4-year-old video of cyclist getting knocked down by ComfortDelgro taxi goes viral, netizens repeat expression of anti-cyclist sentiments

Likely because of the cyclist.

Matthias Ang | January 8, 06:47 pm

Perhaps in the wake of recent news involving cyclists and their behaviour, anti-cyclist sentiment seems to be running strong.

On Jan. 5, Facebook user Steven Tan shared a video showing an accident involving a cyclist and a Comfort Delgro cab at a junction.

The video has since gone viral with over 5,000 shares, along with over a thousand comments on the video.

Here is the post:

In case you can’t see the video:

Here’s the post’s caption:

“Serves him right right right…..”

Old video that was put up in 2015

Perhaps the most important thing to note is that Tan’s video is actually an old video that was first put up nearly four years ago in May 2015 by the Facebook group Singapore Reckless Drivers.

Back then, the post garnered over 600 shares and over 350 comments on the video.

At that time, the post captioned the video as:

Reckless cyclist accident involved with a comfort taxi. Very dangerous way to cycle on the road. Who will be at fault if there’s no car cam? You decide.”

Breakdown of the accident

At the start of the video, the car from which the accident was filmed is stationary, with traffic on the opposite side moving.

A cyclist is also seen coming in from the left of the car, heading into the oncoming traffic.

The cyclist can then be seen attempting to weave past the oncoming cars, only to get knocked down by an oncoming Comfort Delgro taxi.

Which brings many of the vehicles behind the taxi to a halt.

Comments expressed the same sentiment in both posts

One common thread that ran through both posts was that many netizens who reacted to the video, then and now, had little sympathy for the cyclist, slamming him instead for his reckless behaviour.

Here are some of the comments on the May 2015 post:

Screenshot from Singapore Reckless Drivers Facebook
Screenshot from Singapore Reckless Drivers Facebook
Screenshot from Singapore Reckless Drivers Facebook
Screenshot from Singapore Reckless Drivers Facebook
Screenshot from Singapore Reckless Drivers Facebook

And here are some of the comments from Tan’s post on Jan. 5, 2019:

Screenshot from Steven Tan Facebook
Screenshot from Steven Tan Facebook
Screenshot from Steven Tan Facebook
Screenshot from Steven Tan Facebook
Screenshot from Steven Tan Facebook
Screenshot from Steven Tan Facebook

Resentment with errant cyclists is not new

The reactions and comments for the same video four years apart can be seen as an indication that sentiment against errant cyclists have not softened.

That many netizens identified with the lorry driver in the wake of the Pasir Ris accident, in Dec. 2018, exposed the extent of the resentment against the perceived bourgeois attitude of errant cyclists, given that cycling as a hobby is seen as an expensive undertaking.

For many netizens, that particular incident was a cathartic release of that resentment.

S’pore internet vigilantes wrongly identify cyclist who whacked lorry’s side mirror

The same can be said of this four-year-old video of a cyclist getting knocked down by a taxi, which is going far more viral with its repost by Tan on Jan. 5, than when it was first posted in May 2015.

It’s a resentment that’s here’s to stay unfortunately.

How the global community sees such incidents:

Pasir Ris cyclist incident: Global reddit community accuses lorry of disproportionate reaction

Top image collage screenshots from Singapore Reckless Drivers Facebook

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