Like this site? Help us to make it better.

Near Miss of the Day 184: Overtaking driver risks hitting cyclist head-on

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

Today's video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows, as ever, some very poor driving - although rather than a close pass from behind, it depicts a motorist overtaking another car, the manoeuvre bringing his vehicle perilously close to a cyclist riding in the opposite direction.

It was filmed in Rubery, Birmingham by reader Phil on his morning commute. He told us: "Car decided to overtake another car and was really close, probably the closest yet on my commute to work."

While there is no rear-facing footage, just how risky the overtake was can be gauged from the fact that there is a driver passing Phil from behind, and who as a result of the other motorist may not have been able to have given him as much space as might otherwise have been the case.

 > Near Miss of the Day turns 100 - Why do we do the feature and what have we learnt from it?

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.

> 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.

Latest Comments