England went back into full lockdown last Wednesday, but the roads are a lot busier than they were in spring last year when restrictions aimed at containing COVID-19 were first introduced – and here we have a cyclist who, on the first day the new rules came in, was tailgated by a driver who then made a deliberate close pass on him.
The clip, filmed in Nottinghamshire, was sent in by road.cc reader Julian, who is an accredited cycling instructor.
He said: “For the 15-20 seconds preceding the video clip, this driver had been tailgating me, as I was doing my best to navigate my way thru streaks of mucky debris left on a rural road (Swabs Lane) nr Cropwell Bishop.
“The driver had also shown further signs of aggressive deliberation: revving his engine as he was tailgating me.
“The pass was so close that the side of the vehicle came into contact with my foot: if you slow down/freeze frame you will be able to see the mark my foot left on the side of the vehicle door,” Julian 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.
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.