One acronym you may have spotted being used in connection with videos of motorists driving badly around cyclists is MGIF – ‘Must Get In Front’ and describes the kind of person behind the wheel of a motor vehicle who simply has to get ahead of a cyclist.
All too often, as in this example filmed in Central London and submitted by road.cc reader and YouTube user MCR Cyclist, it’s accompanied by a dangerous overtake,
The poster also made another observation that is very common to this type of video, telling us: “The driver was very keen to get to the red light and decide to perform a very close pass.”
In this case, since the motorised observed the Advanced Stop Line box, the cyclist was back in front while the lights were still red … so why bother taking the risk?
Standing copy at the end in bold.
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.