaced him.
“Drive with an eye fixed to everybody else’s security and also you’ll hopefully keep protected too. You already know you almost misplaced him? That’d play on my thoughts. Hold protected.”
Nonetheless, a 3rd replied: “Glad you and Sigrid are okay. Unacceptable behaviour from the moped driver.
“Would nonetheless advocate the helmet, although. As an ED nurse, I’ve seen means too many life-threatening/life-changing head accidents from individuals not sporting them.”
One other commented: “Glad to listen to you’re each okay.
“Sorry it occurred, sadly far too widespread in London and even the police who’re supposed to guard us are sufferer blaming. Unbelievable. See you and Sigi round.”
A fifth remarked: “Ouch. Poor using from the moped there however not less than no one was critically harm, and the bike was a rental.”