A cyclist forced to jump onto a pavement when a driver failed to see him as she pulled in across a cycle path has urged motorists to “Please check your mirrors.”
The appeal comes in the latest video submitted to our Near Miss of the Day series, filmed on Talbot Road in Manchester and sent in by road.cc reader Jamie.
He said: “To be fair to the lady who nearly hit me, she was VERY apologetic. Face totally shocked, hands in the air in a sort of ‘I’m so sorry’ motion.
“The issue is, she had literally no idea I was there until after I shouted and swerved onto the pavement.
“This has been such a regular occurrence on these roads that fortunately the council has fitted bollards separating the cycle path so most of this stretch of road is now a bit safer – although people still regularly cut us up turning into side streets, etc.”
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.