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

The latest video in our Near Miss of the Day series may only last a little more than 3 minutes - but thanks to the way it's edited it packs in three near misses suffered by the same cyclist in just 15 minutes.

It happened to on road.cc reader Stephen Cooper last Thursday on the A45 in Birmingham as he rode from Hay Mills to the city centre.

First, the driver of a highway maintenance lorry performs a close pass on him. Next, a motorist in a Mini speeds past as he undertakes another vehicle. In both cases, Stephen subsequently passes the vehicles as they get caught in traffic.

The final incident sees an impatient driver overtake him on a roundabout and than cut in front.

Stephen told us: "Just a normal day commuting in Brum! I normally get a few close passes a week, but not sure what happened yesterday."

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 send us a message via the road.cc 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.


Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.