Today’s video in our Near Miss of the Day feature is one that reflects a growing sub-genre in the series – the cyclist on a roundabout who, despite wearing hi-viz and using lights, is ‘invisible’ to a motorist.
This one happened back in August in Hatfield, Hertfordshire and was submitted by road.cc reader Tony, who told us: “The idiot in this car just didn't look as he entered the roundabout. I had to brake and literally turn my front wheel to avoid him ploughing straight into me.
“Despite the fact that I wear a bright yellow jacket and have loads of lights, the driver was completely oblivious. He had no idea that I was there, let alone just how close he had come to killing me.
“My camera was helmet mounted, so the video doesn't look like he was as close as he actually was.
“No doubt he would be the first to complain about cyclists. I didn't report him, but in probably should have done, just to make him aware of how dangerous he is.”
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.
Simon has been news editor at road.cc 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.