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Near Miss of the Day 226: "Maybe they just don't like people wearing squirrel suits?"

Our regular round-up of near misses from across the country - today it's Somerset...

Here’s a first. We haven’t had a submission to our Near Miss of the Day feature before that left the cyclist wondering whether the motorist concerned had an issue with the squirrel suit he was wearing.

“It happened to reader Peter last Thursday. He told us: “I had this strange driver try to drive at me the other day. I submitted a video to Avon & Somerset Constabulary via their upload facility (not via YouTube obviously):

“Here's a longer version that has 2 minutes before and 2 minutes after (as required by the police portal).​

“I've just got a response stating:

On viewing the footage I agree that the standard of driving falls below the required standard and I shall be sending an advisory letter to the registered keeper of the vehicle.

Peter continued: “This happened at Hutton Moor Roundabout in sunny Weston-super-Mare  as I was starting my commute home (unfortunately, I had the wrong time on my Cycliq, so it's an hour fast).

“I have no idea why the car suddenly turned towards/at me and I hadn't heard any shouting or beeping of horns etc.

“Maybe they just don't like people wearing squirrel suits?”

Sadly, we don’t have a picture of Peter in said attire, but we’ll take his word for it.

> 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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