Near Miss of the Day 358: Close pass while cycling with kids

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

Experiencing a close pass when you’re out riding on your own is bad enough – but imagine how it feels as a parent when you have your kids cycling with you?

That’s what happened to reader Robert in the latest submission to our Near Miss of the Day series – and he says they “constantly” encounter similar incidents.

It was filmed in Colerne, Wiltshire as Robert returned home with his two sons, aged eight and 10, behind him on their own bikes.

He said they were “very visible in reflective and dayglo clothing and with lights all over.

“We ride this every day twice. This happens constantly hence I’ve started with the GoPro.

“They are always with either my wife or myself, we ride close because some of the cars will attempt overtake and then cut In between us,” 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.

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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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