Shocking moment, dozens of cyclists ‘terrorize road users’ as they pull wheelies, run red lights and weave through central London traffic
- Footage shows 50 young people running through a red light and weaving through traffic
- Drivers complained that cyclists intimidated other road users and pedestrians
- It is thought that the riders took part in the biennial ride called BikeStormz
Motorists have hit a large group of young motorcyclists who were filmed pulling wheelies and weaving through traffic in central London.
The incident was caught on camera by a taxi driver who described their behavior as “unacceptable” and called on the Met Police to act.
The mass ride is said to be linked to an anti-knife crime campaign that draws thousands of riders to the events every year to encourage young people to come together and turn away from violence.
But critics have said the riders are behaving antisocially, have little regard for their own safety and intimidate other road users.
The footage was captured as the taxi driver was driving down Sloane Street in central London when the vehicle was overtaken by a gang of about 50 young cyclists.
The video shows the cyclists pulling wheelies and swinging through traffic that was forced to stop as the bikes cycled straight through a red light.
The driver said the cyclists were “aggressive” and “terrorized other drivers and pedestrians without a police officer in sight.”
Motorists shot at a large group of cyclists in central London yesterday afternoon who were filmed driving through red lights and weaving through traffic pulling wheelies.
The video was shared on Twitter and sparked concern among other social media users.
One said: ‘Past tense to register cyclists and their bikes must have visible number plates and insurance.
‘Car drivers have to and it seems that we obey the law more than cyclists. Should also pass a bicycle skills test, as we used to have to make cycling possible in built-up areas.’
Another added: ‘So much for safe cycling, exactly what I mean, no respect for other drivers who actually pay to use the roads, it’s ap*** take. The sooner this experiment ends, the better.’
Others described similar sightings near Marble Arch, Mayfair and Trafalgar Square, saying cyclists intimidated pedestrians.
A third user said: ‘It’s a protest against knife crime, something that we normal Londoners get behind.’
Drivers expressed frustration at the massive drive through central London yesterday afternoon
The group of cyclists is said to be part of an anti-knife crime movement called #Bikestormz that takes place twice a year.
During the mass ride, young people take to the streets of London as part of a knife crime protest in the capital, which aims to bring young people from different backgrounds together.
The event started in Southwark Park yesterday morning and those cycling through central London yesterday afternoon are believed to have been part of the same group.
The group also uses the slogan ‘knives down bikes up’ to encourage young people to join the group instead of using violence.
Group leaders claim cyclists are expected to respect traffic rules, but footage shared yesterday under the Bikestormz hashtag shows riders cycling on sidewalks, on the wrong side of the road and performing tricks in the middle of traffic.
And while the movement has received widespread support, often drawing thousands of cyclists to its events, critics have expressed concerns about the safety of cyclists and other road users as they ride through the capital.
The Met Police have been contacted for comment.