Today’s entry in our Near Miss of the Day feature shows a motorist ignoring several rules of the Highway Code, inevitably including leaving the cyclist that was being overtaken at least as much space as would be left for a car.
It happened earlier this year in West Yorkshire to road.cc reader Mr Clarke, who told us: “I was passed very closely at the apex of this hill which is also a blind bend.
“Fortunately for me oncoming traffic was cautious and I was not carrying much speed! Note the distance provided by other overtaking motorists.
“There is no doubt in my mind that this was a deliberate attempt at intimidation and a 'punishment pass'. The driver was held up for a few moments as I climbed this steep section of road with oncoming traffic.
“Sadly, you cannot see the moments leading up to the overtake as the fellow in this car tailgated me for 5-10 seconds before passing within inches, despite oncoming traffic and the nature of the bend.”
He continued: “I reported it to the West Yorkshire Police, I was pleased to learn they were prepared to prosecute based on the footage.
“I was offered the choice of prosecution, or for the former road policing officer on the phone to have a friendly chat with the driver, a bit of a slap on the wrist of sorts!
“Preferring not to waste court time I opted for the latter. I understand the driver was very apologetic and concerned to be contacted out of the blue by the Old Bill, hopefully he will be more considerate around cyclists from now on!”
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.
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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.