Near-miss car ‘could have killed cyclist’

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Media caption Footage reveals the near-miss Emily Simcock saw on her method to work

A bicyclist stated she feared for her life when a vehicle surpassing her directly missed out on a truck in the approaching lane.

The chauffeur cut in front of veterinarian Emily Simcock, 42, as she cycled to deal with her very first day in a brand-new task, with the truck flashing its lights in caution.

“If the automobile had actually struck that truck I would be dead,” stated Ms Simcock, who captured the manoeuvre on video as she cycled.

The motorist’s carry on the B3344 in Devon put “Emily, themselves and other roadway users at threat”, Cycling UK stated.

Image copyright Emily Simcock
Image caption Emily Simcock stated she “can not envision a life without biking”

Ms Simcock was riding to her brand-new task in Kingsteignton on Friday when the cars and truck surpassed her.

“I might not see any space for them to pass, I understood there was absolutely nothing I might do,” she stated.

It was among 2 close-pass events on the exact same journey that left her “mad and shaken”.

“Sad to state bicyclists are close-passed on practically every journey, though not constantly as frightening as those ones,” Ms Simcock stated.

“We need to be motivating biking for the world and for our physical and psychological health.

“It would put me off, however I can not envision a life without biking.”

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Image caption Emily Simcock tape-recorded 2 close-pass events on the very same trip to work

Keir Gallagher, from Cycling UK, stated the video revealed “borderline and absolutely reckless unsafe driving”.

Devon and Cornwall Police has actually been motivating victims of harmful driving to submit videos to Operation Snap , which was introduced in July 2019.

In its very first 6 months one chauffeur was prosecuted and 4 cases were pending based upon video proof sent out to the website.

Another motorist deals with prosecution for cutting up a bicyclist in video from January.

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