Edinburgh cyclist involved in dangerous near miss with driver at roundabout
An Edinburgh cyclist was involved in a near miss with a motorist as they careered through a roundabout without giving way.
The video has been muted as it contains some vulgar threatening language but the footage nonetheless shows the cyclist getting themselves into a precarious position.
The footage was shared by a TikTok user, who appears to be a HGV driver that captures safe driving and not so safe driving through the streets of Edinburgh as they go about their business delivering goods.
Controversial changes to the highway code were brought in earlier this year to try to better protect cyclists on the roads.
The alterations meant that cyclists will have priority over cars when turning, pedestrians will have priority over cars at junctions and changes to cyclist positioning to ensure better visibility.
Cyclists have also been given the freedom to position themselves in the centre of the road to ensure visibility in certain situations.
Rules H1, H2 and H3 have all been added that document these changes.
H1 states that drivers of large goods and passenger vehicles bear the greatest responsibility to take care on the road, followed by vans/minibuses, cars/taxis and motorcycles. Cyclists, horse riders and horse drawn vehicles also have a responsibility to reduce danger to pedestrians.
H2 requires drivers to now give way to pedestrians who are crossing the road a junctions, as well as zebra-crossings and light-controlled crossings.
H3 includes the changes to the way drivers approach cyclists, with priority to be given when they are turning in or out of a junction, as well as changing lanes.
It states: "You should not cut across cyclists, horse riders or horse drawn vehicles going ahead when you are turning into or out of a junction or changing direction or lane.
"You shouldn’t turn at a junction if doing so would cause a cyclist or horse rider to stop or swerve. Instead, you’re advised to wait for a safe gap before turning in."
Cyclists are also now also being advised to ride in the centre of their lane to make themselves more visible on quiet roads and in slow moving traffic, as well as the approach to junctions, when over-taking would be deemed too dangerous.