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Near Miss of the Day 753: Wrong-way e-scooter rider cuts across cyclist

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

A cyclist in south west London who was riding slowly around the back of an ambulance in south west London got a bit of a shock to find an e-scooter rider coming the wrong way down a one-way street cutting across her path then heading through a No Entry sign.

The incident happened last Friday 15 April at the junction of Cowleaze Road and the A307 in Kingston-upon-Thames in south west London.

The footage was shot by road.cc reader jaysa, who told us: “I’m dawdling up a bus lane expecting to sync with the lights ahead changing to green.

“A private ambulance is stationary across the bus lane, so I creep behind him super slow as I can’t see past … and encounter a scooter on the wrong side of the road, riding too fast for his visibility, turning through the No Entry sign and on the wrong side of the emerging car.

“I came to a halt a foot away from him ... luckily I was creeping round the back of the van as I couldn't see far. But definitely didn't expect that!

“I'm all for scooters but not when ridden by Herberts,” jaysa added.

As the law currently stands, it is illegal to use privately-owned e-scooters on public roads, and police regularly confiscate them, with riders potentially facing charges including driving a motor vehicle with no insurance.

With approval from the Department for Transport, some London boroughs – but not Kingston-upon-Thames – are participating in a scheme under which e-scooters may be hired, provided the user fulfils several criteria including being aged 18 or over and having a full or provisional driving licence.

Three rental firms – Dott, Lime and Tier – are involved in the trial which began in July 2021, but the one in the video does not appear to belong to any of those companies.

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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.

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.

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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