A road.cc reader who fell off his bike after a motorist cut him up decided not to venture out again without being able to record his rides on film – and captured footage of three close passes within the first week of doing so in mid-June, all on Surrey roads.
“I recently experienced several cut offs, near misses and close passes involving reckless and irresponsible drivers,” road.cc reader Jack told us.
“After one of the Audi drivers cut me off three weeks ago and I fell on to the pavement (The driver did not stop) I decided not to move from home without a camera on my bike.
“Here is what I captured within a week of cycling only and I would like to share it with you and the road.cc community.”
First, in the video above shot on the B376 in Staines, we have a Ford Fiesta driver who is overtaking the rider but there is a van ahead waiting to turn right, so the motorist holds back until it is safe to pass the rider, yes? Well, no. They squeeze into the gap between the cyclist and the van, of course.
That incident wasn’t reported to Surrey Police, but the other two were. Next up, we’re on the A320 heading towards Chertsey, and it’s one of those close passes we see all too often as the overtaking driver cuts back in because there is a car approaching from the opposite direction.
And finally, on the A380 as Jack was riding towards Windsor, there’s another close overtake, this time on a road with double white lines.
Under Rule 129 of the Highway Code, where the carriageway has “double white lines where the line nearest you is solid,” drivers “MUST NOT cross or straddle it unless it is safe and you need to enter adjoining premises or a side road.”
It adds that they “may cross the line if necessary, provided the road is clear, to pass a stationary vehicle, or overtake a pedal cycle, horse or road maintenance vehicle, if they are travelling at 10 mph (16 km/h) or less.”
Clearly Jack is riding above 10mph but few would have a problem with the first driver overtaking him; the road is clear, and they give the cyclist plenty of space.
The second motorist however is a different case altogether, squeezing past the rider with traffic coming the other way, and going over the double white lines in the process.
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.