Home
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 road.cc 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 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.

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

Simon has been news editor at road.cc 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.