Along with cyclists not paying road tax and always jumping red lights, one common misconception held by many motorists is that it is illegal to ride two abreast.
It isn’t, and when riding in groups is safer when it comes to drivers overtaking, as explained by Chris Boardman in this video.
Today’s video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows the driver of a Land Rover encountering a group of four cyclists on the road, intimidating the rear pair suffieciently that they switched to single file for their own safety.
It was filmed by road.cc reader James who told us: “Although I shot this over a year ago, I still cannot believe how bad this was.
]”We were cycling in a two by two formation, the rear two then went in single file due to how close the driver was getting to them.
“If you look at the car coming in the opposite direction, it was forced to slow right down to avoid a head on collision.”
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.