Indifferent or oblivious? Today’s near miss took place earlier this month in London and involved a cyclist who didn’t even seem to acknowledge the incident.
Video uploader robinhood wrote: “I spoke to the cyclist, she either didn’t care or she was completely oblivious (not sure she could hear me with both headphones in). My guess is that she expects this sort of bad pass, which is quite sad really – it is not acceptable.”
The incident was not reported to police.
Earlier this month, the Met Police launched an operation that will involve plain clothes officers cycling around on the lookout for tailgating, close passes and turns made across a cyclist’s path.
Professional drivers and those who display examples of particularly bad driving will not be offered the otherwise standard roadside education. They will instead be reported, which may lead to a court appearance.
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.