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Near Miss of the Day 864: Bus driver squeezes cyclist towards kerb at stop

"The driver just blanked me – no recognition of me or the incident at all"...

Another Near Miss of the Day submission from London, this time as a bus driver pulled into a stop, squeezing a cyclist on their inside towards the kerb and to a standstill.

The incident happened last Thursday as reader Adrian passed through Stockwell across a "bad layout" that "feeds a cycle lane from one of the busiest cycle junctions in London into a bus lane, shortly before a bus stop".

"I know it well and so if there are any buses I watch their indicators very carefully," he told us. "This driver elected to use them as a statement of fact rather than intent, long after my options had gone. I've not reported it to the police, but I'll send it to TfL. The driver just blanked me – no recognition of me or the incident at all."

> Near Miss of the Day 863: Motorcyclist zooms into cycle lane from the wrong side and forces cyclist on the road contacted TfL and were told they will be "supporting" the route's operator Arriva as they investigate the incident.

"We expect the highest standards from bus drivers and will not tolerate any driving that endangers cyclists or pedestrians. We are supporting Arriva, who operate this route on our behalf, into their investigation into this incident," TfL's head of bus operations Rosie Trew said.

The footage is strikingly similar to that of NMotD 851 which prompted TfL to launch an investigation after an "unacceptable" close passing bus driver pulled a similar manoeuvre to the one seen here.

The rider described the driving as "bullyish", meaning "you have no option but to brake or you're going to get hit by a bus".

> Cyclist speaks out about "bullyish" bus driving that prompted Transport for London investigation

At the time, Trew, told that the government body and RATP, who operate the route on TfL's behalf, are currently investigating the incident.

"Driving that endangers cyclists or pedestrians is unacceptable and far from the required standard of our bus drivers," Trew told us almost exactly three months ago today. "We are working with RATP… to investigate this incident and ensure it doesn't happen again."

> Near Miss of the Day turns 100 – Why do we do the feature and what have we learnt from it?

Over the years 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] or send us a message via the 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.

> What to do if you capture a near miss or close pass (or worse) on camera while cycling

Dan joined 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, 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.

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ShutTheFrontDawes replied to Secret_squirrel | 6 months ago

You know that the "blind spot" does not absolve a driver of the responsibility to check that their way is clear, right? The driver either was changing lanes and did not know that the lane they were entering was clear, or they did know it wasn't clear and just didn't give a damn.

Would I have done that manoeuvre on a bike? No, I'd have held back, but the driver is 100% at fault for the near miss.

Fignon's ghost | 6 months ago

I hate MGIF scumbags. However. In this instance. Hmm...
The bus was always in front and the cyclist tried to run the gap. Just "one of those". IMHO.

Being a vulnerable road user is tough out there!

Stay safe 👍


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