Here’s a Near Miss of the Day video that bucks some of the trends we usually see – with a motorist who doesn’t overtake a cyclist despite the fact there is approaching traffic, and doesn’t overtake him through roadworks.
Instead, the driver waits until they are through the roadworks, and the road is clear – and then still manages to make a close pass, at speed, on the rider.
The video was sent in by road.cc reader William, who said: “This is a close pass from 29 February 2020.
“The interesting feature is that I received a surprise message from Lancashire Constabulary yesterday (Wednesday 19 August) saying the case was to be prosecuted and asking me to approve and sign a court statement.
“There has been no other communication about the case from Lancashire Constabulary since I submitted the report online on 1 March.”
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.