When a cyclist who regularly rides in Surrey and Hampshire discovered our Near Miss of the Day feature recently, he put together a video showing some of the closest passes he has been subjected to.
The video was submitted by Richard, who told us that after watching some of the videos we had posted as part of the series, the motorists in them “are giving a lot more space than some of the nutcase drivers I have come across in the last few months on the roads around Surrey and Hampshire.”
Richard, who told us that he had muted the sound due to the fact there is a lot of swearing on his part – we don’t think anyone can blame him for that given the circumstances – includes three close passes in the video involving drivers from the local Stagecoach bus company.
“I contacted them on all occasions, they claim to have been unable to identify the driver so apparently no action taken,” he said.
As for the other drivers featured, Richard gave a quick summary of what had happened … in summary, not much, with the relevant police forces not taking any action in the ones he flagged to them.
“The grey van and the black BMW I didn’t bother to pursue as it wasn’t really so bad.
“The Seconique truck – I wrote to the company and got no response.
“The double close pass of the red Golf and the transit van I reported to the police (the Golf wasn’t even taxed) – and have heard nothing.
“The flat-bed truck forcing me off the road on a bend was reported to the police – I have heard nothing.
“The Fiat 500 on the bridge has been reported, as has the black Volvo at the roadworks – still waiting to hear from Surrey Police.”
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.
Simon joined road.cc 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.