Roundabouts are a road feature that crop up regularly on our Near Miss of the Day feature, most often because a motorist joining one has failed to spot a cyclist already on it. Today though we have something slightly different, with a driver overtaking a cyclist on the exit from a roundabout where there is simply not enough room to pass the rider safely.
The clip was sent in by road.cc reader Steve. who filmed it in Binfield, Bracknell
on Friday 10 July 2020 at 10am.
"I was riding West along Forest Road." he told us. "A driving school car overtook me before the roundabout so that I was forced to take the roundabout in the left hand lane.
"As we got near the second exit the Mercedes driver overtook me, failing to
take account of the oncoming vehicle, resulting in a very close pass.
"Thames Valley Police have sent a letter to the registered keeper," he added.
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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Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.