Today’s Near Miss of the Day features the kind of standard, run-of-the-mill ‘Must Get In Front’ overtake – where an impatient driver just has to pass the person on the bike, despite being mere yards away from a swiftly approaching junction – experienced by cyclists up and down the country.
However, when this particular motorist was called out for his needless (and potentially dangerous) pass, he decided to confront the cyclist… by reversing back down the middle of the road towards oncoming traffic.
Church Lane Bartley Green..Can nearly always guarantee a must get in front..Highways maintenance drivers really are the worst..Close pass, drives over white lines whilst reversing into traffic..#birmingham #bartleygreen #closepass pic.twitter.com/0Ji7Iu5BPZ
— Northfield cyclist (@Northfieldcycl1) October 29, 2022
In the above clip, filmed in the Birmingham suburb of Bartley Green and uploaded to Twitter by Northfield Cyclist, the motorist – driving a Highway Maintenance vehicle – overtakes the cyclist before braking almost immediately to stop at a junction, where he turns right.
The cyclist shouts at the driver: “Really? Just couldn’t wait, could you? Must get in front, must get in front!”
Seemingly displeased with this feedback, the motorist then stops before reversing in the middle of the road, over the double white lines – as drivers approach from both sides, with one forced to slowly navigate their way by – to exchange a few (not so) pleasantries with the cyclist.
Can't wait to pass safely but plenty of time for a chat as usual.
— Dark Side Driver (@urbanfox146) October 29, 2022
West Midlands Police, which claims to be the “first force in the country to proactively target ‘close pass’ drivers who endanger riders”, responded to the clip posted on Twitter, and urged the cyclist to report the incident to their online portal.
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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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.