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Near Miss of the Day 12: Audi driver cuts off corner, forcing cyclist to brake

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

Any close pass is an unsettling experience for the cyclist on the receiving end, but the latest entry in our regular Near Miss of the Day feature is a particularly shocking one as an Audi driver overtakes at on a blind corner, cutting off the road in front of the rider, who was forced to brake to avoid a crash.

The incident took place within a stone's throw of Windsor Castle - part of which is visible directly ahead as the driver overtakes the cyclist, reader Conrad Dalziel, at the junction of Sheet Street and the Berkshire town's High Street.

In the description of the video on YouTube, where it was uploaded in September last year, Conrad says: "Audi driver decides to overtake on a blind corner and then cuts across the corner, leaving me nowhere to go.

"If I'd been any further forward we would have come together but I managed to get to the brakes in time."

The incident took place in the Thames Valley Police area, which operates its roads policing unit in partnership with Hampshire Constabulary, with the forces confirming earlier this year that they would be targeting drivers who make close passes on cyclists.

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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