Cycling Weekly reader Andy Gramson sent in this video of his near miss with a London bus as the driver sped past him at a pinch point.

Buses regularly draw the ire of cyclists on London’s roads, but after seeing the video that Andy Gramson sent to CW you can see the danger some drivers can pose.

In the video above Mr Gramson can be seen cycling to work in the city in a designated cycle lane when a double-decker bus speeds past him at a pinch point by a pedestrian crossing.

According to Mr Gramson, the incident happened at around 08.30 on November 5 on the A206 Woolwich Road towards Greenwich.

“Your driver proceeded to pass me at a pinch point due to a pedestrian bollard crossing point,” he said in an email to TfL. “Traffic at this time of the morning is not progressing very fast and he had to stop within a matter of seconds, so no point in passing me – he could have waited.”

In response to Mr Gramson’s email, TfL said: “Poor driving or driving without due care is simply unacceptable. I’ve made London Central, the company that runs this route, aware of your concerns. The driver will be identified and appropriate action will be taken.”

  • Angus Fileman

    Does anyone want to see my 40 minute clip ‘Cyclist nearly gets wet when he forgets to put waterproof in pocket on training ride’ Its just as interesting.

  • Chris Birchall

    Why ride to the right hand side of the cycle lane knowing their is a crossing coming up? would of been avoided and their was no look over the shoulder to check if anything is coming before the road is tightening.

  • Simon Taylor

    Dont see anything wrong with the drivers action. I’ve been subjected to a lot worse.

  • paul tuohy

    You are doing a disservice to cyclists promoting this everyday occurrence. As CEO of the national cycling charity, CTC, working to encourage cycling this is not helping. Your letters pages don’t help either. They used to be about cycling.

  • jameslagden

    Drivers will always pose a danger to a cyclist, even if there is a cycle lane. Common sense would suggest you should cycle towards the middle of the lane.
    Story about nothing.

  • Joe SS

    i wish you wouldn’t post videos like this where the bus driver really hasn’t done anything wrong. The wheels of the bus are clearly out of the bus lane at all times. The rider needs to get used to cycling in an urban setting.

    I ride in central London every day and constantly see drivers of all kinds move into cycle lanes without looking, stop in ATS boxes, turn left without indicating etc etc which are far more dangerous than this. I could probably post three videos a day from my 40 minutes of commuting.

    Please just post videos of clearly dangerous driving, otherwise you just wind up bus and taxi drivers who already think cyclists have some sort of ‘smug zone’ around them that will protect them…

  • Hamish

    Hmmm… I saw a bus taking up the full width of his lane – as he is allowed to – and a cyclist at the far right of his lane, again, as he is allowed to. If I had been riding there and, knowing there was a ‘pinch point’ (though the bus lane hasn’t narrowed significantly), I would have done a right shoulder check in advance to look for traffic. Even if I hadn’t done that, buses sound different and distinct compared to other traffic so I would have heard it coming up behind me. Either way, I would have used a bit of common sense and moved across to the left of the cycle lane to avoid the bus passing too close. The upshot is that the rider should have been more aware of what was going on around him.

  • David Chadderton

    Surely, from that video view, the bus driver did nothing wrong and remained out of the bike lane at all times? The rider had the full bike lane width to use without restriction. Traffic will pass the rider closely on many occasions, that is the point about narrow roads. The rider may have been alarmed, but was not touched or pushed over by the draft.

    I have only one further comment. Leave the bike at home and get onto that London bus.