Right Hooked – A Near Miss

A Ford Fiesta turns right oblivious of me being in a cycle lane along the right hand side of the road. This is known as a left-, or in this instance, right-hook. A near miss.

The road is Maple Street which, unusually, has a separated cycle lane along the right-hand side of the road rather than the left. I was well illuminated with two separate rear lights as well as a front light. The street was also well lit.

This was a pretty close call. As the driver went by I shouted in vain. He was wearing white iPhone-style headphones, and didn’t give me so much as a second glance. I don’t think he saw me at all.

Sadly, my cameras aren’t good enough to get a clear image of his licence plate, even putting some stills through Photoshop to improve them.


  1. Must be a thing that people called Paul do: identify cars by their number plates! I used “sell my car” on Autotrader to get these details of the VW Polo (not Fiesta):

    Volkswagen Polo 1.4 Twist 5dr (03 – 05)
    Registration number: EX04NFP
    Mileage: 10,000
    Fuel type: Petrol
    Engine size: 1390 cc
    Body type: Hatchback
    Colour: Silver
    Transmission: Automatic
    Date of first registration: March 2004

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