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Near Miss of the Day 54: Impatient driver overtakes cyclist in bus lane

Our regular feature highlighting close passes caught on camera from around the country – today it’s all happening in the bus lane on London's New Kent Road...

Today’s video in our Near Miss of the Day series features an impatient driver who, after (illegally) following a cyclist along a bus lane in a major road in London, sticks his foot down and overtakes the rider, leaving him very little space.

The incident happened earlier this week on New Kent Road between the Bricklayers’ Arms roundabout and Elephant & Castle and was submitted by reader Paul Smith. Skip forward to 8 minutes 10 seconds for the relevant part of the video.

“I get loads of close passes every week but this one stood out as he was in the bus lane and shot past me really close, so decided to check it,” said Paul.

“It's only once I saw the video when i checked it when i got to work that i realised how far he'd driven in the bus lane.

“I thought he'd probably just pulled out from a side road and then close passed to get in to traffic, but no...”

Paul told us that he decided against confronting the motorist.

“There were two guys in the car but couldn't see their faces when pulled up at the next set of pedestrian lights as their windows were too tinted.

“Got the impression they were not the type of chaps i would want to confront or shout at though – just a feeling, but having cycled in London for close to ten years now, you do get a feel for things.

“Not reported it yet and not sure if I will TBH,” Paul added.

Over the years 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] or send us a message via the 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.

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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