Today’s video in our Near Miss of the Day feature is one that reflects a growing sub-genre in the series – the cyclist on a roundabout who, despite wearing hi-viz and using lights, is ‘invisible’ to a motorist.
This one happened back in August in Hatfield, Hertfordshire and was submitted by road.cc reader Tony, who told us: “The idiot in this car just didn't look as he entered the roundabout. I had to brake and literally turn my front wheel to avoid him ploughing straight into me.
“Despite the fact that I wear a bright yellow jacket and have loads of lights, the driver was completely oblivious. He had no idea that I was there, let alone just how close he had come to killing me.
“My camera was helmet mounted, so the video doesn't look like he was as close as he actually was.
“No doubt he would be the first to complain about cyclists. I didn't report him, but in probably should have done, just to make him aware of how dangerous he is.”
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.