If you live in London, or indeed any big town or city, you’ll be well aware that recent years have seen an explosion in the number of motor scooters on the road – or indeed often parked at right angles towards the kerb – creating yet another hazard for urban cyclists with many food delivery riders weaving in and out of traffic on their way to a pick-up or drop-off.
Today’s video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows the moment one scooter rider zooms past a cyclist – who wishes to remain anonymous and did not send the footage to the police – at the junction of St George’s Circus and London Road in South London, leaving just inches to spare.
One thing worth noting here is that the roundabout lies on the route of the mostly segregated Cycleway 6 – indeed, the cyclist has just ridden down Blackfriars Road towards Elephant & Castle.
The problem at this particular junction, though is that instead of heading down London Road, which leads straight to the Elephant – as plain a desire line as you’ll find especially for anyone who is heading on to the New Kent Road afterwards – Cycleway 6 takes a bit of a detour in its final section.
Take a look at the map here, which is centred on St George’s Circus and you’ll see how Cycleway 9 – the green line that comes down from the top centre of the image – veers off course before turning back towards Elephant & Castle, bottom right.
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.