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Near Miss of the Day 756: Cyclist “forced off road to avoid being knocked off or run over”

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

A cyclist in Kent experienced a close pass from a lorry driver which led to him “being forced off of the road to avoid being knocked off or run over” – as shown here in our latest Near Miss of the Day video.

It was filmed on 14 April by reader Daniel, who reported it through an online form to Kent Police the same day, but he told us that he has not received a response, and police have not requested the video from him.

“As 14 days have now passed I assume they have done and will do nothing,” he said.

In the description of the video that Daniel supplied to police, he wrote:

Cycling uphill towards the layby there was a queue of vehicles travelling in the opposite direction waiting to pass roadworks.

Nearing the layby I became aware of a lorry approaching from behind as I was about to crest the hill but it did not sound like it was going to wait to pass. At the entrance to the layby the lorry forced its way past pushing me across the white line into the layby to avoid being knocked off or run over.

There were still vehicles queuing in the opposite direction at this stage and another lorry at the point of passing so no way the driver could have moved over to give a safe passing distance but they could have waited and passed safely shortly after.

He said that the close pass took place “on the A225 between Farningham and Sutton‒at‒Hone in Kent by the northbound layby.

“Signage on the lorry is quite clear as it passes but it seems to be a small outfit and I saw little point in trying to take this up with them.”

Daniel added: “Having reviewed this 14 days after it happened it somehow seems worse than I remember.”

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Over the years 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] or send us a message via the 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.

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

Simon joined 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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