Our latest Near Miss of the Day video will be familiar to anyone who cycles in a city – trying to filter up the inside of a lane of queued traffic past vehicles that haven’t left any space, then a near-left hook from a motorist that leaves you wondering how on earth he or she didn’t see the rider?
Luckily, the motorist belatedly noticed the cyclist as he rode along Bury New Road in Greater Manchester and stopped before cutting across his path.
It was submitted by road.cc reader Steve Turner, who posted it to YouTube under the user name, Mark Smith; judging by some of the other videos of the poor motoring he encounters on his commute we’ve seen, we’re guessing there must be mornings he arrives at work totally wired.
Commenting on the video, he said the driver had tried "to overtake and then turns left across my path. I'd passed it seconds before, it wasn't signalling and I was directly in front of it so the driver must have seen me."
The footage wasn’t submitted to the police, with Steve telling us: “Greater Manchester police don't investigate or allow online reporting. You have to phone 101 and report over the phone. But the service levels on 101 are atrocious and their investigations are even worse. So no, not reported.”
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 into 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, Near Miss of the Day will keep rolling on.
If you’ve caught on camera a close encounter of the uncomfortable kind with another road user that you’d like to share with the wider cycling community please send it to us at info [at] road.cc or send us a message via the road.cc Facebook page.
If the video is on YouTube, please send us a link, if not we can add any footage you supply to our YouTube channel as an unlisted video (so it won't show up on searches).
Please also let us know whether you contacted the police and if so what their reaction was, as well as the reaction of the vehicle operator if it was a bus, lorry or van with company markings etc.
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.