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Near Miss of the Day 67: Red light jumping black cab driver

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

Today's video in our Near Miss of the Day series features a London black cab driver who went through a red light, almost hit two cyclists, then turned left across the path of another to head up a high street.

It happened on one of the capital's busiest cycle routes - but one on which there is no separated cycling infrastructure, despite campaigners calling for protected bike lanes to be put in p;lace there, with bicycles accounting for two thirds of traffic.

The video was filmed by reader Ec, who told us: "This was on my commute home on on Wednesday evening this week (the 29th).

"It was just on the approach to Farringdon coming down from Theobald's Road towards Clerkenwell Road.

"It's a fairly busy section for cyclists and downhill which means you're often cycling at speed, plus contending with traffic and pedestrians wandering into the road in front of you."

He added; "I have sent it into Road Safe London, just waiting for a response back."

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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