Our regular feature highlighting close passes caught on camera from around the country – today it’s Richmond Park

A close pass in Richmond Park in south west London is, sadly, not a rare event - there are a lot of motorists and cyclists looking to share the roadspace, after all. But here's one made by a police officer, driving a Metropolitan Police Service vehicle.

The cyclist on the receiving end was road.cc reader,  Cycling Embassy of Great Britain campaigner and Richmond Cycling Campaign member Tim Lennon.

He tweeted footage of the close pass to the Richmond Twitter account of the Met, and while it has acknowledged the post, it doesn't appear that any action has been taken yet.

The next step will be flagging the incident up on the force's RoadSafe website, he told us.

Whether that gets results is open to question - last year, he notified the Met of this close pass by the driver of a 4x4 on his eight-year-old daughter; no action was taken.

Over the years road.cc has reported on literally hundreds of close passes and near misses involving badly driven vehicles from every corner of the country – so many, in fact, that we’ve decided to turn the phenomenon into a regular feature on the site. One day hopefully we will run out of close passes and near misses to report on, but until that happy day arrives, Near Miss of the Day will keep rolling on.

If you’ve caught on camera a close encounter of the uncomfortable kind with another road user that you’d like to share with the wider cycling community please send it to us at info [at] road.cc or contact us via the road.cc Facebook page.


Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.