The latest video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows the moment a motorist who had been tucking into a bag of chips opened his car door into the path of a cyclist, who fortunately managed to take evasive action.
The footage was shot on Friday near the High Fry chip shop on Southview Road, Chester, by road.cc reader Dave, who told us that he’s left the audio muted due to the language it contained – understandable, in the circumstances.
He said: “I'd had a few near misses recently from cars pulling out on me and even a woman throw a ball for her dog out in front of me on a cycle path (after the saw me coming and looked to be waiting for me to pass) so I decided to get my GoPro mounted up for future rides.
“My first ride with it mounted below my Garmin gets a car parked on a bend on double yellows with no sign of it having an occupant – I try to go as far over to the right as I feel comfortable with in case of oncoming traffic and would have clearly been visible in the car’s mirrors yet they swung the door open as I passed.
“Luckily I have pretty quick reactions and shouted as it started to open as well as swerve.
“If there were oncoming traffic (which is usually fast on that bend), they may have forced or pushed me into it.”
Dave added: “When pausing the video as the car door opens to get a good thumbnail for YouTube I found the guy has empty chip wrappers in one hand so must have been sitting there eating for some time before I came along.”
Currently, the offence of opening or permitting a car door to be opened so as to cause injury or endanger someone is punishable by a maximum fine of £1,000, although the charity Cycling UK has been lobbying the government to introduce tougher penalties and include the so-called Dutch Reach technique within the Highway Code.
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.