VIDEO: Cyclist posts HGV close-pass helmet cam footage to show driver 'he could have been killed'

A single wobble would have meant death, said cyclist shaken up by manoeuvre

by Sarah Barth   March 29, 2014  

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A cyclist who says he could have been killed by an HGV performing a dangerously close pass has made a video shaming the driver and telling him just how terrifying the experience was.

Before the film starts, he tells the driver, from County Durham-based HP Thompson and Son, that he was aware of the road conditions but that he was visible and it was a bright sunny day when the incident happened on March 10.

“I want the driver to get a full feel for how frightening it is when a lorry overtakes a cyclist in this way,” said Quentin Field-Boden, from Northamptonshire.

 

He said: “it left me quite shaken up. If I was a less experienced cyclist... wobbling about a lot... you could have killed them.

“I hope that perhaps if you do see this video or you’re shown this video by someone... it might help you drive differently in the future, because, take it from me, being on the receiving end of that really is very very frightening.”

Ian Thompson, owner of the lorry company, apologised on behalf of the firm. He told the Northampton Gazette: “I am really upset this has happened. We don’t make a habit of doing this sort of thing.”

Quentin has passed the video onto the police, who say that an inquiry is ongoing.

The video account of the incident joins a growing number of toe-curling videos emerging as the number of cyclists wearing helmet cams grows.

Last week we reported how Sussex police had identified the driver of a Jaguar car who launched an expletive-ridden tirade at a cyclist and also appeared to punch him in a road rage incident earlier this month.

Cyclist Eddie Bell, aged 38, posted video to YouTube of the incident, which took place near Pevensey Bay, East Sussex, the weekend before last. He made a note of the vehicle’s registration number and passed it on to Sussex Police.

In the same week, helmet camera footage of a driver twice brake-checking a cyclist in Glasgow resulted in the motorist, who turned out to be serving a driving ban, being convicted on four separate charges – dangerous driving, breach of the peace, driving without insurance and driving without a licence.

And a few days, before, we brought you news of a Gloucestershire company that sacked a lorry driver who was caught on camera overtaking a cyclist in Lancashire with just inches to spare in what some cyclists viewing the video interpreted as a “punishment pass.”

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I think the thing most none cyclist won't understand or the driver obviously is how much suction the lorry creates as it passes at speed. I had three of these lorries do this to me today and the feeling of being sucked into the lorry is the problem, its very hard to keep on track as they pass this close at speed.
They think they are giving you plenty of room and probably don't mean to do it but they don't understand the suction they're creating.

posted by Richie Watkin [7 posts]
29th March 2014 - 12:23

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there was also incoming cars from the other side of the road when the lorry overtook the cyclist. and if anybody notice it, they were forced to steer close to the kerb just to give the lorry some space. The lorry should have waited until it was totally safe for him to pass the cyclist when the other side of the road is clear.

A good effort for the cyclist to show the driver the cyclist point of view but that does not give him the feeling of being in that situation. you can not feel the sense of impending danger on a video. the lorry driver should be put in an actual bike.

I hope the driver gets the message and take it into consideration.

posted by denzzz28 [24 posts]
29th March 2014 - 12:37

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Slightly off topic... I really like his telemetry being displayed on the video.

Anyone know what software he will have used to combine the two?

posted by tarquin_foxglove [98 posts]
29th March 2014 - 12:55

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I think its the Garmin Virb isn't it?

posted by Richie Watkin [7 posts]
29th March 2014 - 13:04

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I feel sorry for the cyclist; the lorry was clearly too close. When I'm in my artic I hold back, well back, because I don't want to pressurise the cyclist. Ok, it may upset a few drivers behind me but I often get a thankyou wave from the cyclist.

Personally, I'd like to see tamper proof cameras installed in all commercial vehicles, recording not just the view from the cab but the view within the cab as well, and footage supplied to the police on request as a legal requirement. It suspect that most haulage firms (and bus companies) would recoup their costs very quickly through drivers being much more careful, saving both fuel and reducing insurance costs.

"Hey..... Let's be visible out there."

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posted by Neil753 [451 posts]
29th March 2014 - 13:04

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Clever and effective!

Mr Field-Boden has shown the driver that he is not just a road user, not just a cyclist, but, that he is a human being, a person.

It would be nice to know what the lorry driver made of this post.

posted by levermonkey [483 posts]
29th March 2014 - 13:24

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Finally, a cyclist that also has a face. Not just a shouty, swearing bloke behind a camera, complaining every time they get passed by a vehicle.

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posted by Gkam84 [9166 posts]
29th March 2014 - 13:48

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Neil753 wrote:
[...]When I'm in my artic I hold back, well back, because I don't want to pressurise the cyclist. Ok, it may upset a few drivers behind me but I often get a thankyou wave from the cyclist.
[...]

I wish all commercial drivers were as considerate & sensible as you.

posted by Dr_Lex [171 posts]
29th March 2014 - 13:49

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I live in the States and the same "confusion" exists around how to drive around cyclists. Some people pass me wide. Most don't. I just don't understand how people can so willingly endanger others because where their going is so important. Would you pass that cyclist without a care if they were your loved one? The next time you see a cyclist, think of them as your own and pass wide. PLEASE?

posted by hugebob [4 posts]
29th March 2014 - 15:12

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cyclingDMlondon wrote:
The only way the driver will 'be made aware' of what he has done, is for him to be tied to a chair, with a doctor in attendance, and beaten until he is unconscious.

A much better lesson would be for him to experience what it feels like to be passed like that on a bike.

posted by hugebob [4 posts]
29th March 2014 - 15:28

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Too many drivers define a "safe" pass or "enough" room when overtaking a cyclist as:

I didn't knock you off did I?

What are you complaining about then?

posted by paulmcmillan [89 posts]
29th March 2014 - 15:57

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An excellent, mature and responsible response to
totally unacceptable driving behaviour. Well done.

Tim

posted by tim9877 [39 posts]
29th March 2014 - 16:28

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That sort of thing happens to me most days, I quite enjoy the backdraft from the truck. Why do we have to live in a world of H&S whinging? Wimp.

posted by sidesaddle [70 posts]
29th March 2014 - 16:52

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You winey pom. I suppose this is a cheaper way of dealing with the issue without paying for counselling and crying

CJStevens

posted by CJSTEVENS1955 [76 posts]
29th March 2014 - 17:41

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Dr_Lex wrote:
Neil753 wrote:
[...]When I'm in my artic I hold back, well back, because I don't want to pressurise the cyclist. Ok, it may upset a few drivers behind me but I often get a thankyou wave from the cyclist.
[...]

I wish all commercial drivers were as considerate & sensible as you.

In all honesty i find truck drivers to be fairly considerate, you get the odd idiot, they are humans after all. But compared to taxi's, school runners, young women, reps they are positively saintly.

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posted by mrmo [1596 posts]
29th March 2014 - 18:17

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mrmo wrote:

In all honesty i find truck drivers to be fairly considerate, you get the odd idiot, they are humans after all. But compared to taxi's, school runners, young women, reps they are positively saintly.

That's my experience too, though I would add old farts to the list and remove the reps to personalise it to myself, 5 out of 10 bad passes are old gits for me, the other one is old 'I'm a drug dealer' used range rover types.

All Campag

posted by Flying Scot [766 posts]
29th March 2014 - 19:09

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Rule 163 of the highway code states " give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car"

Throw the book at the lorry driver imo.
I have a Contour GPS cam on my bike and there are countless times this happens.

C2C 2011 , 2013

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posted by Vorash [6 posts]
29th March 2014 - 20:03

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Crazy pass by the lorry driver, he should get a ban for that (a long ban)
However......... I know I might be at risk on this one but here goes!
The correct way to do business is to report the the police with a copy of the video in hand. Releasing the video following a police investigation and court would be the best option. Only if a company name needs establishing from a wider audience (managed by the authorities) is when a public video should be released. All of the posting video and shouting out a registration only serves to frustrate. The drivers won't care because they clearly won't follow the cycling media. Maybe we should just pass this to the authorities to produce a name and shame list from the footage collated. We should have a 3 month Sin Bin for drivers caught on camera, this would make them think that when passing a cyclist, if they are recording it could end in a 3 month removal of a licence? It could be the best message to drivers to not be that worried about gaining that seeming valuable 15 second earlier arrival at the final destination by passing a cyclist dangerously.

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posted by dughs [13 posts]
29th March 2014 - 20:26

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sidesaddle wrote:
That sort of thing happens to me most days, I quite enjoy the backdraft from the truck. Why do we have to live in a world of H&S whinging? Wimp.

Cycle with your family much?

posted by bikebot [985 posts]
29th March 2014 - 20:28

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Neil 753 = good guy.
One with a good idea too. I think cameras in large vehicles is a great idea. I'm sure they could do with a few all over the wagon for their own security purposes too..
Can't be easy being a commercial driver getting hustled to be places at certain times, or else. No excuse for dangerous driving.
Everybody seems to be in an incredie hurry to get nowhere inpaticular..
The other day for instance I nearly got pinged off by a people carrier full of a family of all ages, the wing mirror can't of been much more than a ft-18 inches from my head.
50 metres later with a massive sign in full view they do a left into a garden centre, cutting me up in the process.
What in that garden centre would of changed in th 5 seconds they may of saved??

posted by DanTe [111 posts]
30th March 2014 - 7:47

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It' seems to be more of a problem on A roads, I had an MPV so close the wing mirror clipped me on the arse. I really think some drivers don't see others car, bike foot ect as human once behind the wheel. The helmet cams seem to be growing in popularity and it's bringing a problem we have endured for years to light.... Good job I say

HMCC

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posted by Beefy [253 posts]
30th March 2014 - 11:41

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Rule 163 of the highway code states " give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car"

I've been in a car when my wing mirror has been taken off by a car overtaking me, I've also been hit by wing mirrors whilst out on my bike.

This highway code rule is open to interpretation in my book, its needs to be much more specific over the space that should be given.

However most people on the roads just don't know the highway code, I would bet money that more drivers would fail rather than pass the drivers theory test if they took it again, so whilst we seem to always quote the rule book, what use is quoting something that a majority don't know, yes sort out the highway code, but also sort out the fact that Mr Average doesn't know it.

posted by mikeprytherch [220 posts]
30th March 2014 - 14:47

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I find that it isn't generally lorry drivers (even the dreaded 8-leg tippers) that pass dangerously but buses, black cabs, Chelsea tractors and chav mobiles (small hatches with aftermarket exhaust systems). Well, inside the M25 anyway.

posted by levermonkey [483 posts]
30th March 2014 - 16:10

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levermonkey wrote:
Clever and effective!

Mr Field-Boden has shown the driver that he is not just a road user, not just a cyclist, but, that he is a human being, a person.

It would be nice to know what the lorry driver made of this post.

At a guess, he will have taken a screenshot of the video, printed it out and used it to wipe his arse after his morning constitutional.

'Whoever said the pen is mightier than the sword obviously never encountered automatic weapons' (Douglas MacArthur)

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posted by cyclingDMlondon [350 posts]
30th March 2014 - 18:10

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Cycling Ireland have a new campaign:

http://www.safecyclingireland.org/

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posted by Wesselwookie [165 posts]
31st March 2014 - 10:22

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bikebot wrote:
sidesaddle wrote:
That sort of thing happens to me most days, I quite enjoy the backdraft from the truck. Why do we have to live in a world of H&S whinging? Wimp.

Cycle with your family much?

Macho cyclists don't have families. They cramp their style as they tweak the nose of danger and laugh in the face of fear. They are on the rock'n'roll road to hell and haven't even told their parents what time they'll be back!

However, some of the rest of us would rather see cycling as simply a useful and less destructive mode of transport - as opposed to an extreme sport for bolstering some bloke's sense of manhood.

posted by FluffyKittenofT... [839 posts]
31st March 2014 - 16:00

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mikeprytherch wrote:

However most people on the roads just don't know the highway code, I would bet money that more drivers would fail rather than pass the drivers theory test if they took it again, so whilst we seem to always quote the rule book, what use is quoting something that a majority don't know, yes sort out the highway code, but also sort out the fact that Mr Average doesn't know it.

Definitely this, very much so. Even as a pedestrian I seem to be regularly faced with drivers who simply haven't a clue what the highway code actually says.

E.g. the one who sternly wagged his finger at me as he zoomed through as I attempted to cross the road _when the green man was lit and he was jumping the red_. Or the one who angrily hooted at me the other day after he swung, at speed, without pausing, into a side-road that I was already half-way across. Or the one parked completely blocking the pavement a minute further on on that same journey. Etc etc.
The driving test needs to be _hugely_ tightened up with regard to actually remembering the highway code for longer than it takes to just cram the theory test (assuming these guys even have licences).

posted by FluffyKittenofT... [839 posts]
31st March 2014 - 16:17

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That looked fairly normal to me. Frightening, but normal.

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posted by nowasps [294 posts]
31st March 2014 - 21:25

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My experiences are that a minority give you room in line with the highway code and just out of simple respect for life.

The majority adopt a 'any landing you can walk away from alive is a good landing' type attitude no doubt borne from a mix of 'You're in my way/you don't pay road tax /I resent that you're fit and I've got man boobs/I can kill you and cry accident and it'll cost me £60' type attitude.

A minority plainly get off on playing killer games with your life, again knowing no-one in authority actually gives a toss.

The police should be a link between such obvious examples of devil may care driving when legitimate videos like this are presented and pass to the respective insurance companies of those involved.

Your policy represents risk. If insurers see how a policy holder actually drives day to day rather than the holier than thou presenting once a year fir renewal they would be perfectly entitled to amend the risk and the resultant premium.

Unfortunately government has made it perfectly clear that it considers the lives of those trying to help it achieve carbon reductions in the environment, reduce obesity related disease, improve work productivity, reduce road repair costs etc etc are less important than infringing on the so called rights of the motorist to inflict widespread death, injury and all manner of economic and environmental harm with total impunity at all and any cost.

The only way things will improve is if the dangerous and indifferent motorists amongst us are priced out of their cars by insurers no longer prepared to entertain the prick in his pretend rally car exposing them to multi million pound damages claims.

Campaigning rarely works, it's always about the money and that my friends is why I'd sooner put a bonfire out with my face than entertain the notion of letting a politician believe I've bought into their little games by voting for them.

Hating our selfish and ignorant car culture

posted by ironmancole [196 posts]
31st March 2014 - 23:28

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I think you'll find all cyclists are human and have a face. That is why they react to the stress of near death experiences in a human way.

posted by Fifth Gear [22 posts]
1st March 2015 - 22:32

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