The first section of London’s Cycleway 4 opened last September, running 3.4 kilometres from Tower Bridge to Rotherhithe – but today’s video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows what cyclists currently have to deal with further east on the same route as a cyclist is subjected to a close pass at a pinch point.
This is Evelyn Street, with the Pepys Estate on the left and Deptford Park on the right. Eventually, there will be a segregated two-way cycle track on it as Cycleway 4 continues towards Greenwich.
But you can see for yourself not only the poor condition of the road surface that riders have to contend with, especially closer to the kerb, but also the danger the layout puts cyclists in – with the second driver pretty much repeating the same manoeuvre as the first.
The cyclist on the receiving end, road.cc user Trialobike, sent his apologies for the swearing – although as ever, in such circumstances, it seems fully understandable.
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.