Today’s video in our Near Miss of the Day series depicts something that many of us have experienced while cycling – a driver not only overtaking a cyclist too closely, but also beeping their horn as they do so. If you’ve ever been on the receiving end, you’ll know just how unsettling it can be.
The road.cc reader who submitted it said: “This occurred in the summer, in Shipley, West Yorkshire. Clearly a pointless and intimidating overtake.
“This incident was reported to the lovely people at West Yorkshire police. The driver in question has been sent on a close pass course and given an official warning which will stay on their record for a year.
“Whilst I'd rather have seen a more robust response, I'm generally happy with the way the police have handled this. I have sent a few more videos to them since, and I await the final decision on prosecutions on them.”
In the years we’ve been running this feature we’ve learnt that often it is a specific incident that leads to someone buying a camera to record their rides, and this reader is one of them.
“I have a complex relationship with bike cameras,” he said. “I always thought that they seemed unnecessary, and made out that cycling was overly dangerous.
“Then in March last year I was victim of an unprovoked assault where a violent thug was deliberately targeting cyclists on a shared use path, part of the controversial £29 million City Connect project in Leeds-Bradford.
“This left me bruised and bleeding, and totally miserable. I purchased a camera as a result.”
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.