Cyclist and bus driver argue over near collision


A bus driver has been caught on camera arguing with a cyclist who accused the driver of cutting him off on a busy shopping strip.

Cyclist Alec Tang tweeted the footage after the incident at Newmarket’s Broadway in Auckland on Monday, saying the driver needs to “learn the road rules”.

Vision from Mr Tang’s helmet camera shows him riding in the far left lane alongside parked cars.

The bus can then be seen indicating to merge from the middle lane, but appears not to check for bikes and almost ends up on top of Mr Tang.

A bus driver has been caught on camera arguing with a cyclist after a near collision. Photo: Twitter/ Alec Tang

As he rides up alongside the door, the bus driver beeps his horn and opens the doors.

“You know you just merged into me, without looking, without actually paying any attention to a cyclist?” Mr Tang says.

The bus driver responds: “You cannot take the whole lane”.

Mr Tang tells him he can ride wherever he likes in the lane and asks for his name.

Vision taken from Mr Tang’s helmet camera, shows the bus moving into the cyclist’s lane . Photo: Twitter/ Alec Tang

A police spokeswoman told Stuff.co.nz, the bus was unsafe when changing lanes.

“The cyclist has every right to use the lane on the road and unsafe or intimidating behaviour by larger vehicles against vulnerable road users should not be tolerated,” she said.

As he rides up alongside the door, the bus driver beeps his horn and opens the doors. Photo: Twitter/ Alec Tang