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Near Miss of the Day 20: "Close encounter of the bum nipping kind"

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

We've probably all experienced that moment when a motorist overtakes just ahead of a left-hand turn, then immediately turns off into it, forcing a swift application of the brakes to avoid getting left-hooked.

That's what happened to reader Andy Muza  on Marton Road in Middlesbrough last Tuesday as he returned home from a ride when the driver of a Fiat Punto cut across him. He sent us a link to the video on YouTube in an email headed, "Close encounter of the bum nipping kind."

In the description of the video, he said: "I was partially overtaken by a female driver who then turned left across my path onto Broughton Avenue.

"Thankfully when riding through towns and cities I am always ready on the brakes. I managed to slow down enough to prevent a collision.

"I dread to think what may have happened if I had collided with her due to the barriers on the left, I may have been crushed."

Andy continued:  "What was she thinking? She had obviously seen me otherwise she wouldn't have overtaken me in the outer lane. 

"This is the first time I have posted a bad driver video while cycling. It is something I said I wouldn't do as this sort of thing happens all the time but, this was seriously close.

"I know you car drivers hate us cyclists because we make your journey a few seconds longer but us cyclists put up with drivers and moments like this every couple of miles in towns and cities.

"This driver could have made my 2 kids fatherless just to save a couple of seconds," he added.

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 has been news editor at 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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