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Near Miss of the Day 95: Driver almost takes out rider's rear wheel through roadworks

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

Today's video in our Near Miss of the Day series is one that didn't seem that bad to the cyclist involved at the time ... until he reviewed the footage from his rear-facing camera later and realised that the driver of a Mercedes had come within inches of taking out his rear wheel as they headed through a section of roadworks.

The cyclist involved was YouTube user - and reader - Westcliff GoPro, with the incident happening on the A13 London Road in Southend-on-Sea at around noon on Sunday 12 February.

He told us: "At the time I knew he was close as you see me about to take the lane and then swerving to my left.

"What I never realised is just how close he came to hitting my back wheel until I uploaded the video and looked at the rear camera.

"And of course this MGIF ['must get in front'] was so he could reach the red light queue 20 yards ahead.

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] (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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