It's never something to be celebrated when our Near Miss of the Day series hits another milestone, as in an ideal world there wouldn't be enough incidents for us to report on regularly... unfortunately that's not the case, and our 600th is the first submission captured from a home CCTV camera. There's also a 'bonus' filmed from the dashcam of road.cc reader Tony's van.
At 19 secs into the first video, we see the driver of a black sports car pulling out of a junction, only to come to a sharp stop in the middle of the road as they spot a cyclist at the last minute. Though the footage is grainy, we can see the cyclist glance to their right as thankfully, the driver slams on the brakes just in time.
In the second clip (taken on 16th June 2021), we see a driver overtaking a cyclist on a single carriageway while Tony is travelling in the opposite direction in his van. Rather than waiting for a couple of seconds for the van to pass, the driver overtakes the cyclist with inches to spare in the same narrow lane.
Tony told us: "Unfortunately, neither car is identifiable so I cannot submit them. Maybe the cyclists will recognise themselves or the incidents."
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.
Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.