Update, 4/2/2022: Darryl has now provided us with an update after hearing back from Thames Valley Police. He said: "Thames Valley Police responded saying that after reviewing the footage it is clear that the driver didn't leave enough space, therefore they have had an official warning and no further action taken. I also received an apology from the company."
“An awful overtake” is the verdict of the cyclist who was on the receiving end of this piece of driving by a bus driver in Hertfordshire who ignored oncoming traffic to overtake the rider, pulling in perilously close to him before it was safe to do so.
And as we see so often in this series, the driver’s determination to get in front of the cyclist and put him in danger was misplaced too, the rider catching up with the bus shortly afterwards.
Darryl, the road.cc reader who submitted the video, said: “I had a very near miss with a double decker bus whilst cycling in Wendover, Buckinghamshire on Friday afternoon.
“I had lights front and rear and there is oncoming traffic but it still didn't stop an awful overtake.”
The bus is operated by Red Rose Travel, which runs services in Buckinghamshire, Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire, including the numbers 50 and 55 which go through Wendover.
There is no route X listed on the company’s website, however, leading us to wonder whether this bus was out of service at the time?
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 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.