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Canberra cyclist uploads YouTube video of near miss with ACTION bus

An ACTION bus driver involved in a dramatic near miss with a cyclist last month will be counselled over the incident. 

A video of the incident, filmed on the cyclist's mounted video camera last month, shows a double-length ACTION bus dangerously overtake a cyclist on King Edward Terrace in Parkes, near the National Library of Australia and Questacon. 

A near miss between a cyclist and a bus in Canberra on February 18.
A near miss between a cyclist and a bus in Canberra on February 18. Photo: YouTube

The bus changes lane, closely passing the cyclist just before the intersection with Parkes Place. The cyclist remains upright before stopping at a traffic light and the bus continues.

"Double length bus overtook a little too close on my way home," YouTube user Ceebus wrote on March 7.

Video footage shot on the bus confirmed it passed closer than one metre of the cyclist.

Transport and Municipal Services Minister Meegan Fitzharris said on Friday ACTION officials had received a copy of the footage and were investigating the circumstances of the incident.


The near miss took place on February 18 but the government only received a copy of the video last week because the cyclist had problems uploading it.

Justice Minister Shane Rattenbury used social media to encourage the cyclist to report the incident to officials and to ACT Policing. 

Police have been contacted for comment.

A spokeswoman for Ms Fitzharris said separate footage from the bus confirmed it came within one metre of the cyclist. 

"The footage was sent to the driver's depot manager who has interviewed and spoken with the driver and reviewed CCTV footage from the bus. The investigation is now complete," the spokeswoman said.

"The driver will be counselled in relation to this and a note placed on his file. ACTION will send an apology to the cyclist."

"The ACT government takes safety of cyclists on our roads very seriously and ACTION conducts intensive training for new drivers and undertakes refresher training and assessments on existing drivers which includes components on safer driving.

"In general, the frequency of incidents or collisions with cyclists is low."

It comes after two cyclists last month lodged a formal complaint with ACTION buses after narrowly avoiding serious injury during a routine ride to work.

In December last year, a cyclist captured the heart-stopping moment he was almost sideswiped by a semi-trailer on Northbourne Avenue.

The capital's worst cycling routes were also revealed in December, with Barry Drive topping the list.

A heat map of Canberra's cyclist crashes from 2012-2015.


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