This near miss featured one oncoming driver turning across a cyclist’s path… and then a second driver following.
James has only recently purchased a camera, “as I fairly regularly encounter drivers with questionable judgement on my 11 mile commute through Bristol.”
Most of James’s commute is on the Concorde Way cycle path from the city centre to north Bristol with only around 15 minutes on the road in his 40-minute ride.
“Unfortunately, this seems to be enough to see some truly awful rush hour driving where drivers are fighting for every metre in order to get to the next standstill traffic jam; putting pedestrians and cyclists at risk in the process.”
This particular incident occurred on August 1 – only the second day James had used the camera.
He said the driver of the silver car paused before cutting the corner. “Following the silver car was a lady in the brown C-Max, who definitely saw me, was looking me right in the eye, but decided to put her foot down and cut right in front of me at speed and into the oncoming traffic of the side-road.
“You can't really hear anything with this camera but I skidded and lost enough speed to miss the side of her car.”
It looks close, but James also reckons the super wide angle lens makes objects appear much further away that they were in reality.
The footage was submitted to Avon and Somerset Police, who have responded:
"On viewing the footage I agree that the standard of driving falls below the required standard and I shall be seeking to prosecute the driver of the vehicle.
"Thank you for taking the time to upload your footage and helping to keep our roads safe."
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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