Bike hor­ror

Car pas­sen­ger’s ac­tions were akin to at­tempted mur­der says cy­clist

Rutherglen Reformer - - Front Page - Edel Ke­nealy

A Cam­bus­lang cy­clist had a lucky es­cape when thugs in a car tried to push him from his bike.

Andy Dixon, 45, was trav­el­ling on Cairns Road on Mon­day when the ter­ri­fy­ing in­ci­dent hap­pened.

A Cam­bus­lang cy­clist has said the pas­sen­ger of a car who at­tempted to shove him off his bike “could have taken a fa­ther away from his chil­dren”.

Andy Dixon, who was cy­cling along Carins Road when the pas­sen­ger of a car leaned out of the win­dow and pushed him, says his ac­tions are akin to at­tempted mur­der.

The fa­ther of two was speak­ing to the Re­former on Mon­day, March 28 hours af­ter a car - pos­si­bly a white Peu­geot 208 - slowed down along­side him at 6.45am near Cam­bus­lang Park.

He said: “I no­ticed the car was slow­ing down and I wasn’t quite sure what was hap­pen­ing. I felt two hands grab my arm. He pushed me three times, three re­ally good con­certed shoves out of the pas­sen­ger side of the ve­hi­cle. At that point I shouted and they sped off.”

Andy, who cy­cles to work ev­ery day in Hilling­ton and clocks up 6,000 miles a year, said he has never seen any­one act so dan­ger­ously.

The IT an­a­lyst who lives on Gil­bert­field Road said: “I have been on the road for 10 years and gen­er­ally speak­ing the level of driv­ing is pretty high.

“This is a whole other level of danger. My wife could have been putting me in the ground today and that’s the bot­tom line.”

Wor­ried about other cy­clists in Cam­bus­lang, Andy looked into why this may have hap­pened and says he found it had been a fad on Face­book, where peo­ple had recorded such in­ci­dents and up­loaded them to so­cial me­dia.

He said it ap­peared to be a craze in 2015 and again at the start of 2016.

Asked what he would say to those re­spon­si­ble for the in­ci­dent - whom he be­lieves was thought­less young­sters, Andy added: “They could have taken a fa­ther away from his chil­dren. This wasn’t a joke, this was putting an­other road user in in­cred­i­ble danger.

“It’s not too ex­treme to say it’s like at­tempted mur­der. What the hell were they play­ing at? I would have to say to these peo­ple if they think they can get away with it, they should know they could kill some­one next time. “It’s not big, it’s not clever, it’s not funny.” At 6.45am on a bank holiday Mon­day, the roads in Cam­bus­lang were rel­a­tively quiet, but police have ap­pealed for any po­ten­tial wit­nesses or any­one with in­for­ma­tion on the in­ci­dent to come for­ward. Any­one with in­for­ma­tion can con­tact the com­mu­nity polic­ing unit on tele­phone num­ber 101.

What the hell were they play­ing at?

Lucky es­cape Andy Dixon from Cam­bus­lang was left hor­ri­fied by his ex­pe­ri­ence

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