Our regular feature highlighting close passes caught on camera from around the country – today it’s west London

Our latest Near Miss of the Day involves a company featured before on road.cc - the coach operator, National Express.

It happened to road.cc reader George Woodrow on Royal Hospital Road in Chelsea, with the coach driver squeezing the cyclist into the kerb as he overtakes him ahead of a section where the road narrows.

George said: "You can see the gap narrowing with no clue my side how far across he would keep on coming. Luckily not enough to hit me but not far off. 

"I spoke to the driver after and basically got a shrug of the shoulders. Being none the wiser about what he had done he will inevitably keep on doing it."

The road is one of the main approaches to Victoria Coach Station, and George continued: "Given he must have driven that road many times he would have known the road narrows and from his elevated driving position he could probably have even seen the zebra crossing and cars in front that would have brought him to a halt just after the narrowing.

"So a completely needless pass from all aspects."

George is also sending the footage to National Express and has told us he will let us know what happens.

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.