Near Miss of the Day 12: Audi driver cuts off corner, forcing cyclist to brake

Our regular feature highlighting close passes caught on camera from around the country – today it’s Windsor

Any close pass is an unsettling experience for the cyclist on the receiving end, but the latest entry in our regular Near Miss of the Day feature is a particularly shocking one as an Audi driver overtakes at on a blind corner, cutting off the road in front of the rider, who was forced to brake to avoid a crash.

The incident took place within a stone's throw of Windsor Castle - part of which is visible directly ahead as the driver overtakes the cyclist, road.cc reader Conrad Dalziel, at the junction of Sheet Street and the Berkshire town's High Street.

In the description of the video on YouTube, where it was uploaded in September last year, Conrad says: "Audi driver decides to overtake on a blind corner and then cuts across the corner, leaving me nowhere to go.

"If I'd been any further forward we would have come together but I managed to get to the brakes in time."

The incident took place in the Thames Valley Police area, which operates its roads policing unit in partnership with Hampshire Constabulary, with the forces confirming earlier this year that they would be targeting drivers who make close passes on cyclists.

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 contact us via the road.cc Facebook page.

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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