A driver almost hitting a cyclist on a roundabout in Newbury features in today’s video in our Near Miss of the Day series – but the registered keeper of the vehicle received nothing more than a warning letter from Thames Valley Police.
It’s impossible to tell whether the driver simply did not see the cyclist, possibly through distraction, or whether they did spot the rider and decided to plough through the roundabout regardless – we suspect the latter, and it’s a gamble that clearly could had had horrific consequences.
As for the decision taken by the police to only send a warning letter, Andy, the road.cc reader who filmed the clip, said that to him it “sums up why roads are so dangerous, inattention is just accepted.”
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.