Near Miss of the Day 263: Driver veers in on one club run, plus not so close pass shows that things can still go wrong on another

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

Our Near Miss of the Day feature today has two videos from recent club runs in different parts of the country – one from Kent, the other from Dorset.

The one above shows members of Canterbury Bicycle Club out on Saturday. The first driver overtaking gives plenty of room.

But the second – whom it is noticeable unlike the other motorists in the clip is not using headlights, despite the poor light conditions – realises belatedly as they overtake the riders that there is a traffic island ahead and veers in dangerously towards them.

The footage was shot by reader Barry, who said: “We have not contact Kent Police regarding this – I have looked on their website and most of their cycling related FAQs are aimed towards people complaining against cyclists rather than the other way round – anyhow not a great piece of driving at all.”

The second clip, below, was filmed the previous Saturday by Mike from Gillingham Wheelers Cycling Club – that’s the Gillingham in Dorset, rather than the one in Kent and demonstrates that even when the pass isn't that close things can still go wrong.

He told us: “Not quite a close pass, but as a result of a car overtaking our Saturday morning ride last week the riders slowed a little and caused two to go down as this video shows.”

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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.

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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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