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Near Miss of the Day 615: Driver cuts up cyclist ... to park on segregated cycle lane

Our regular series featuring close passes from around the country - today it's London...

Our story on the live blog yesterday about a film crew parking their vehicles in the cycle lane in London’s Hyde Park has prompted a reader to share an incident that happened to him a couple of months ago when a driver cut across him to park up on a segregated cycleway in Waltham Forest, one of the capital’s Mini Holland boroughs.

Tony, the cyclist who filmed the clip, told us: “I was out for an early ride one Sunday morning, using a segregated cycle lane along Forest Road, Walthamstow when a driver who had pulled out of a side road shortly before, decides the cycle lane is where they're going to park.

“He was completely oblivious to the fact that I was there in the cycle lane, but then they kept signalling that I should move on so they could park there.

“Having nowhere else to really be that morning I simply waited them out until they moved off.”

He added: “I reported them to the Metropolitan Police who issued a Notice of Intended Prosecution, unfortunately unless it goes to court, that is all I will ever know about the outcome.”

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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.

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Simon has been news editor at 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.

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