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Near Miss of the Day 129: Motorist roars past club run at pinch point

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

Today’s near miss features a harrowing combination of factors for a cyclist. You’re approaching a traffic island, the road is about to narrow and you hear the sound of a fast-moving car behind you…

The incident took place on January 6 at the junction of Renfree Way and Chertsey Road in Surrey during a local club run.

While we can only see one cyclist in front, MCR Cyclist (who also provided Wednesday’s near miss) said there were also several behind, riding in single file. He said the driver would have been able to see them for a good 30 seconds before passing.

MCR Cyclist said he had intentionally waited to post the video until he’d heard the outcome from Surrey Police.

“They have offered the driver a Drive Improvement Course. If he fails to accept it, he will be prosecuted. I can only praise Surrey Police for their quick action and understand that they are limited on what action they can take due to current guidelines.”

> Near Miss of the Day turns 100 - Why do we do the feature and what have we learnt from it?

Over the years road.cc 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] road.cc or send us a message via the road.cc 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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