The latest video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows the moment a motorist whose car was towing a trailer cut in on two cyclists in South Yorkshire in what they believe was a deliberate act.
It was filmed in September in Moss near Doncaster by road.cc reader Steve, who told us: “There were two of us, yes side by side but on a quiet road. Just as we were getting into the village the cyclist (Chris) on my outside had to swerve and cut in front of me to avoid being hit by the passing car and trailer.
“There was absolutely nothing on the other side of the road as he approached us and nothing after he passed. So the cut in was totally deliberate in our eyes.
“Unfortunately Chris’s leg obscures the cars reg and as you can see there is no reg on the trailer. So I could not report this to the police for further action.
“I was really concerned as it was my first ride after dislocating my shoulder, so the last thing I needed was to be run off the road and crash. Luckily we had enough skill and awareness to avoid that outcome,” he added.
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.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.