Cyclist nearly hit by NHS van after getting back on bike for first time in 20 years


This is the heart-stopping moment a cyclist was nearly crushed by a turning NHS van on the streets of Edinburgh.

The cyclist, known only as Stephen, was hit by a car while out on his bike 20 years ago, and had only recently mustered up the confidence to get back in the saddle.

Footage shows Stephen travelling along a street in Edinburgh, where a white NHS van pulls out in front of him before immediately signalling to turn left, cutting the cyclist up and nearly hitting him.

The footage was posted online, where the Daily Mail reports Stephen wrote: "I've only just got back on the bike after an unfortunate accident a long time ago.

"Twenty years ago as a teenager I had a crash on my Road Bike with a car and broke my wrist. After that, I did not get back on a bike until two weeks ago.

"It's taken a long time to take the plunge and it's because of careless and dangerous drivers like this."

However, the clip has received mixed responses, with many pointing out that the cyclist was in the wrong.

One commenter wrote: "Van pulls out; cyclist fails to brake then tried to go up the inside of the van as it is turning left. Conclusion, stupid cyclist."

Another added: "Sorry, but the cyclist was undertaking. The cyclist is in the wrong here."

Thankfully, no one was seriously injured in the incident.