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Near Miss of the Day 68: Beeping motorist close passes on the inside

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

Today’s near miss brings a new dimension to close passes. A motorist clips a cyclist’s elbow with the car’s wing mirror while passing him on the inside.

The incident occurred last year on the A1206 heading towards Westferry Circus. Mark said the driver behind beeped and then passed him so closely on his left that it actually made contact.

The road ahead splits, which is presumably why the driver felt they would pass in this manner, but as can be seen in the footage, the manoeuvre briefly leaves Mark riding in a narrowing gap between cars. This is despite there being a whole lane clear to the motorist's left.

Mark also points out that the car is speeding in a 20mph zone.

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.

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