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Near Misses

Near misses when you are cycling are scary because they have the potential of being life threatening.

I exchanged emails with my Police and Crime Commissioner’s office in the hopes of finding a way to reduce road danger (the full reply and more besides is in the article: LIFTING A FINGER).

They stated:

The police, Police and Crime Commissioner nor the Highways department however, cannot alone change the behaviour of people when they driver their cars.

To bring about this social reform requires all of us to be involved, leading by example and attempting to influence those around us to drive with more consideration for all road users.

This is very much in line with the aims of the Near Miss project:

Cycling near misses, like SMIDSY’s, close shaves or plain rudeness, can be unpleasant and off-putting. They can influence cycling behaviours and people’s decisions to cycle at all. If too frequent, they could serve as a warning for more serious incidents. We want our findings to be used by planners and policy-makers; to inform street design, for example. We‘ll work to engage the public in an informed debate and help all road users better understand how a minor incident might affect a person cycling.

Here then, are my contributions towards those suggestions. Most incidents were reported to the local “safer neighbourhoods” police and recorded on the COLLIDEOSCO.PE reporting system (which forwards the reports to the highways authority). If a company vehicle was involved then the company was contacted when possible.

One local firm told me, after I shared with them a video of their driver breaking rule 166 of the Highway Code, that they would use my video in their driver training programme. I hope that other companies and individuals also benefit from seeing the road danger from my the vantage point of the cameras on my bicycle.

Most incidents took place on bends of Lynch Hill Park in Whitchurch, Hampshire.

In reverse chronological order:

4 May 2015

YouTube: Overtaken by black Renault Clio BG06 XEC on Lynch Hill Park with oncoming car

22 December 2014: Rule 166 Violation

Overtaken on LHP by grey VW van RO64 XXV

2014-12-22 Overtaken by van RO64 XXV [ RO64XXV ]

15 December 2014: Rule 166 Violation

Overtaken on blind corner LHP by VU09 BMO

Overtake on blind corner LHP at Dances Lane by VU09 BMO [ VU09BMO ]

7 November 2014: Rule 166 Violation

YouTube: Overtake by DG57 VOP on blind bend forcing emergency brake

6 November 2014: Rule 166 Violation

YouTube: Overtaken on bend of Lynch Hill Park by driver of RG03 CDK

6 November 2014: Rule 166 Violation

YouTube: Overtaken at blind corner by BX60 ODT along Lynch Hill Park

31 October 2014: Rule 166 Violation

YouTube: Overtake at speed by GN14 YRG on Lynch Hill Park, Whitchurch, Hampshire

29 October 2014: Rule 166 Violation

YouTube: Overtaken on blind corner by RE63 SYO Audi A1

24 October 2014: Rule 166 Violation

YouTube: Overtaken on blind corner by RX08 KDK on Lynch Hill Park, Whitchurch, Hampshire

11 August 2014: Rule 166 Violation

YouTube: Overtaken on blind corner by driver of Volker Highways DU61 0KS

10 April 2014: Rule 166 Violation

YouTube: Overtake by “GP56 EWN” with oncoming vehicle on Lynch Hill Park
Note: the speed limit is 30mph; it was reduced to 20mph in May.

27 March 2014

YouTube: Overtake by “RJ02 RXF” with oncoming vehicle on Lynch Hill Park
Note: the speed limit is 30mph; it was reduced to 20mph in May.

29 January 2014: Revving of engine then overtakes

YouTube: Driver of HN52 LPV Mercedes van revs engine on LHP
Note: the speed limit is 30mph; it was reduced to 20mph in May.

17 January 2014: Rule 166 Violation

YouTube: IPL Haulage HGV (PU08 MKP) driver overtakes on blind corner
Note: the speed limit is 30mph; it was reduced to 20mph in May.

11 November 2013: Rule 166 Violation

YouTube: Drivers pass on blind corner of Lynch Hill Park RS Birch
Update: Company asks permission (granted!) to use video in their driver training programme.
Note: the speed limit is 30mph; it was reduced to 20mph in May 2014.

Fleet, Hampshire

15 October 2014: Overtake and cut-in

YouTube: Overtake and Cut-In by driver of YC58 TYW at Fleet train station forecourt

9 July 2014: Head-on

YouTube: Almost hit by driver of GJ57 VBB car turning illegally into Fleet train station
Update: the police laid charges based on this video evidence.

15 April 2014: Overtake as approach roundabout

YouTube: Overtake by “PE13 XNS” Premiere Inn lorry driver on Minley Road, Fleet

23 January 2014: Rule 182 Violation

YouTube: Driver of taxi (GJ08 XYM) overtakes then turns left, breaking Highway Code rule 182

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