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 road.cc 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.
Over the years road.cc 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] road.cc or send us a message via the road.cc 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.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.