Near Miss of the Day 266: “Please check your mirrors” says cyclist forced to jump onto pavement to avoid being knocked off bike

Our regular feature showing near misses from around the country - today it's Manchester...

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 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.”

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Over the years 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.

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Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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