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Near Miss of the Day 16: Police show how to overtake cyclists safely

Dorset Police launched their close pass operation this week and are getting the message across on social media

As we reported yesterday, Dorset Police, along with their colleagues in Devon & Cornwall, launched their Operation Close Pass this week.

The forces are the latest to adopt the close pass initiative rolled out last year to widespread acclaim by West Midlands Police.

> Close pass operations launched in Cornwall, Devon and Dorset

Plain clothes police officers take to the road on bikes, and radio ahead to uniformed colleagues when a driver gives insufficient space.

Footage is captured on bike-mounted video cameras supplied by Cycle Engage UK, and motorists caught in the operation are shown the safe distance to give riders with the help of close pass mats supplied by Cycling UK.

Today, Dorset Police have tweeted a video showing one motorist caught on camera giving too little room to the cyclist being overtaken, as well as another driver who overtakes safely, and the difference is clear to see.

The first incident, involving a yellow car, has a datestamp of October 2015, so wasn't filmed as part of the current operation, but it's encouraging that the force is using social media to get the point across to motorists.

And here's an informative video from Surrey Police advising motorists how to overtake someone on a bike.

Over in London, the Metropolitan Police in Winchmore Hill have also been educating motorists via Twitter about how to drive safely when sharing the road with cyclists, tweeting this graphic.

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.

 

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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