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Near Miss of the Day 64: Bus driver overtakes cyclists ... then pulls into bus stop

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

The latest submission to our Near Miss of the Day feature will be familiar to anyone whose bike commute involves riding in a bus lane - a bus driver overtaking far too closely only to pull in almost immediately at a stop.

Sent in by reader Jamie, it was filmed on Clapham Road in south London, close to Stockwell Underground Stations and also highlights just how woefully inadequate London's first generation of blue-painted 'Cycle Superhighways' are.

Jamie told us: "There is a protected cycle lane on the junction which is part of Cycle Superhighway 7. As I was crossing over the junction with some other cyclists I heard the bus to my right sound its horn.

"The bus then accelerated and pulled in front of us, there were at least 10 cyclists behind me as this cycle route is very busy during rush hour. #

The bus driver put on his hazard lights as an apology. I did not speak to the bus driver, there seemed no point because this was obviously deliberate, i just carried on to work."

He added: "I haven't notified TfL for the usual reasons that they are unlikely to care."

For in-depth information on issues of safety relating to London's buses and vulnerable road users, head over to cycling and pedestrian campaigner Tom Kearney's Safer Oxford Street blog; it's now almost eight years since he was left in a coma when he was struck by a bus while standing on the pavement as he waited to cross the busy shopping street.

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 has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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