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Near Miss of the Day 21: Overtaking bus driver causes cyclist to wobble

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

Perhaps the most unsettling thing for a cyclist when the driver of a large vehicle such as a lorry or bus leaves far too little room when overtaking is the turbulence caused by the vehicle.

The latest video in our Near Miss of the Day series, sent in by reader Mark Hayward, clearly shows how that can make a rider wobble - and if that happens at a point in the road where there is a pothole, say, or a drain cover, the potential consequences aren't hard to imagine.

The incident happened in Bolsover, Derbyshire as Mark was riding up a hill, and while he told us he had not contacted the police as yet, he did get in touch with the bus operator involved, Sheffield-based TM Travel.

They told him they had spoken to the driver involved, although they claim not to have received the actual footage he sent them.

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 send us a message via the Facebook page.

If the video is on YouTube, please send us a link, if not we can add any footage you supply to our YouTube channel as an unlisted video (so it won't show up on searches).

Please also let us know whether you contacted the police and if so what their reaction was, as well as the reaction of the vehicle operator if it was a bus, lorry or van with company markings etc.




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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