Our Near Miss of the Day feature today highlights an aggressive lorry driver who taligated a cyclist ahead of them, sounding their horn and gesturing at the rider to get out of the way as they went through roadworks in Essex, and then making a punishment so close that the rider describes it as “the worst incident I think I have ever experienced.”
The clip was filmed by road.cc reader Tony, who told us: “I’ve submitted several videos to yourselves over the years but none have come as close this incident!
“This happened last Tuesday, 26 October in Thurrock, Essex. I was at the start of my commute to work cycling along a stretch of road currently undergoing some roadworks that also sees the shared use path closed off with the speed limit being lowered from 50 to 30mph.
“I’m amongst the roadworks, cones both sides of me when the driver behind starts sounding their horn at me, I look over my shoulder and see the driver gesturing at me to get out of their way.
“I continue on, unfortunately knowing what is about to come, and sure enough, as soon as the road open up a bit the driver performs a punishment pass – passing so close that I actually thought I might end up under their rear wheels as the vehicle had to pull across to make it through the approaching pinch point.
“This was the worst incident I think I have ever experienced, made worse by the rain and wet roads,” Tony said.
“I reported the incident to Essex Police who have updated saying the driver has been given the choice of a conditional offer [ie points and fine] or driver awareness course,” he added.
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 joined road.cc as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.