Near Miss of the Day 370: Driver almost takes out five cyclists (+ video)

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

There’s a shocking piece of driving on show in our Near Miss of the Day series today, filmed on Saturday morning in Cambridgeshire, as a motorist travelling at speed puts five cyclists in danger.

It happened on Toft Road between the villages of Bourn and Toft, a few miles west of Cambridge, just before the left turn for Main Street to Caldecote.

Mike, the road.cc reader who filmed it while out on a ride with two friends, told us it was “clearly a dangerous move on a road we often ride in the winter.

“We had seen the other two cyclists on the other side of the road, I heard a vehicle approach and called ‘car back’, lined out ... the other two guys on the opposite side of the road remained two abreast.”

The result, as can be seen in the video, is that not only did the motorist make a close pass on Mike and his two companions, but also came within inches of hitting the cyclists approaching form the opposite direction.

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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.

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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.

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