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Near Miss of the Day 840: Cyclist narrowly avoids collision with motorist who doesn't wait at roundabout

Remind us which direction we give way to at roundabouts?

With Salford's new 'cycling roundabout' the talk of the live blog the other week, today's Near Miss of the Day serves as a reminder of the dangers we hope to avoid at 'normal' roundabouts...

Comparing it to Near Miss of the Day 838 — where a rider in full hi-vis and with lights was inexplicably unseen by a driver at a mini-roundabout — reader Richard told us he had noted an improvement in Gloucestershire Police's response to this submission, with the force "actually taking action" and sending out a prosecution notice.

> Near Miss of the Day 839: Pickup driver screeches to a halt and chases cyclist on foot after rider slapped vehicle during close pass

Having waited six months Richard got in touch with the police to try to find out the outcome of his report, receiving the following reply: 

These cases are dealt with via an educational course or a fine and points.
If you are needed for court we would contact you.

The cyclist told us: "I thought you may be interested in using this for NMotD. Interesting for two reasons. It is similar to Cyclegranny's recent experience [NMotD 838] but more unusually it actually led to Gloucestershire Constabulary taking action.

"I haven't been contacted so I'm assuming it's been dealt with outside of court. The thing that amazed me is that no attempt was made to leave me any room and the driver actually touched the white centre markings.

"It was purely down to me to get out of the way."

> 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.

Dan joined 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, 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.

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