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Near Miss of the Day 249: London bus runs red light

Our regular feature showing close passes from around the country - today it's London...

Today’s near miss features a cyclist stopping at a red light and a bus failing to do so.

The incident occurred in 2016 while Simon was heading west on the A3 (Wandsworth High Street, just off the end of CS8) and about to turn left to head south on Garratt Lane.

Simon – who also sent us this close pass by someone driving a cement truck – was keen to emphasise just how scary it is to have a long vehicle turn towards you when you’re trapped on the inside.

“Having come to a stop at a red light a bus driver decided that red lights are actually just advisory, and rounded the corner through the light with me on its inside – which isn't dangerous at all...” he said.

> Near Miss of the Day turns 100 - Why do we do the feature and what have we learnt from it?

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.

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

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