Near Miss of the Day 163: Traffic calming measures in Skipton lead to more close passes

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

The latest video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows how infrastructure aimed at making motorists cut their speed is presenting a hazard to cyclists since it increases the likelihood of a close pass.

It was submitted by reader Phill who told us: "Today I was riding from Skipton to Keighley on a stretch of road where the planers have introduced traffic calming chicanes to generally slow everyone down but unfortunately they have disregarded anyone on two wheels and created a potentially hazardous stretch of road.

"I have had many near misses on here and today's offering is typical of what we cyclists have to put up with.

"I have Garmin Radar and a mirror so am aware of what's behind me, and try to 'own the road' by moving out a bit to discourage a late overtake," he added.. "But they do it anyway."

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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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