The latest video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows the driver of a Co-op delivery lorry making an early morning close pass on a cyclist when there was no other traffic around.
Not only did the absence of other vehicles make the close pass unnecessary but the driver also made it at a point where the road narrowed due to a pedestrian refuge, squeezing the rider into the kerb and close to a lot of pavement furniture.
The footage was shot by road.cc reader Lee on Gloucester Road, Bristol at 6am last Thursday morning.
He told us: “No other vehicles on the road at all, no need really. I’ve not reported it as, yes he’s made a mistake, but no one deserves to lose their job or get grief over something like that. We all make them.
“I’d much rather people get educated rather than vilified,” he continued. “We’ve all got bills to pay.”
“I should really have took the central part of the road … it was early,” he added.
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.