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Near Miss of the Day 809: “Just doesn’t get closer than this” – Cyclist squeezed between van and kerb at bike lane pinch point

Our regular series featuring close passes from around the UK and Ireland – today it’s Cork

Today’s Near Miss is a certified classic of the ‘paint isn’t infrastructure’ genre, as a cyclist was forced to lean into a van and “hope for the best” after its driver veered into the poorly executed bike lane at a pinch point.

Cyclist John was riding this morning in Cork city, at the junction of South Terrace and George’s Quay, on a road which, despite its cycle lane, is notorious for close calls involving motorists seemingly oblivious to the protective powers of paint.

“I’m aware of the potential for this type of encroachment at this location,” John told road.cc.

“I spotted the car ahead of the van was already straddling the outer line of the bike lane and was the most likely vehicle to encroach, so I stopped pedalling so as not to intercept at the apex.

“Unfortunately, that lined me up with the van driver who, it turned out, was oblivious to the bike lane, let alone me. I had to lean into the van and hope for the best.”

Near Miss of the Day 809 - Cork

In the eye-opening clip above, posted to Twitter earlier today, the motorist comes within inches of clipping John who was just able to stay upright, thanks to some spectacular last-ditch manoeuvring.

After the incident, John stopped to tell the driver that he was “all over the bike lane” and had “nearly blew me off the kerb” – only to be met with, in the cyclist’s words, “No apology. Not a word. Just a stupid blank look”.

The video has already sparked some fierce discussion on Twitter, with one user describing the close call as “one of the worst I’ve seen”.

Others reckon that the driver’s decision to squeeze the cyclist between his van and the kerb was “deliberate”, while many praised John’s decision-making and bike handling, pointing out that a less experienced cyclist would have fared a lot worse in a similar situation.

Most Twitter users, however, focused on both the perilous layout of that particular junction and, more generally, the belief that paint – surprisingly – is not protection:

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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.

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Ryan joined road.cc as a news writer in December 2021. He has written about cycling and some ball-centric sports for various websites, newspapers, magazines and radio. Before returning to writing about cycling full-time, he completed a PhD in History and published a book and numerous academic articles on religion and politics in Victorian Britain and Ireland (though he remained committed to boring his university colleagues and students with endless cycling trivia). He can be found riding his bike very slowly through the Dromara Hills of Co. Down.

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