Now, I'm a pretty experienced cyclist, I cycle in cities every day, I'm pretty fearless and I'll stand my ground against most things, I can't even remember the last time I was actually scared on a bike, not even when I was hit by a car recently, but this guy was so close at about 30-35mph that I flinched. It was really not on.
Down in the big smoke those metropolitan types have a scheme called Roadsafe which is used by some cyclists to highlight to the police instances of poor or dangerous driving. I know we don't have one on Merseyside, but I thought I would try reporting the incident anyway to see what happened.
I sent an email at about 0745, had a call from a constable at about 1030 and another about 1115. He regretted that a prosecution was unlikely as it would be my word against the driver's, this was my expectation, he also brought up headcams and that a couple of his colleagues use them (get in touch if you read this!) I have my own reservations about them though. I do 'enjoy' watching the videos that get posted on Youtube but I have two issues with buying one for myself
- I begrudge having to spend that sort of money to try and catch bad drivers myself.
- I believe, for me at least, it might present a type of moral hazard where there would be an element of looking for trouble to justify the purchase.