Near Miss of the Day has so far featured trucks, cars, vans, buses, taxis, motorbikes, tractors, a mobile home, a bin lorry and even a police car – but this is our first ruminant.
Nigel recorded the footage while riding to collect his car from the garage after work this week.
Cycling incidents involving animals are not uncommon (we published a video of someone riding with emus as recently as yesterday). Most cyclists have at least one story.
When we reported on a squirrel collision in 2014, a quick straw poll of the road.cc team revealed near-misses or collisions with animals including deer, rabbits, pheasants, a water vole, a badger, a rat, a lizard (in France), a brown snake (in Australia), a peacock, an unidentified low-hovering bird of prey and a chicken at the bottom of a 50mph descent.
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 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 or send us a message via the road.cc Facebook page (link is external).
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.