Clear Channel UK responded to this social media firestorm, apologising for "any distress caused" and promising to address the driving with their employee.
Cathie decided against reporting it to the police, despite encouragement from CyclingMikey, saying "I guess I'm giving them the benefit of the doubt" and hoping "the driver will be advised that it's not okay".
The cyclist was riding with their side of the road clear when the driver, ignoring the oncoming rider and cars parked on their side, sped past in the opposite direction, pushing Cathie towards the edge of the road.
Please ask your drivers to take better care around cyclists. As you can see I had priority but they didn't move in to let me pass safely when there was an opportunity to do so, and they did not slow down. Please excuse my language - I was a little shaken. pic.twitter.com/as5288o7sg
— Cathie (@PurpleMouse) February 14, 2022
In response, Clear Channel UK said: "Thanks for bringing this to our attention. We are really sorry about any distress caused and will be addressing this with the driver concerned to ensure this won't happen again in the future."
Please could I suggest that companies that run fleets of vehicles should address this kind of thing at an organisational level, with ALL drivers, not just an individual.
— RiderW5 (@W5Rider) February 15, 2022
Cathie would be justified to report that to the police. I don’t wish the driver to be sacked but perhaps when you speak to them you mention this.
— Bike Rogers (@bike_rogers) February 14, 2022
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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Dan joined road.cc in 2020, and spent most of his first year (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. At the start of 2022 he took on the role of news editor. Before joining road.cc, Dan wrote about various sports, including football and boxing for the Daily Express, and covered the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for The Non-League Paper. Part of the generation inspired by the 2012 Olympics, Dan has been 'enjoying' life on two wheels ever since and spends his weekends making bonk-induced trips to the petrol stations of the south of England.