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Near Miss of the Day 29: "Sorry mate, I didn't see you ... "

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

The latest video in our Near Miss of the Day Series is a classic of the SMIDSY - "Sorry mate, I didn't see you" - genre, and it's one that left the cyclist concerned very shaken.

It happened last week to reader and YouTube user Westcliff GoPro, who told us that it happened on the A13 between Leigh on Sea and Hadleigh in Essex.

He said: "The driver was very apologetic, but it really left me shaken.

"If it wasn't for the disc brakes I believe it may have ended differently."

Several years ago the charity Cycling UK launched its Stop SMIDSY campaign to urge motorists to be vigilant for cyclists and for the legal system to take appropriate action against drivers who used it as an excuse in collisions in which a cyclist is killed or injured.

Nevertheless, official casualty statistics show that drivers failing to look out for cyclists remains a major contributory factor to road traffic collisions in which a bike rider is killed or injured.

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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