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Near Miss of the Day 172: Chip-eating driver almost doors cyclist

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

The latest video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows the moment a motorist who had been tucking into a bag of chips opened his car door into the path of a cyclist, who fortunately managed to take evasive action.

The footage was shot on Friday near the High Fry chip shop on Southview Road, Chester, by road.cc reader Dave, who told us that he’s left the audio muted due to the language it contained – understandable, in the circumstances.

He said: “I'd had a few near misses recently from cars pulling out on me and even a woman throw a ball for her dog out in front of me on a cycle path (after the saw me coming and looked to be waiting for me to pass) so I decided to get my GoPro mounted up for future rides.

“My first ride with it mounted below my Garmin gets a car parked on a bend on double yellows with no sign of it having an occupant – I try to go as far over to the right as I feel comfortable with in case of oncoming traffic and would have clearly been visible in the car’s mirrors yet they swung the door open as I passed.

“Luckily I have pretty quick reactions and shouted as it started to open as well as swerve.

“If there were oncoming traffic (which is usually fast on that bend), they may have forced or pushed me into it.”

Dave added: “When pausing the video as the car door opens to get a good thumbnail for YouTube I found the guy has empty chip wrappers in one hand so must have been sitting there eating for some time before I came along.”

Currently, the offence of opening or permitting a car door to be opened so as to cause injury or endanger someone is punishable by a maximum fine of £1,000, although the charity Cycling UK has been lobbying the government to introduce tougher penalties and include the so-called Dutch Reach technique within the Highway Code.

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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.

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 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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