Today’s entry in our Near Miss of the Day series shows a very close pass on a road marked with double white lines – but the cyclist who recorded it has heard nothing back from the police since submitting the video to them.
It was filmed by road.cc reader Steve, who told us: “The incident occurred on 16 December 2018 and submitted to Surrey Police the next day via the reporting website. Haven't heard anything so have decided to escalate to media.
“In fact, I submitted it twice to Surrey Police. On their web portal there is a form to fill out with a tick box to indicate whether or not the incident involved contact between the vehicles. It was very close but there was no contact.
“I got a call the same day from Surrey to say that the video had been passed to them by the Met. I was told that this department only dealt with collisions so I should resubmit it.
“I did the same again being very careful to make sure I got everything correct. Same thing happened again and I got a call asking if there had been contact. I suggested that there may be a problem with the web page and asked the person to forward the video to the appropriate department. Since then I've had no further contact.”
He added: “The close pass is at about 35" into this copy of the video (There was a full 2 minutes either side on the version I sent to the police.)
“I was going up Newlands Corner A25 from the Shere direction. A silver Toyota, GU54VSV, passed very close at speed while there was oncoming traffic.
“Other vehicles had previously passed me safely. There was another cyclist ahead so the traffic was moving slowly and I caught up with the Toyota.”
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.