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Near Miss of the Day 71: Bus driver ignores red light at crossing

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

Today's Near Miss of the Day comes from London-based helmet camera user Evo Lucas and features a bus driver ignoring a red light at a toucan crossing, leaning on his horn as he tries to force his way through the cyclists and pedestrians crossing on green.

It happened on Wednesday morning in Lewisham, south east London, and Evo told us: "This type of thing happens every day.

"If it's not a bus driver it's an HGV or car driver taking the piss with the lights.

"With the bus I actually put myself in his way to stop him blocking the whole crossing."

He added:  "At least it was a 'civil' discussion highlighting our uncivil road environment."

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.


Simon has been news editor at 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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