Here’s a particularly nasty close pass in our Near Miss of the Day series, with the driver involved braking and pulling in as he overtook, and what’s more at a point in the road where the cyclist risked getting pushed into the railings on the left.
It happened at the junction of the A65 and A6120 in Horsforth, Leeds and was submitted by road.cc reader Rob The Commuter, who described it as “another joyous moment on my commute to work.”
He said: “This chap started braking and pulling in even before he had got past. He braked so hard, that he outbraked me and I couldn’t avoid running up the inside, while he pushed me in to the left.
“He gave me quite a fright. I started from the ASL line at the roundabout and left plenty of room for him to get past.
“Driving at its worst. The traffic queues solidly form here in to Leeds, there is a bike lane just ahead and I was soon clear of him and never saw him again.
“So, what was the point of the push past brake check?” he added.
The car involved is an Audi, and we know from previous posts in this series involving that make of vehicle that drivers of them are not held in particularly high esteem by many of our readers.
But we’ll just leave this tweet from Chris Boardman here.
Just FYI folks, I have an Audi
Let’s avoid stereotyping and instead judge behaviour.
— Chris Boardman (@Chris_Boardman) April 22, 2018
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.
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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.