Near Miss of the Day 280: London bus driver changes lanes into cyclist's path (+ CCTV footage from bus)

Our regular series featuring close passes from around the country - today it's London...

The latest video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows the moment a London bus driver changed lanes into the path of a cyclist.

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The incident, filmed by reader Gaz, happened as he travelled northbound just after crossing Vauxhall Bridge.

Gaz told us: “An interesting one as I got the CCTV from the bus company by doing a subject access request for it. 

"The lane the bus is in eventually turns left towards Pimlico, the lane I’m in splits just after the junction with Millbank into two, both lanes going straight towards Victoria, but the rightmost lane is used for turning right at a junction as well.

"In this case I filter through traffic, merge back into traffic and get up to speed, at the split I move to the left lane as there is a van ahead waiting to turn right.

"The bus driver decided to change lanes at the same point, without indicating or looking at where I was going," he added.

> Near Miss of the Day turns 100 - Why do we do the feature and what have we learnt from it?

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.

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] or send us a message via the 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.

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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