Near Miss of the Day 146: The 'Normal for London' edition

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

On a day when London cycling and walking commissioner Will Norman vowed to get more women and people from ethnic minorities cycling, the latest video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows just how intimidating some of the capital's streets can be for cyclists.

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That's a huge barrier to many people who might otherwise be tempted to take to riding bikes in London and the footage, shot be reader Ant on the busy Marylebone Road just be Baker Street Underground station amply illustrates just how hostile the environment can be.

Besides pedestrians stepping out and having to squeeze past vehicles as he makes his way to the traffic lights, where the box junction is blocked - all of which, as Ant has captioned on the video, being 'Normal For London' - he then undergoes two close overtakes from motorcyclists.

Ant said: "Two motorbikes giving no care for other road users, either in a race of hurry. 

"Plenty of traffic, road works, pedestrians, but the only dangerous part is the bikers - apologies for the swearing, was a bit caught out by the second 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’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.

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Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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