Here’s something a bit different for our Near Miss of the Day series – a driver pulling out of a hospital into the path of a cyclist, almost sending the rider into it, at least in the figurative sense.
It happened in Guernsey in the Channel Islands, with the road.cc reader who filmed it, Alex, telling us: “I was on my way to work this morning when this guy pulled out of the local hospital right in front of me – and I'm not even sorry for the language.
“I thought the turbo lag on his diesel was a nice touch to make it a dangerous manoeuvre even more frightening, before his exhaust managed to trump the filth coming out my mouth, which kind of suggests he saw me but still went for it anyway.
“I've learnt from experience (and previous visits to said hospital) that the local police have no interest in looking after cyclists, let along being bothered to follow up on foreign registered cars, so I have no interest in wasting an hour of my life just creating paperwork for them by giving a statement to report the driver who'll just disappear back to the UK anyway.
“Winners all round!”
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 has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.