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Near Miss of the Day 135: Cyclist's new action camera gets its first close pass

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

As our Near Miss of the Day series and many other stories here on demonstrate, more and more cyclists who regularly ride on the road are buying action cameras pure;y and simply so they have evidence of poor driving, rather than it being their word against that of the motorist.

One recent purchaser is reader Matt, who just a week after buying his Fly6  camera filmed a very close pass  from the driver of a Honda as he commuted home on 1 May in Stoke-on-Trent.

Matt said: " This is just before a pinch point as the road goes under a bridge and becomes very tight so i was looking behind starting to pull out into a primary position but this didn't stop the driver trying to squeeze past me on this road between Hanley and Milton in Stoke-on-Trent,nearly touching my handlebars. Luckily I was able to move over slightly to avoid contact.

"I have only had the Fly6 over a week, it was brought as this kind of thing happens on a regular basis. This is maybe the worst pass you may have seen but it's the firstthat I have been able to show how close drivers do get."

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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 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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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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