A cyclist has posted footage to Twitter showing the moment a bus driver pulled onto the A6006 into his path, apparently without having seen the rider.
The incident happened at around 0930 this morning in the village of Normanton on Soar in the south of the county, very close to the border with Leicestershire.
Luckily the rider was alert to the bus driver pulling out on him and was able to slow doing to avoid being struck.
Bit shaky video. Bit shaky rider! pic.twitter.com/cO8kM4NZcC
— Sir Henry Rawlinson (@TeddyTidy) June 19, 2017
The vehicle, which was carrying no passengers, is operated by Soar Valley Community Bus, based in nearby Sutton Bonington.
The operator, which has charitable status, says on its website that it "is run by an unpaid, volunteer committee and operated by a pool of some 30 unpaid volunteer drivers, drawn from the residents of the villages of the Soar Valley."
Nottinghamshire Police, to whom the incident has been reported via Twitter, has not to our knowledge formally launched a close pass campaign similar to that rolled out to widespread acclaim by West Midlands Police last year and subsequently adopted by other forces throughout the UK.
Indeed, earlier this month we reported on an incident in which a cyclist was initially told by an operator on the 101 non-emergency number that the force had insufficient resources to investigate such instances, only taking action once the rider enlisted the help via Twitter of British Cycling policy adviser, Chris Boardman.
Over the years road.cc has reported on literally hundreds of close passes and near misses involving badly driven vehicles from every corner of the country so many in fact that we’ve decided to turn the phenomenon in to a regular feature on the site. One day hopefully we will run out of close passes and near misses to report on, but until that happy day arrives Close Pass of the Day will keep rolling on.
If you’ve caught on camera a close encounter of the uncomfortable kind with another road that you’d like to share with the wider cycling community please send it us at info [at] road.cc (subject: Near%20Miss%20of%20the%20Day) or contact us via the road.cc Facebook page.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.