Near Miss of the Day 424: "Morons" ignore red lights and drive at cyclists through roadworks

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

While temporary cycling infrastructure is going up in many places in towns and cities across the UK, roadworks are still a feature, whether being actively undertaken, or the barriers left in place due to works being suspended - and it's roadworks, apparently for fibre optic broadband, that feature in today's Near Miss of the Day video as cyclists going through a temporary traffic light that has just turned green find drivers, who have presumably ignored a red light at the other end, coming straight towards them.

The vast majority of the videos we feature in this series are from people who've been cycling for years - but this one is from someone who, like many others, has only started riding a bike recently with many people taking to two wheels during lockdown whether for exercise or everyday journeys.

Kenny, the road,cc reader who shot the video on Monday, said: "I'm new to cycling, but I've found on every trip I've taken so far, there's at least one dangerous driver threatening my safety.

"Today it was these morons, skipping a red light & driving at cyclists in narrow lanes, on New North Road, Canonbury, London."

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Over the years 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] or send us a message via the Facebook page.

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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 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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