Today’s class pass bears more than a passing resemble to last weekend’s now infamous Near Miss of the Day 783, as yet another driver attempts to overtake a cyclist on a single lane, mere metres before a gap opens in the line of parked cars.
Instead of a rather aggressive shouting match and a £2,460 fine for the motorist, today’s video features no swearing at all and resulted in no further action from Gloucestershire Police.
“Now I know where I am going wrong,” writes road.cc reader Richard.
Richard told us that he was “shaken” after the extremely close pass which, as he pointed out, “saved a couple of seconds at best and put a vulnerable road user at risk”.
After submitting the clip to Gloucestershire Constabulary, he received the following response: “I have watched the video and the driver doesn’t cause you to react and change direction or brake so their driving can’t be considered careless.
“They have been behind you for some time and not forced their way past.”
I’m not sure how relevant that last sentence is, but at least Richard received a more sympathetic reply from the firm in charge of the building site the driver was seen leaving:
“Apologies that you have had this experience. The vehicle involved was in fact not one belonging to this firm, however we do recognise the vehicle and will remind the owner accordingly. Once again, apologies.”
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.
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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.
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Ryan joined road.cc as a news writer in December 2021. He has written about cycling and some ball-centric sports for various websites, newspapers, magazines and radio. Before returning to writing about cycling full-time, he completed a PhD in History and published a book and numerous academic articles on religion and politics in Victorian Britain and Ireland (though he remained committed to boring his university colleagues and students with endless cycling trivia). He can be found riding his bike very slowly through the Dromara Hills of Co. Down.
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