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Near Miss of the Day 57: Driver almost left-hooks cyclist on roundabout

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

We've hit entry number 57 in our Near Miss of the Day feature, but if you've been following it you'll know that they don't come in 57 varieties, with a lot of issues coming up again and again.

One of those is motorists who refuse to give cyclists space on roundabouts, whether that be by putting their foot down to accelerate onto the junction as a rider is approaching on it or - as in this case - overtaking on the roundabout then cutting up the cyclist to take an exit.

The video was taken by reader Daniel, who told us: "I contacted the police and they said they wouldn't do anything because no incident had occurred (because nobody got hurt) and that they'd only do anything if I had proof that the driver did it twice or more, or if I had suffered an injury.

"Apparently dangerous driving only counts if you do it twice," 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 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 joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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