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Near Miss of the Day 647: Driver squeezes cyclist into kerb

Our regular series featuring close passes from around the country - today it's Hertfordshire...

A driver squeezing a cyclist into a kerb outside Royston Station in Hertfordshire is what we have in our Near Miss of the Day series today, with the rider saying that poor infrastructure was also partly to blame.

John, who posted the video to YouTube, said: “Whilst this was telegraphed right from the point when the van signals to turn right, there was a weary inevitability of at least one of the following drivers not being able to see beyond the end of their bonnet and creating an easily preventable situation.

“This also demonstrates that poor cycle infrastructure, in this case a narrow cycle lane that disappears just where you need it, can cause more problems than it solves.

“Not reported as driver apologised and no damage done apart from a bit of a scratch from my bar end to her quarter panel,” he concluded, adding that the driver will “hopefully be a bit more aware in future.”

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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.

> What to do if you capture a near miss or close pass (or worse) on camera while cycling

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.

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