Today’s video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows yet another example of a driver putting a cyclist in danger by overtaking them without giving sufficient space.
It was submitted by road.cc user Mike, who described it as “a totally pointless pass from a Land Rover at the bottom of Bowden Hill in Lacock.”
The Wiltshire village is known as the birthplace of photography, although what William Fox Talbot, who produced the world’s first negative in 1835, would have made of someone almost two centuries later capturing moving images nearby on a tiny camera mounted on his velocipede is anyone’s guess.
Mike also sent us a second video which shows the moment he rounded a left-hand bend near Melksham and had to swerve to avoid a pedestrian. Fortunately for both, there was no motorist coming round the bend at the same time.
Besides highlighting that typically there is little-to-no provision for vulnerable road users on country lanes, it also demonstrates the advice given to pedestrians in Rule 2 of the Highway Code, which says, among other things: “If there is no pavement, keep to the right-hand side of the road so that you can see oncoming traffic.”
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.