Today’s near miss features a flatbed truck driver who sees an opportunity to pass a cyclist. On the left. On a roundabout.
The incident occurred at the top of Redland Road in Bristol on September 12.
“The flatbed truck driver didn't seem to appreciate me taking the lane as I was turning right, so went into the left lane and undertook me, cutting across in front,” said road.cc reader Rock Almanac.
“He forced me to brake quite hard to avoid being hit and with the wet road caused my back wheel to lock.”
road.cc’s Jack Sexty used to commute along Redland Road. He says he had a few similar experiences and points to the layout of the roundabout as being a contributory factor.
“This is in no way a defence of the driver – who I hope will face charges for this – but the roundabout is a strange one because you need to go into the right-hand lane to go straight on and the left lane is left-turn only.
“I’ve often sensed impatience from drivers who might not have spotted the road markings and thought I was in the right-hand lane for no particular reason.
“A couple of times drivers (incorrectly) used the left lane to pass me on this island to go straight on, or did this and then cut back into the right lane to turn right into Coldharbour Road after the roundabout.
“Once someone even had the audacity to sound their horn at me – I stopped, told her to look at the road markings and she apologised…”
Rock says he’s reported the incident to police, but has no idea what has come of it.
“I got a response saying it had been processed but they won't give any more details. Bristol used to give details, but now all they will say is it's been processed, which is a little frustrating."
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.
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