HORRIBLE video shows a cyclist’s miraculous near miss after a dangerous driver swerved onto the bike lane in front of him.
Gripping footage shows his lucky escape from a brutal collision after being filmed on his bodycam along Bristol Road, Birmingham’s A38 blue route, yesterday.
Incredibly, no one was hurt as the cautious cyclist, anticipating the driver’s actions, slowed his pace.
The video captures the risky moment when a gray car fails to stop at a give way marker on the road.
It continues along the bike path and doesn’t seem to see the cyclist pedaling on it.
The bike lane has cyclists heading north and south and splits the middle of a dual carriageway – meaning motorists are forced to cross the bike lane when turning right.
It’s unclear in the video if the driver was pointing correctly, but it appears the car barely slows to look for oncoming bikes.
The cyclist reported the reckless motorist for dangerous driving.
He said Birmingham Live : “This driver should have seen me, slowed down and just let me pass.
“Even if you think you’re cycling in a safe place, the riders will show you that you never are.
Most read in The Irish Sun
“You can see the driver approaching this intersection from behind.
“Given that they turn right at the intersection, chances are they’re local and should be aware of this bike path.”
He added: “I ride my bike quite a lot here. I can generally tell when a driver is yielding or not.
“But on this occasion I felt that this driver wasn’t. That’s why I stopped pedaling.
Dangerous drivers in the UK could face fines, driving bans and even a maximum sentence of two years in prison.
Even just mistakes that are considered negligent or reckless driving can earn you a fine and up to 9 points on your driver’s license.
The video sparked real concern from fellow cyclists on Twitter, as frequent users of the bike path expressed sympathy for the survivor.
One commented: “Pass through there regularly and often have the same problem; serious incidents avoided only by my anticipation.
“Unfortunately, every crossing needs light.”
Another added: “This happened to me last Friday on my way to work.”
Some blamed arrogant motorists and encouraged cyclists to expect the worst.
One said: “Cars assume they have the right of way.”
Another said: “Cyclists should have expected it. Always assume everyone is out to kill you. I learned that while riding a motorbike.”
And a third commented: “Everyday happenings, it’s a jungle out there.”
While some Twitter users criticized the routing of the A38.
One commented: “This is bad street design. The road should approach the bike lane at a 90 degree angle, with a sharp enough turn to force riders to slow down and look.”
Another added: “I like the fact that there is a ‘SLOW DOWN’ warning on the bike lane.
“Almost like they’re apologizing, we really messed up the design here. Would you help us out a bit by keeping an eye out for idiot drivers?”
And a third echoed her comments: “Odd that this isn’t a stop, it’s a giveway.”
https://www.thesun.ie/motors/8713240/terrifying-moment-driver-narrowly-misses-cyclist/ Terrible moment Driver narrowly misses cyclist after veering onto the road