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Near Miss of the Day 223: Six incidents filmed on one ride

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

Sometimes in our Near Miss of the Day series, we venture outside the UK – and today, it’s Auckland in New Zealand.

The video (which is a bit over-exposed, but you can still see what’s going on) was filmed earlier this month and submitted by reader Dave, who said he is a keen follower of the feature.

He told us: “The thing is I expect at least one incident like this on every ride I do ... In particular last Saturday's ride was a doozy.

"I have edited the highlights of a 2 hour ride into one video for easy viewing. The first incident was less than 5 minutes from home, some young guys turned left in front of me. They were on the wrong side of the side road for quite a while after turning at speed.

"The second incident was some young guys again trying to scare me. Note how close to the kerb they were after passing me.

"The third was a close pass while I was passing a parked car and another car was coming the other way.

"The fourth was another left turn incident.

"The fifth was when a Prius was nearly tee-boned at the bottom of a short hill. The young lady in the final car had to squeeze past to get in front even when there was no room.

"The sixth – and last – you can't really see. The white 4WD decided to pull into my lane at the lights as I was riding past.

You think you have bad drivers in the UK?” he added. “Try Auckland!”

> 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).

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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