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Near Miss of the Day 87: Left-turning coach driver squeezes cyclist into fence

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

Today's video in our Near Miss of the Day feature took place outside the Royal Air Force Museum at Cosford in Shropshire.

Submitted by reader Paul Roscoe, it happened on 26 January and shows the moment a coach driver continues his left turn as the rider approaches, forcing Paul to take evasive action but with the perimeter fence giving him very little room for manoeuvre.

Paul, sho believes the coach is connected with the base, which remains an RAF training facility, told us: "Once I had swung off the road the driver stared at me as though this was my fault (well he is a professional driver) and with no gesture or comment and drove on, turning in to the main entrance to the base 100 metres further along.

"I tried to complain by phoning the base after watching the recording but the person I spoke to on the switchboard was unhelpful and did not know who would deal with any complaint."

Paul added that he had sent stills from the video to West Mercia Police and completed an online 'bad driving' report.

The police have since got in touch and asked him to submit the full video.

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.



I have sent copies of stills taken from the video to West Mercia Police and filled in an online “bad driving” report form but as yet have had no response

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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