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Near Miss of the Day 421: 'Must Get In Front' driver overtakes cyclist at narrow bridge ... then pulls into car park

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

What is it with some drivers who simply Must. Get. In. Front. – or MGIF, as the acronym goes – of cyclists, just to pull off the road seconds later? It’s not the first time we’ve featured such a video in our Near Miss of the Day series, and this time it comes from Devon.

Isaac, the road.cc reader who filmed it, said: “My near miss is by far not the worst I've had or has been featured, but I think it's definitely topical with people driving around during lockdown as they like and roads getting much busier.

“I was cycling on Dartmoor last Saturday, and it was a glorious day for it. Although the roads up to the moors were rammed with tourists (many of them couldn't have been local given the quality of the driving along some of the narrow lanes), once on Dartmoor it wasn't too busy. 

“In the video, I'm riding about halfway between Dartmeet and Two Bridges on a nice descent on the approach to a narrow bridge.

“Now, pretty much the whole way down the person in the blue SEAT sat behind me, presumably because I was going too fast to overtake or they didn't want to pass on the cattle grid/approach to the car park (which is pretty sensible).

“However, what I wasn't expecting was for them to suddenly decide that they were going to go for it immediately before the narrow bridge, and I had started to move towards the centre of the road (obviously after checking that it was safe to do so) to stop them doing precisely this stupid thing. 

Fortunately, the bridge wasn't that narrow, or I would have gone into the side of them, but what was infuriating was they pulled into a car park about 15 seconds later – clearly in a rush to get a spot!

“As tempting as it was to confront them, I decided that it wasn't going to get me anywhere and would just put me in a bad mood if they got aggressive.”

Isaac added: “I haven't sent this one in to the Police as it really isn't that bad compared to some of the passes I receive and do submit (such as the bloke who passed me yesterday within 20cm whilst deliberately washing his windscreen because he took offence to my sister and I riding 2 abreast on our town bikes).”

> Near Miss of the Day turns 100 - Why do we do the feature and what have we learnt from it?

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.

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