Near Miss of the Day 233: A pass so close it broke the cyclist's handlebar mirror

Our regular feature on close passes around the country - today ir's Cambridge...

Cambridge may have by far the highest proportion of people cycling of any town or city in Britain, but as anyone who rides a bike there will tell you, that doesn't necessarily mean that motorists share the road safely - indeed, this video shows an overtake that was so close it ended up in the cyclist's handlebar mirror being broken. It happened on Coldhams Lane, and the beep of the horn that accompanies it shows it was a manoeuvre that was aimed at intimidating the rider.

It was filmed by reader Stephen on his commute during mid-November. He told us that on Saturday he heard from the Bedfordshire Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Roads Policing Unit, who said they would not be pursuing it.

Stephen noted that this was despite the forces "recently running a close pass campaign," and that "interestingly they renamed the close pass exercise 'Safe pass'."

He continued: "The driver concerned clipped the handlebar mirror, which projects approx 1 inch from the bar end. The impact can be heard during the pass.

"I am wondering how close a pass should be to get any interest from this combined force. The preceding horn warning would indicate either bullying, or intent but that's just a personal point.

"Impact was sufficient to breaks the mirror, and put the wind up. But such is the life in a safe cycling city, where the police actively discourage such behaviour," he added.

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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.

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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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