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Near Miss of the Day 622: Driver nearly right-hooks cyclist on roundabout

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

We ​see quite a few Near Miss of the Day submissions that have taken place on large roundabouts – typically, when a cyclist is going around the outside lane but not looking to take the first exit on the left, only for a motorist who is heading for that exit cutting across them.

This one from Coventry is a different scenario, however. Approaching the junction, the cyclist is in a lane clearly marked for traffic to go straight on or left at the roundabout. As he rides through it, a driver passes on his left, then moves across his path.

There’s no rear-facing footage, but it seems a fair assumption that the driver entered the roundabout from the lane marked for left-turning traffic, before coming up alongside the cyclist and turning across him.

“It was my first commute into the office for over 18 months,” said road.cc reader Brendon. “In Binley (the edge of Coventry) the roads were relatively quiet and it was a pleasant dry day.

“However the driver behind in a black Ford Fiesta decided it would be a good idea to use the left hand lane at a roundabout to turn right, and cut me up in the process.

“I can only presume that she thought I was also turning right, as I would hope she wasn’t deliberately trying to hit me as I cycled straight on at the roundabout.

“I have submitted the footage to West Midlands Police via operation snap, but I have yet to hear back from them,” he added.

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

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.

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

Simon joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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