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Near Miss of the Day 8: Speeding BMW driver nearly hits cyclist head-on after overtaking car

Thames Valley Police have issued a Notice of Intended Prosecution against registered keeper of vehicle

Most of the videos we've featured so far in our Near Miss of the Day series have involved motorists overtaking cyclists from behind and giving them far too little space - but in this one, it's a BMW driver overtaking another vehicle at speed on a country road that almost resulted in the rider being hit head-on.

Posting the video to YouTube yesterday, uphillfreewheeler said: "The speed limit is 60 mph which the driver was obviously exceeding.

"He could have aborted the manoeuvre but preferred to drive straight towards me at at least 70 mph."

The cyclist added that the incident had been reported to Thames Valley Police, who have issued a Notice of Intended Prosecution against the registered keeper of the vehicle.

If the YouTube user name sounds vaguely familiar, that's most likely because uphillfreewheeler was the person who filmed the video entitled A clown takes a pratfall, which swiftly went viral and has now been viewed nearly 6.5 million times.

> "Clown takes a pratfall" viral video cyclist talks to press

Over the years 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] or contact us via the Facebook page.


Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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