Today’s video in our Near Miss of the Day Series is one of the closest calls we’ve seen as a motorist turns right, taking him straight into the path of a cyclist who had little time to react given the vehicle was obscured because it was being driven too closely to the one in front.
Luckily, road.cc reader Rodney, who shot the footage, was alert enough to take evasive action.
He told us: “I regularly get close passes and like to think I’m alert and able to read the traffic.
”On this day I lost count of how many rude and selfish drivers I encountered. The day started bright and sunny but the weather quickly turned to rain.
”As I got closer to home my attention turned to a lorry approaching a junction to my right and I was pleased to see the lorry give way and not turn out on me,” he added.”
”Thinking the possible danger had passed I didn’t see what was about to happen.”
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.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc 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.