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Near Miss of the Day 252: Another day, another white van driver in close pass

Our regular series featuring close passes from around the country - today it's the South West ...

For the second day running, our Near Miss of the Day features a white van driver (and if you have followed the series for a while, you'll know there are plenty more in the archives).

This one shows the motorist doing a close pass on a cyclist when there is a black car waiting to pull out to the left, and an oncoming red car - meaning that there simply wasn't space to overtake safely.

It happened to reader Mike who said: “You can see how little room there is for a bike and a car to pass between the red car waiting to turn and the black car waiting to emerge.

"Unfortunately there is a break in the bike lane here to allow for the turning lane (red car location).

“There is quite a long cycle lane and this is preceded by a downhill so I had not held up the van, so I don’t think they were impatient from that.

“Reviewing my ride after I can see I was travelling at 26mph on this stretch. I really thought they would hit me.

“I have posted on Twitter asking Devon and Cornwall police how I can submit this for review. I have also emailed these photos to the van company asking them to speak to the driver.

“I did catch up with the driver at the next set of lights. I calmly tapped on the passenger side window but he just ignored me and the lights changed and he drove off.

“I then caught up with them at the next lights. They really did not gain anything by overtaking me so dangerously.”

> Near Miss of the Day turns 100 - Why do we do the feature and what have we learnt from it?

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 joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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