Today’s video in our Near Miss of the Day feature shows a very close undertake on a cyclist in Oxfordshire by the driver of a bin lorry – but Thames Valley Police have decided not to pursue the case.
It was submitted by road.cc reader Tom, who works for a very well-known cycling brand, and who told us: “I know you lot are big advocates of any cyclist who has to suffer dangerous driving.
“Recently a council bin lorry nearly wiped me off my bike by undertaking me on a single lane in Oxford.”
The incident happened last month, and Tom said: “It took the police two weeks before saying it wasn't in their remit and then the council a further two weeks asking me to send footage.”
Tom shared the footage with us to help him “seek some justice and awareness around our vulnerability” – which after all is one of the chief reasons we run this feature.
Stay safe out there, everyone.
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.