Our Near Miss of the Day feature today has two videos from recent club runs in different parts of the country – one from Kent, the other from Dorset.
The one above shows members of Canterbury Bicycle Club out on Saturday. The first driver overtaking gives plenty of room.
But the second – whom it is noticeable unlike the other motorists in the clip is not using headlights, despite the poor light conditions – realises belatedly as they overtake the riders that there is a traffic island ahead and veers in dangerously towards them.
The footage was shot by road.cc reader Barry, who said: “We have not contact Kent Police regarding this – I have looked on their website and most of their cycling related FAQs are aimed towards people complaining against cyclists rather than the other way round – anyhow not a great piece of driving at all.”
The second clip, below, was filmed the previous Saturday by Mike from Gillingham Wheelers Cycling Club – that’s the Gillingham in Dorset, rather than the one in Kent and demonstrates that even when the pass isn't that close things can still go wrong.
He told us: “Not quite a close pass, but as a result of a car overtaking our Saturday morning ride last week the riders slowed a little and caused two to go down as this video shows.”
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.