Near Miss of the Day 406: Articulated lorry driver in frightening close pass on cyclist (includes swearing)

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

One of the most frightening types of close pass happens when the driver of an articulated lorry overtakes you, leaving insufficient room to begin with which then becomes less and less as they pull back in - and today, we have a frightening example of one of those.

If you've ever been on the receiving end of one of these, you'll know just how frightening it can be and the feeling of helplessness it can put you in if you have nowhere to bale out to your left - all you can do is watch that gap narrow, concentrate on staying upright, and hope the rear of the trailer passes by you.

This one happened on the outskirts of Cardiff, and was sent in by road.cc reader Graeme, who told us: "It was on the morning of Tuesday 5th May at the end of an hour's ride coming back into Cardiff on what's known locally as 'the flats', a relatively quiet route into the city.

"Warning: the audio contains some strong language! You'll notice from the audio that I could deduce what was going to happen before it did - that awareness is probably what saved me from not ending up under the wheels of the lorry."

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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.

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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.

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