Today’s video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows a driver who made a close pass on a cyclist on London’s Chelsea Embankment, then told him during an angry exchange, “Sort yourself out because you’re gonna come a cropper.”
It was filmed last Wednesday morning by road.cc reader Ryan, who said in his commentary to the video: “There’s no cycle lane on this road. Cyclists share the road with the cars.”
Travelling at around 25 miles an hour, he said: “I check that it’s clear behind and move out to pass a cyclist.
“I’m catching the cyclist ahead, I hold my central road position.
“I check back and look at the driver behind. My road position shows I’m overtaking.
“The driver beeps and passes very close, at a far greater speed.
“This forces me to brake and move left, to avoid a potential collision.
“I decide to catch the driver and ask why he did not give me more room.”
Ryan caught up with the motorist further along the road and asked him, “You could see I was overtaking, why didn’t you just wait a second?”
Waving his finger, the driver said: “You should have ****ing stayed behind that bike.”
“I was alongside it,” replied Ryan.
“Lay off the 30 miles an hour and sort yourself out because you’re going to come a cropper,” the driver said.
“You lay off the 30 miles an hour then, speed limit is the same for both of us, we’re both allowed in the road,” was Ryan’s response.
The driver replied: “Yeah but don’t come into the err, you come in traffic’s path, what you … “
At that point, Ryan rode off, saying in his commentary on the video, “I’d had enough of this guy. Plus, we were holding up the traffic.
“If I was cycling at 30mph (his words),” he added, “What was his speed when he passed? This is a 30mph road … “
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.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.