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Near Miss of the Day 250: Cyclist overtaking badly parked car gets very close pass from impatient driver

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

Today’s video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows the moment when a cyclist who is passing a car parked partly on the pavement and partly on the road is subjected to a very close pass by a motorist who cannot wait a couple of seconds until it would be safe to overtake.

It happened last Tuesday on Chorlton Road in Walton-le-Dale, Preston to reader Jon, who said: “They have a good view of the parked cars and oncoming traffic but just keep coming, passing very closely!

He said the motorist “just didn’t care and did a bad, unsafe SMMGIF [sorry mate must get in front].

“It looks like they didn’t alter their speed and were just going to squeeze past wherever it happened, oncoming traffic or not,” 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.

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.

> What to do if you capture a near miss or close pass (or worse) on camera while cycling

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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