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Near Miss of the Day 734: "What are you doing?" — Driver ignores cyclist at roundabout

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

We must have missed the part of the Highway Code which says you can ignore the road user already on the roundabout if they're riding a bicycle...

road.cc reader Lyndon said this one is "another example of how some people are just bad people."

"This happened before 7:00am on my way to work. As I entered the roundabout I made eye contact with the driver approaching on my left, and he made eye contact with me.

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"However, he proceeded to drive straight through the roundabout without so much as slowing down, forcing me to swerve right and hit the brakes. The cherry on the top of this terrible excuse for driving was the prolonged and soulless glare from the driver, window down, as he barrelled past me.

"Just another absolutely pathetic, small angry man in a 2 tonne weapon. I have not reported this to Thames Valley Police as I was not killed this time and therefore their matrix will deem the driver is completely innocent. I have uploaded enough footage far worse than this that has not so much as raised an eyebrow."

Thames Valley Police appeared on road.cc recently, after a reader sent us a video of a frightening incident involving a land rover driver using their vehicle to push a cyclist towards the kerb, moments after shouting abuse for not using the cycle lane.

The driver, after the report was twice downgraded, was only sent a warning letter.

> Motorist drives into cyclist moments after shouting abuse for not using cycle lane

Yesterday we published an update to this story as, following a complaint, Thames Valley Police insisted the driver would have been prosecuted but, "due to staff absences", the two-week deadline was missed.

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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

Dan joined road.cc in 2020, and spent most of his first year (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. At the start of 2022 he took on the role of news editor. Before joining road.cc, Dan wrote about various sports, including football and boxing for the Daily Express, and covered the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for The Non-League Paper. Part of the generation inspired by the 2012 Olympics, Dan has been 'enjoying' life on two wheels ever since and spends his weekends making bonk-induced trips to the petrol stations of the south of England.

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