“Why wait for half a second when you can just barely squeeze past someone at full pelt as though they're not there at all?” asks Simon, who was on the receiving end of this close pass by a cement truck in December 2014.
The incident occurred heading east on the A3205 Battersea Park Road, part of Cycle Superhighway 8.
“Basically, some cement truck decided to just pretend I wasn't there by the looks of things and came by with inches to spare,” said Simon.
“All the more worrying if you pause the video as it passes and look at the available road space, on a fisheye lens.”
Simon says he didn’t report the incident, “and experience suggests it wouldn't have made much difference. When I was eventually knocked off by someone who couldn't be bothered to give way at a roundabout – despite a plethora of bright flashing lights, high vis, etc etc (viewable at 25 seconds into this video) – the police reaction was basically: ‘Well, we can't see the licence plate, so guess we'll just leave it at that.’”
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.