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Near miss of the day 38: HGV pulls out on cyclist who then has to accelerate to make himself visible

Our regular feature highlighting close passes caught on camera from around the country – today it’s London

Today’s near miss only becomes scarier with each subsequent viewing. An HGV driver pulling out on a cyclist would be bad enough, but the looming shadow once the driver has completed that manoeuvre is arguably even more frightening.

Dan B said the incident occurred in Clapton on October 5 at around 6.20am.

“My focus was on the silver car ahead ready to pull out. I saw the lorry and I assumed he was going to stop since he was attempting a 90 degree turn which would need to be done slowly. He didn't, so I had to keep going otherwise I'd have met with the side of the lorry.

“I then found myself right in front of the cab as he completed his turn into my lane, so I had to accelerate to get out in front into the driver's view. It was only when I managed to get myself about ten feet in front of the cab he became aware of me. He had a very shocked look on his face.”

He adds: “You can see the shadow of the cab as the lorry is turning behind me. The camera doesn't quite do it justice but it was very close. The lorry didn't pause or slow at all during its turn.”

Dan B emailed the video to the company. They acknowledged receipt and asked for the exact location, informing Dan they would get back to him with their response.

Over the years 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] or send us a message via the 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.

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