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Near Miss of the Day 334: Tractor driver attempts to overtake cyclist through narrow roadworks

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

We've had a few videos in our Near Miss of the Day series featuring tractors, and they can be very intimidating vehicles for cyclists to share the road with, given their size - especially those wheels - and whether the driver has seen you in the first place.

Then, there's the fact that encounters with tractors often take place on narrow country lanes, meaning there's very little room for manoeuvre.

The road in today's video may be somewhat wider than many country lanes - but it is artificially narrowed due to roadworks.

That does not however prevent the driver of the tractor shown from trying to overtake the cyclist despite there being no room to do so - an attempted passing manoeuvre moreover which could have put the cyclist in serious danger with the tractor driver immediately turning left.

The video was shot in Bromeswell, near Woodbridge, Suffolk at the junction of the A1152 and B1084 by reader Pete, who described it as “Sort of a close pass, but a scary ride all the same.

“Approaching some road works, lane narrowed to one vehicle, no room to pass with 1.5 metres or even 0.5 metre clearance, yet still they try and pass, to want to turn left on me at the last minute.

“The scary bit was seeing the big front wheels by my ear.”

In the description to the video on YouTube, he added: “Unfortunately no front number plate on tractor to report them, I wasn't going slow either.”

> 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 joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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