Some very poor driving on display in our Near Miss of the Day feature today, with a van driver overtaking a cyclist on a narrow road failing to slow down for two others coming in the other direction and almost hitting them.
Mark, the road.cc reader who sent us the clip, said: "It happened a couple of weeks ago on a quiet country road in Foulridge, Lancashire.
"I was out with my 14 year old son on our MTBs, me in front and my lad behind. I could see the white van coming down the road from some way off and could tell he was going a bit quick, but as I got closer I could see he was overtaking another cyclist, not slowing down and almost completely on my side of the road.
"I had no choice but to come to a complete stop and head as far into the side of the road as I could, telling my lad behind to do the same.
"Fair to say I may have made my feelings known to the driver of the van who gave me a middle finger salute, which I guess tells you all you need to know about the utter cockwomble behind the wheel. Wasn't just me and my son he endangered but also the other cyclist, who you can see has a worried look over their shoulder as the van comes through.
"I've seen plenty of bad driving in my time but this was one of the worst, if I hadn't stopped I've no doubt the van would have taken me and my son out as there was literally no room. Complete buffoonery of the highest calibre."
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.
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.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc 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.