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Near Miss of the Day 660: Cyclist forced to ride in coned off section of roadworks for safety

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

“It is a regular thing in Cheshire and Manchester for Cadent Gas to not leave enough time for cyclists at a set of roadworks,” says road.cc reader Bob, who as a result was forced to ride in the coned off section for safety, as highlighted in the above video he sent in for our Near Miss of the Day feature.

“They cone off a long section of road, presumably for the safety of their workers, but they don't give cyclists enough time to get through,” he explained.

Contacting the company didn’t do much good, either, with Bob saying: “Last time I complained they just put up ‘Cyclist Dismount’ signs.

“Here is a video of their latest effort near Tatton Park in Cheshire, which seems unchanged since I passed it a week ago, except more cones have been demolished,” he continued.

“I seem to be only halfway through when cars start coming the other way.

“I went into the coned off section for safety.

“Note that they are not working at the site,” he added.

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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.

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

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.

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