Near Miss of the Day 360: White van driver at pinch point

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

Most of us will have experienced a motorist attempting to overtake ahead of a pinch-point caused by a traffic island on the road at some point – and as the reader on the receiving end of this one from a white van driver observes, sometimes it’s the road furniture itself that seems to invite motorists to put cyclists in danger.

George, who shot the footage, told us: “One such crossing island on Ember Lane between Esher and East Molesey seems to draw them like magnets – this one in particular, out of around four or five along this stretch, seem more than any of the others, to tempt drivers into risking a pass and going into the slight bend, it exaggerates the consequences of their efforts.

“So, not so much a near miss for me, but i reckon the street cleaner ahead might have dropped a little of his load as that van passed!

“Bear in mind this stretch is a 30mph and I was at around 28mph when he passed me. I think it’s fair to say he was pushing it – not only his speed, but his luck.”

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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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