Video: Driver gives best excuse ever for close pass

Monty Python would be proud

by John Stevenson   March 11, 2014  

The best excuse for a close pass ever

Everyone's had a driver pass a bit too close and perhaps taken the chance to remonstrate with them at the next lights. YouTube helmet cammer matthew6476 asked a driver for a bit more room next time and got the best response ever from an apologetic but understandably preoccupied driver. 

Matthew's made the video private because, he says, he "cant be doing with the hassle from morons" on YouTube attacking him for posting videos. We've left it here in case he reconsiders.

Meantime, here's how it goes. The driver passes him without leaving much room. Matthew catches him at the next lights and taps on his window.

The driver rolls it down and Matthew asks: "Can you just give us a bit more room next time please?"

The driver opens the top of his coat to reveal a brightly-coloured bird as you can see in this still.

"I'm sorry," the driver replies, "but I've got a parrot dying on me."

Monty Python would be proud.

We hope the parrot pulled through.

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I'd have been tempted to say that I don't care if it's a fecking Norwegian Blue I could have been an 'ex-person' !

posted by IHphoto [95 posts]
11th March 2014 - 21:56

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I just made the mistake of reading the comments on youtube.

Even by the standards of that site, they're pretty repulsive. It's just a string of yobs threatening to punch him in the face, run him over and wishing his family had cancer.

It seems they're Radio 1 listeners, which featured it earlier. Nice.

posted by bikebot [497 posts]
11th March 2014 - 22:21

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Youtube parasites like the ones spoken of are known for being complete and utter scum, unfortunately it's what goes with the territory and being a helmet-cammer thats going to happen, right or wrong.

Personally I didn't think that was a close pass, not close enough to remonstrate with a driver at least, I am passed like that all the flippin' time. If the cyclist thinks that was a close pass to cause concern enough for him to catch the driver up and object like that he should perhaps consider leaving the bike at home.

posted by Critchio [106 posts]
11th March 2014 - 22:34

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Welcome to Scouse world. Standard response to any slight is death threats. Anyone slightly dissenting from that judgement is instantly a paedo (misspelt obviously).

posted by racyrich [117 posts]
11th March 2014 - 22:34

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Not so worried about his parrot that he left his mobile phone alone.

posted by Sara_H [53 posts]
11th March 2014 - 22:38

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Close ??? I'm from Merseyside and I'd say that was about average , if I remonstrated with every driver that passed me like that I would get my face caved in daily. Sometimes the head cam can make the wearer feel invincible and that's dangerous

posted by ratattat [33 posts]
11th March 2014 - 22:56

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Scouser or not that sounded an awful lot like "sorry". Never heard that from a driver before Applause

posted by TomTheFish [3 posts]
11th March 2014 - 22:59

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racyrich wrote:
Welcome to Scouse world. Standard response to any slight is death threats. Anyone slightly dissenting from that judgement is instantly a paedo (misspelt obviously).

Ah of course, because the footage is in liverpool, all the respondents onyoutube have to from liverpool - I get how this internet thing works now Laughing

posted by viveLaPants [90 posts]
11th March 2014 - 23:01

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racyrich wrote:
Welcome to Scouse world. Standard response to any slight is death threats. Anyone slightly dissenting from that judgement is instantly a paedo (misspelt obviously).

What an idiot, spelt correctly

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posted by Beefy [113 posts]
11th March 2014 - 23:04

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racyrich wrote:
Welcome to Scouse world. Standard response to any slight is death threats. Anyone slightly dissenting from that judgement is instantly a paedo (misspelt obviously).

What a sill thing to say (spelt correctly)

All southerners are orange

All cyclists run red lights

All scouters, are thugs,

Yorkshire police don't lie

Wake up my friend people are people good and bad all over the world in all walks of life. Nice people horrid people even silly people who think stereo types are real.

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posted by Beefy [113 posts]
11th March 2014 - 23:14

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Critchio wrote:
Youtube parasites like the ones spoken of are known for being complete and utter scum, unfortunately it's what goes with the territory and being a helmet-cammer thats going to happen, right or wrong.

Personally I didn't think that was a close pass, not close enough to remonstrate with a driver at least, I am passed like that all the flippin' time. If the cyclist thinks that was a close pass to cause concern enough for him to catch the driver up and object like that he should perhaps consider leaving the bike at home.

Its a wide angle lens. If it had touched his bars it still would have looked far away. The point is - if a cyclist feels the need to ask a driver like that then it WAS a close pass.

Your own desensitisation of close passes could actually be putting you at risk if you're overconfident that they will hold their line or that you wont encounter diesel or a pothole.

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posted by downfader [201 posts]
11th March 2014 - 23:19

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Is the parrot okay, is what I want to know

Work harder. Buy a tank.

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posted by userfriendly [285 posts]
11th March 2014 - 23:22

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Beefy wrote:
Wake up my friend people are people good and bad all over the world in all walks of life. Nice people horrid people even silly people who think stereo types are real.

Except the stereotype for Audi drivers. That one is mostly true.

posted by bikebot [497 posts]
11th March 2014 - 23:23

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Just reviewed a few of this guys uploads and he isn't doing cyclists any favours

posted by ratattat [33 posts]
11th March 2014 - 23:58

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The video doesn't play, says it's private. Is it just me?

posted by HarrogateSpa [90 posts]
12th March 2014 - 7:51

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HarrogateSpa wrote:
The video doesn't play, says it's private. Is it just me?

Not just you; same for me Sad

posted by wellcoordinated [76 posts]
12th March 2014 - 8:30

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HarrogateSpa wrote:
The video doesn't play, says it's private. Is it just me?

Some of the trolling and threats were pretty serious, as he was posting under his real name rather than anonymously I guess he had enough.

The irony is that after the recent twitter court cases there's probably a greater chance of someone receiving a prison sentence for threatening to run a cyclist over (via social media), than if they actually did it.

posted by bikebot [497 posts]
12th March 2014 - 9:38

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Computer controlled cars cannot arrive too quickly for me. With humans behind the wheel it's a lottery; so far I've been lucky.

posted by oliverjames [15 posts]
12th March 2014 - 11:28

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Got to agree with Beefy, if the cyclist thinks it a close pass, it's a close pass.
Fair enough, the driver apologises but he could still be more considerate.
Also, what's the driver doing at the lights when he's caught up with?
Twatting around with his mobile.

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posted by Joselito [133 posts]
12th March 2014 - 12:16

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I saw the video before it became private. The passing distance was around 2 feet (it's easy to work out, just look at the bicycle's line and the car's tyres).

Far too close. All the guy is doing is asking people to be more considerate. If some people here think that that's "not doing us any favours" then perhaps THEY'RE the ones who shouldn't be out cycling.

posted by Peowpeowpeowlasers [65 posts]
12th March 2014 - 13:09

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Fuck that, i'll upload it.

posted by northstar [1100 posts]
12th March 2014 - 13:12

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The parrot could be unwell because he usually goes by Nissan but he was pining for the Fords...I'll get my coat

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posted by Northernbike [127 posts]
12th March 2014 - 13:50

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ratattat wrote:
Just reviewed a few of this guys uploads and he isn't doing cyclists any favours

Obvious troll is obvious.

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12th March 2014 - 14:03

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I bet this is *exactly* what Tim Berners-Lee had in mind when he devised the world wide web 25 years ago...

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posted by Him Up North [186 posts]
12th March 2014 - 22:56

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