Today’s video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows what the cyclist at the receiving end of it described as “one of the closest ‘close passes’ I think I’ve ever experienced – and what’s more, one from a motorist driving a classic car.
It was filmed by road.cc reader Dave while he was on holiday in Cromer last August.
“I was out on a circular route taking in all the beautiful countryside in North Norfolk when I was passed by this classic 1964 Ford,” he told us.
“I reported it to the Norfolk Constabulary and this week received notification that the driver has been invited to attend a Safe and Considerate driving course at his own cost.
“This was one of the closest ‘close pass’ I think I've ever experienced, and quite worrying that the driver told the police he gave me plenty of room.
“Hopefully the course will educate him as to cyclists needs and the risks we face by inconsiderate driving.”
Over the years road.cc 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] road.cc or send us a message via the road.cc 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 road.cc 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.