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Near Miss of the Day 168: Van driver crosses solid line, forcing cyclists out of way

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

Today’s video in our Near Miss of the Day series perhaps isn’t the worst case of driving we’ve featured – but it is one of those things that for urban cyclists add up and make commuting an unpleasant experience at times.

It was filmed last Monday morning on Jamaica Road in Southwark reader Cycle London and shows a van driver crossing a solid white line into a bus lane where there are cyclists riding and then when one shakes their head in exasperation, they get a beep of the horn for their trouble.

Cycle London, who points out in the description of the video on YouTube that there are three separate offences committed, told us: “What bothered me as much as the forcing his way into a group of cyclists, was the petulant sound of his horn.”'

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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.

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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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