Near Miss of the Day 230: Cyclist squeezed between parked vehicles and close-passing van (includes swearing)

Our regular feature showing close passes from around the country - today it's Hampshire...

Today's video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows something that will be familiar to any cyclist - a motorist overtaking a rider as they pass a line of parked vehicles, causing them to get squeezed between the two.

It's made worse in this case by the fact there is a vehicle coming in the other direction too - meaning the van driver gives even less space to the cyclist being overtaken.

It was filmed on Monday in North Parade, Portsmouth by reader Adam, who told us: "My language is a bit colourful as the van passes, but I composed myself and just looked at the driver at the traffic lights.

"I could not believe that he overtook me whilst I was passing parked vehicles and there was an oncoming vehicle on the other side of the road.

"He seemed to realise his poor spacial conduct, but then could have given more passing space after the lights to redeem himself.

"This is one of many closes passes that I have experienced on Northern Parade, and my lack of confrontation this time may mean that I am starting to become immune to it."

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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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