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Near Miss of the Day 137: Needless - and dangerous - overtake at pinch point

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

The latest video in our Near Miss of the Day Series shows a situation that we imagine all our readers will be familiar with.

You're approaching a pinch point and hear a motor vehicle behind you, and you think to yourself, "Surely they're not going to try and overtake here and try and save a couple of seconds?"

And then they do.

This one happened in Surrey at 5.20pm on the afternoon of 24 April top reader Marc.

He told us:  "It was on the A24 heading south just to the north of Ashstead

"I had a bright rear light on so there was no possibility of the driver not seeing me.

"This happened on a stretch of road the council has narrowed by hatching the middle of the road and introduced intermittent traffic islands to lower speeds.

"This design though creates pinch points like this one."

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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] 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

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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