Near Miss of the Day 304: A London commuter's compilation

Our regular series featuring Near Misses from around the country - today it's an Epsom to Blackfriars commute...

The latest video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows the close passes and suchlike that your average cycle commuter will experience regularly on his or her journey to or from work.

It was compiled over this summer by reader Adrian, who told us: "Here’s a selection from a daily commute into London – either 13 or 20 miles each way, depending upon whether or not I cheat and use the car to opt out of the hill on the way home.

"It’s all between Epsom and Blackfriars. It’s not all of them by any means, what with the shiny bike not having a camera and cameras sulking, batteries going flat and what have you.

"I reported the Mini to the police, and I should have several of the others too I suppose.

"The final clip is a nice contrast to West Mids Police’s video on filtering – what happens in practice.

"I also rather like the big hoarding after the blue VW," 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.

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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