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Pedestrian punches cyclist in the face for running Queen's Quay red light

An angry pedestrian was caught on video confronting a cyclist on the new Queen's Quay bike lane at Lower Simcoe, eventually punching him in the face.

Pedro Marques said he was walking his dog in the area, heard a bicycle braking and looked up to see the two men arguing in the crosswalk. When the argument escalated, he started filming.

It starts with the two men arguing.

"Why were you f---ing running through a red light?" the pedestrian yells. "Why were you running through a red light?"

"I slammed on my brakes. I was skidding," the cyclist responds. "I skidded man, f--- you."

Then, the pedestrian starts kicking the cyclist's bike and the cyclist tells him to "f--- off."

"Really?" the pedestrian responds, then punches the cyclist in the face with his left fist, hard enough for the sound of it connecting to be audible on the video.

"Are you f---ing kidding me, man?" the cyclist responds, and throws down his bike.

"You almost ran me over. Are you kidding me? You ran me over me. Are you kidding me? Are you kidding me? Are you kidding me?" the pedestrian says, getting louder and louder. "I live on this street and you're running me over."

At that point, things cool down as passersby intervene.

The videotaped encounter adds weight to safety concerns that have been raised since the newly redesigned Queen's Quay was unveiled several weeks ago.

According to Marques, no one called the police and both left.

"I'm both a pedestrian and a cyclist and I get pissed off when I see cyclists run a red, especially on Queen's Quay where there are all these pedestrians," said Marques.

"I think the pedestrian was upset about the whole Queen's Quay thing, where you constantly see these cyclists running reds and hitting pedestrians, or almost hitting pedestrians."