EXCLUSIVE: Boris Johnson has a narrow escape
Boris Johnson was involved in a near miss in Limehouse this morning when a truck nearly dragged a car into the path of his bike.
The London mayor was among a group cycling along Narrow Street when the vehicle's doors swung open, catching on a car and dragging it along the road.
The parked vehicle was pulled several yards before the lorry managed to stop. Desipite its proximity to the entrance of the busy Ropemakers Field and the group of bikers, no one was hurt in the morning crash.
The entire incident was captured on a private security camera monitoring the Dunbar Wharf development on Narrow Street at 11.10am. The footage clearly shows the cyclists rounding the bend near Booty's bar with the truck on the outside. Its back doors then fly open and hook onto a parked car, lurching it from its spot and pulling it across the road.
After the vehicle comes to a stop, Mr Johnson can be seen crossing the road to survey the wreckage, dressed in a suit and tie.
One local resident who saw the footage said: "This great big truck just grabbed the car, spun it around and dragged it along the road. I've never seen anything like it. It could have been a catastrophe, but absolutely no one got hurt."
The Mayor's office revealed Boris was cycling in the area during one of his regular scouting expeditions around London for a possible "Cycle Super Highway". It confirmed that he escaped injury in the incident.
Mayor Boris Johnson said: "I am relieved that no-one was hurt, but this incident reinforces the need for us to make London's roads safer for cyclists, which I am determined to do and to make London the best city for cyclists in Europe.
"Cycle Super Highways, which are part of our record investment in cycling, will play a central role in this, providing clearly demarcated routes for cyclists that lorry drivers and others will be aware of."