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Near Miss of the Day 101: Deliberate close pass at night

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

Our latest Near Miss of the Day submission comes from a reader who regularly rides to work in London at night, setting off at 2am.

The reader who posted the footage to YouTube, Paul, told us: "I am a night commuter.

"My journey usually starts at 2am and on my way I will usually encounter some bad drivers. I get harrased everyday. And some of them are really unnecessary.

"This one was a intentionally close pass."

It happened on the A3 as Paul headed towards Wandsworth.

He continued: "I don’t usually ride on the A3 at busy times but at night there is not much traffic and my ride on it last less than five minutes.  

"I tried to stay as close as possible to the line on my left and before I reached the Tibbets Corner Bridge this driver passed very close, beeping his horn."

Paul has reported the incident to the Metropolitan Police, who have asked him to submit the footage to them.

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 has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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