Road Rage & Cycle Insurance


Written by Alex Bennett

Social media executive

An elderly company director is facing jail following a shocking, unprovoked attack on a teenage cyclist.

Michael Hanley, 69, was convicted of deliberately mowing down a 17 year old cyclist and then beating him up, in an astounding case of road rage.

Mr Hanley was behind the wheel of a 4x4 Cherokee Jeep when the teenager simply cycled in front of his vehicle as he waited at traffic lights in stationary traffic.

This perfectly legal manoeuvre was enough to incense the 69 year old, who began hugging the back tyre of the youngsters bicycle with his Jeep, beeping his horn aggressively and flashing his lights.

The boy was eventually knocked from his bike after trying to escape Hanley’s aggression by veering onto a dirt path, only for the company director to clip his shin with his vehicle.

With the teenager lying on the floor injured, Mr Hanley then proceeded to exit his vehicle and told him:

“Little s*** - you’ve done this”, going on to say to a shocked passing motorist: “Did you see what he was doing? He was weaving all over the road”.

Hanley then grabbed the boy’s shirt and punched him in the face, before smashing his OWN wing mirror in a fit of rage.

The boy’s bike – only six months old and costing £2,500 – was written off in the incident.

Mr Hanley was found guilty of dangerous driving and common assault following a trial at Manchester Magistrates’ Court.

The boy told the court via video link:

“Mr Hanley went round to his left hand wing mirror and then ripped it off himself. I was on the floor but got up whilst he was shouting at me and was being very aggressive. He grabbed hold of my shirt and tried to drag me towards his car. I got free of him and ran towards my bike but he grabbed my shirt and turned me round and punched me. Then he got in his car and drove off.

''The bike is irreparable. I went round several bike shops and they said its worth practically nothing now. The incident has affected me quite badly and I wasn’t fully myself for weeks following it. I lost my confidence and from now on I’ll feel more cautious on the roads if I get another bike.”

This unfortunate incident highlights the dangers everyday cyclists face out on the UK roads from aggressive motorists.

This is why at Velosure, all our policyholders are covered where they need it most, with a specific Road Rage cover coming as standard should you be involved in an unsavoury incident.

What’s more, also included is accidental damage and public liability protection up to £2million.

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*Based on cycle with home and away cover to the value of £500. Finance example: 12 monthly payments of £4.21 per month. Total cost for credit £4.59. APR 21.41%. Total amount payable £50.51. Finance provider is Close Brothers Premium Finance. Subject to affordability.