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Near Miss of the Day 120: Traffic island doesn’t deter driver from overtaking

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

Today’s near miss will feel familiar to many a cyclist. Looking to overtake, a motorist is not in the least bit deterred by a traffic island that effectively narrows the road and so just skims past the cyclist at speed instead.

The incident occurred on Shipton road in York yesterday.

Luke, who was sporting flashing daytime lights at the time, said the pass felt “very close” and he has reported it to police.

In a predictable denouement to the video, the motorist is later seen to be stuck at the exact same point in the exact same queue of traffic as if he’d waited a few seconds and instead passed safely.

We know this because Luke caught up with the vehicle and cycled past.

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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.

> What to do if you capture a near miss or close pass (or worse) on camera while cycling

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