Today's Near Miss of the Day is a really close call, with an impatient and dangerous driver — refusing to wait until after the bend to overtake a cyclist — almost causing a collision with the van driver coming the opposite way.
road.cc reader Pedro was riding out of Wakefield towards Royston along the B6132 when the driver sped past, despite oncoming traffic, causing the van driver to brake to avoid a collision.
The Highway Code, backed up by the 1988 Road Traffic Act, says that when there are double white lines where the nearest to you is solid:
This means you MUST NOT cross or straddle it unless it is safe and you need to enter adjoining premises or a side road. You may cross the line if necessary, provided the road is clear, to pass a stationary vehicle, or overtake a pedal cycle, horse or road maintenance vehicle, if they are travelling at 10 mph (16 km/h) or less.
In all honesty we probably did not need to dig out the Highway Code to see that the driving was not safe...
Anyway, Pedro told us: "The number plate, make and model of the car cannot be distinguished. I have to increase the quality mode of the camera as I am still testing it. I didn't report it to the police because of this problem."
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.
Dan joined road.cc in 2020, and spent most of his first year (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. At the start of 2022 he took on the role of news editor. Before joining road.cc, Dan wrote about various sports, including football and boxing for the Daily Express, and covered the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for The Non-League Paper. Part of the generation inspired by the 2012 Olympics, Dan has been 'enjoying' life on two wheels ever since and spends his weekends making bonk-induced trips to the petrol stations of the south of England.