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Near Miss of the Day 85: Cyclist squeezed by lorry changing lanes

Our regular feature highlighting near misses caught on camera from around the country – today it’s Manchester

Roads with multiple lanes are often the most unnerving for cyclists. The man who shot today’s video says that with hindsight he wishes he’d hung back at the lights after he then found himself riding alongside an HGV.

The incident took place on October 16 at about 5.30pm on Manchester’s A56, at the junction with Chester Road.

James said that he initially only uploaded the video to show friends because he felt stupid he didn’t see the incident coming.

“I feel I made a mistake following the bus. It was super tight and I was really lucky I got on the brakes when I did.”

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.

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