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Near Miss of the Day 178: Driver turns left from middle lane

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

This cyclist was overtaken when approaching a side road. The driver then turned from the middle lane in front of him.

Ant says he normally rides this route every day for work. “It’s very, very busy but it's generally okay. Cars and lorries are well behaved. Even when I have to cross two lanes to get to a right turn, there is no drama. The biggest danger is motorbikes putting in some high speed passes with no regard for safe distance.”

On this occasion he was in London at the weekend, Saturday July 28, on his way to Dunwich Dynamo. The incident occurred on Marylebone Road, just past Madame Tussauds.

“You'll see the Fiesta was quite behind me going past the entrance to the left turn lane. They come alongside me, then they must think I've teleported somewhere and just cut straight across.

“I'm struggling to imagine what they were thinking, aside from not understanding lane discipline – do things that are not directly in front of them no longer exist?”

Ant says he’s also interested to know what people think the carriageway markings should be for bus and taxi traffic at this junction.

“I can't find any online recommendations,” he said. “A lot of drivers who are commenting on this think I should have turned left, and I can't refute that.”

He adds: “Clearly (to me) this is an interruption in a bus lane to allow a left turn for non-bus lane traffic, and the lane continues, because it’s the major route into London – but not everyone is seeing that.”

> Near Miss of the Day turns 100 - Why do we do the feature and what have we learnt from it?

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.

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

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