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 road.cc 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 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.