Today’s submission in our Near Miss of the Day feature shows the moment a motorist pulls out into a queue of traffic straight into the path of a cyclist using a dedicated cycle lane, causing him to have to brake and swerve to avoid colliding with the car.
It happened on Kirkstall Road in Leeds, where the cycle lane was installed last year to improve the safety of cyclists, with the footage sent in by road.cc reader Rob the Commuter.
He told us: “It happens all the time on this stretch of road.
“The bus shelter in the middle of the cycle lane doesn’t help either.
“I was hoping to go round the back of it on the shared space path, but the lady in the Hyundai had other ideas.”
As for that bus shelter, as we reported last September, Leeds City Council came under heavy criticism when it was installed on the cycle lane in September last year.
Craig Bilclough of Woodrup Cycles opposite, said it was “a joke” and put both cyclists and pedestrians in danger.
[AdTech Ad] "It just popped up over the weekend and now cyclists are having to negotiate it and they can't do it in an easy manner,” he said.
“It's dangerous to pedestrians as well who are stood waiting for a bus. I just don't think it's been thought about properly."
The council was unrepentant, however, saying: “We needed to meet the needs of bus users, pedestrians and cyclists, so we made this into a shared space.
“There is signage indicating that this is the case which is available for everyone using the area to see.”
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.