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Near Miss of the Day 317: Cyclist asks, “is it silly season again?” after two close passes

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

A reader is wondering “is it silly season again” after experiencing two very close passes on his past two rides, shown in the latest videos in our Near Miss of the Day series.

Jon, who submitted the footage, said: “We seem to go there periods of time when I don't get may bad passes then a spell where I get quite a few like now.”

The first one, shown above, happened in Preston going south over the River Ribble.  “The van driver did a close pass then pulled across me even more,” Jon said. “The driver though he had done no wrong. I've not reported it, as it takes so long to do in Lancashire.”

“The second one was when I was with a group ride with Chorley CC and had a poor pass when the driver just pulled right in front of me coming to a tight right hand corner.  Luckily I had a shout from my fellow riders that a van was overtaking in a bad place.

“I’ve not reported this one either, but I think I will email the company. I have had a bad pass there before,” Jon added (see below).

> 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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