Today’s video in our Near Miss of the Day feature is one of the most shocking incidents we have had submitted for the series – and it resulted in a £500 fine and 12-month ban for the driver involved.
It shows a motorist overtaking a cyclist who was indicating to turn right – and then, after the cyclist remonstrated, chasing after him and trying to run him off the road.
The footage was recorded by road.cc reader Jon, who told us: “This was only the second time I'd used the camera,” hence the incorrect date stamp.
“The incident took place back in February on my commute home from work in Gateshead by the River Tyne.
“It went to trial in October and the person driving received a £500 fine [for dangerous driving] and a 12-month ban with the requirement to pass an extended retest,” Jon said.
“The police were very good in handling the case with me,” he continued. “As I've commuted by bike for over 10 years this isn't the first time I've had to speak to them but without video evidence they've never managed much more than a call on the driver concerned.
“A friend of mine was involved in a hit and run not long before this incident so I was keen to make sure a driver behaving like this received appropriate punishment for their actions.
“You can see the original close pass, where I was indicating to turn right when I was overtaken. The driver then turned, caught up with me and tried to run me off the road twice.
“I had nowhere to go and felt very vulnerable until I escaped onto the bike path at the end of the video.
“I probably spent the next couple of weeks looking over my shoulder anxiously as I ride these roads every day and our paths could cross.
“It hasn't stopped me riding, close passes and near misses are all too common so sadly I've had to become immune to all but the worst of them,” Jon added.
“Overall cycling is still the most enjoyable way to get to work. More awareness and campaigning is needed to make this behaviour unacceptable,” he concluded.
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.