Here’s a first. We haven’t had a submission to our Near Miss of the Day feature before that left the cyclist wondering whether the motorist concerned had an issue with the squirrel suit he was wearing.
“It happened to road.cc reader Peter last Thursday. He told us: “I had this strange driver try to drive at me the other day. I submitted a video to Avon & Somerset Constabulary via their upload facility (not via YouTube obviously):
“Here's a longer version that has 2 minutes before and 2 minutes after (as required by the police portal).
“I've just got a response stating:
On viewing the footage I agree that the standard of driving falls below the required standard and I shall be sending an advisory letter to the registered keeper of the vehicle.
Peter continued: “This happened at Hutton Moor Roundabout in sunny Weston-super-Mare as I was starting my commute home (unfortunately, I had the wrong time on my Cycliq, so it's an hour fast).
“I have no idea why the car suddenly turned towards/at me and I hadn't heard any shouting or beeping of horns etc.
“Maybe they just don't like people wearing squirrel suits?”
Sadly, we don’t have a picture of Peter in said attire, but we’ll take his word for 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.
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).
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.