Near Miss of the Day 413: Impatient driver at junction turns across cyclist (includes swearing)

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

The roads may be less busy due to lockdown, but there are still plenty of impatient drivers around, such as this one in South London yesterday ... perhaps they were in a rush to join the massive queue at the newly reopened McDonald's drive-thru in Sutton, who knows?

The clip was sent in by road.cc reader Runar, who said: "This happened yesterday afternoon, I was finishing my ride with an easy cooldown ride back home, so not on full speed.

"I got to the junction where a blue car was waiting for me to pass and I signalled him that I was turning left (doesn't show on video) and I started the turn, only to almost hit the front of the silver Vauxhall coming thick and fast on the opposite side of the road turning into my line of path."

He added: "This happened on the 4-way corner of Lilford Road and Flaxman Road in Camberwell, a very blind corner for cyclist."

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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.

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> What to do if you capture a near miss or close pass (or worse) on camera while cycling

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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