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Near Miss of the Day 104: Close-pass driver gives cyclist abuse

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

Today's entry in our Near Miss of the Day feature shows the moment a van driver in Essex made a close pass on a cyclist in Essex while leaning on the horn and giving the rider some verbal abuse as he passed him.

The rider, reader Ian, told us that it took place at Epping Upland, around two miles from Epping in Essex, just after a right-hand turn down a hill.

He said: "As you can see the car [preceding the van] gives me plenty of space and I am not that far out into the road so I have no idea why he decided to beep me.

"The window was down as he pulled alongside me and some of the shouting is me telling him I have just as much right to be on the road as him!

"After passing you can see there is a very close call with a car coming round the bend from the other direction as well," he added.

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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