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Near Miss of the Day 66: Close pass "still makes me flinch when I watch it," says cyclist

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

Today's submission in our Near Miss of the Day feature shows a close pass in London on a cyclist who, even more than 12 months later, says it "still makes me flinch when I watch it."

It was sent in by reader Tony, who told us: "This happened just over a year ago, I  pulled up to some lights making my way between two stationary cars and waited at the red light.

"The lights changed, and sure enough the car that was to my right caught up and passed so close I might as well have been sat in their passenger seat.

"I passed the details and link to the video to the Roadsafe team at Met Police who judged it to be sufficiently careless that the driver was ordered to attend a driver awareness course. The Met Police kept me informed including notifying me when the driver had completed the course."

He added; "It's still one of the worst overtakes I've ever experienced."

We have to agree with him on that - and it's not helped by the fact it happened so close to that bus stop on the left, which could have made a bad situation even worse.,

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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