Simon MacMichael October 26 2017
Our Near Miss of the Day series has highlighted plenty of examples of poor driving that put cyclists at risk of serious injury or death.
But equally, there are many drivers out there who do show ample consideration when driving near vulnerable road users, and here is a striking example filmed by road.cc reader Jonny Marrs.
He told us: “With your recent run of close pass videos I’d like to share a video I took back in June whilst out riding.
“I was so taken back by the amount of consideration by this driver I emailed the company.
“I just thought it would make a refreshing change to the almost being maimed or killed videos.”
What’s noticeable in the video is that the drivers of the three vehicles following the first – two more lorries, plus a car – all give the same amount of space, perhaps taking their lead from the original lorry with that driver’s manoeuvre perhaps alerting them to the cyclist’s presence.
In his email to the company, Collins Earthworks, Jonny said: “Whilst riding my bike along the A525 near Llandegla today (Friday 21sJune 12pm), I was overtaken by one of your vehicles registration number NK65 PRY.
“I’d just like to say I wish all drivers where as considerate on the road he really couldn’t give me any more room if he tried, as a vulnerable road user it really makes a refreshing change to be passed with such consideration.”
Sending them a link to the video on YouTube, he added: “Once again many thanks to your driver it might be a small thing to you but puts my faith in human nature.”
He received a repoy from the company’s commercial director, Jill Goodwin-Woodcock, who said: “I would like to say a very appreciated thank you for your email.
“Within this business and the amount of vehicles we own it is refreshing to have such a polite email.”
More of this sort of thing, please.