Hailsham cyclist captures near-miss incidents on camera

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A Hailsham cyclist who was nearly knocked down by drivers on local roads last week has captured his experiences on camera.

Jason Wiegand, 47, captured the footage of two close calls in Eastbourne on his bike-mounted cameras.

Mr Wiegand said the incidents on December 27 and December 31 show some of the dangers cyclists face on the town’s roads.

He said: “I just want to stress that 99.9 per cent of drivers are fine and give cyclists enough space. There is just that 0.1 per cent who ruin it.

“But it is almost guaranteed something like this will happen when I’m out on the bike. It’s almost enough to spoil the whole ride.”

The video, which shows drivers overtaking Mr Wiegand while passing very close, has been posted alongside other videos on Mr Wiegand’s YouTube channel.

He continued: “With the green car there was a strong crosswind and I was less than six inches away from the car.

“The other driver was very close as well. What really annoys me is that there was plenty of space to pass just behind the parked car if the driver had just waited a few seconds longer.

“This happened less than 24 hours after a cyclist was killed on the road. I’m in no doubt that these incidents could have easily led to an accident.

“I do think about it, but at the same time I’m always thinking about it. But I like to think that I’ve got a good road sense and would be able to avoid anything serious.”

Mr Wiegand said the videos he makes can help to build a record of dangerous or anti-social driving should the worse happen.

“I primarily got the cameras to protect myself, so that if I got into an accident or got knocked down it wouldn’t be my word against theirs. I could show I was in the right position and going in a straight line.

“I usually pass the driver’s details on to the police through the Operation Crackdown and it often results in a advisory letter being sent to the registered keeper.

“At the end of the day these type of drivers should ask themselves if it was a member of their family on the bike instead of me would they drive like that?

“If the answer is no then why drive like that around a total stranger?”

Mr Wiegand’s videos can be viewed on his YouTube channel.

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