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Near Miss of the Day 99: “You must have rode into me”

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

Today’s miss is so near that it should technically be ineligible for this feature. The driver passes the cyclist so closely that he actually clips him.  

The incident occurred on Brighton seafront last year.

“You must have rode into me,” says the motorist when Andy pulls alongside him a little further on.

He then questions Andy’s lack of rear view mirror, almost as if it’s a cyclist’s responsibility to evade large vehicles bearing down on them from behind.

“You people are so arrogant,” he adds. “You think the road is yours.”

Examples of psychological projection surely don’t come much clearer.

Andy said: “In the end I just cycled off – arguing with a driver in the road I doubt would've changed his mind.”

It’s nevertheless striking that after asking “how am I supposed to give you a metre and a half?” the driver almost immediately demonstrates that such a thing is entirely possible.

Andy added: “I sent [the video] to the police via Twitter but they never replied.”

Andy also provided us with Near Miss of the Day 43, in which a van driver almost hit him twice in the space of two minutes.

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.

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