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Near Miss of the Day 282: "This HGV driver is going to kill someone" says cyclist almost taken out by trailer

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

The latest video in our Near Miss of the Day series led the reader who experienced it to make the observation, "This HGV driver is going to kill someone."

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

> What to do next if you’ve been involved in a road traffic collision

It's perhaps one of the most frightening types of close pass a driver can make on a cyclist - when a long vehicle pulls in after overtaking but before the rear of the vehicle is clear, leaving the rider wondering whether they are going to be knocked off.

In fact, it's very reminiscent of an incident last year in which "Britain's most hated cyclist" - the helmetcam user Dave Sherry - was knocked off his bike. The driver subsequently fled the country rather than face justice. 

It was filmed in Bournemouth by reader Graha, who provides a detailed text analysis of the incident on his video - including why the driver was wrong in assuming there was an off-carriageway cycle path (there isn't, but a shared use path had terminated shortly before where the overtake was made).

Graham told us: "The comment he made about the little blue sign ... surely he should know what it ACTUALLY means? Bloody lunatic. Theres not even a shared path there!!! 

"I hate that shared path logo, it seems to encourages dumbasses to try and dictate what we do ... and as stated, yes i do drive large vehicles like that, as well as riding motorbikes and sometimes driving a car.

"Worrying times," he added.

> 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.

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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