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Near Miss of the Day 203: Cyclist brakes as driver turns right across his path

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

The latest video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows a cyclist having to brake as a motorist turned right across his path at a box junction in south London.

The footage was submitted by reader David, who was riding down Red Post Hill in north Dulwich and continuing straight on through the junction and into Dulwich Village.

As he approached the junction, the driver of a silver car at the head of a queue of traffic coming from the Dulwich Village direction turns right into East Dulwich Grove.

Despite the approach of the cyclist, a motorist in a blue car behind also turns right, and it was only the rider’s quick reactions that prevented a collision.

David told us: “Always thankful I've got a bike with discs. The driver appears totally unfazed by almost having me over her bonnet.”

Box junctions are governed by rule 174 of the Highway Code, which makes clear that in this case the cyclist, who was proceeding straight on through the junction, had right of way.

The rule says: “You MUST NOT enter the box until your exit road or lane is clear.

“However, you may enter the box and wait when you want to turn right, and are only stopped from doing so by oncoming traffic, or by other vehicles waiting to turn right.”

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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 has been news editor at 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.

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