Near Miss of the Day 415: Cheshire Police issue close pass compilation

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

When we launched our Near Miss of the Day feature back in June 2017 to highlight the dangers UK cyclists face each day, the issue of close passes and other dangerous incidents was already receiving national attention, with West Midlands Police having launched its award-winning initiative targeting drivers who put cyclists at risk the previous September.

That campaign was subsequently adopted by police forces across the country – and now, Cheshire Police have published a compilation video on Facebook that shows a number of examples submitted to them of poor driving around cyclists to emphasise to motorists just how vulnerable people on bikes are.

As well as a number of close passes, the video also shows one particularly frightening incident in which a tractor heads straight towards a cyclist on a country lane, forcing the rider to take refuge on the grass verge to avoid being run over.

A spokesman for Cheshire Police said: “The safety of these cyclists is put at risk by other road users.

“Being overtaken by a car can be stressful – only overtake if it will not compromise the safety of the cyclist or other road users.

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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.

“Careless driving kills.”

While feedback from readers indicates that there is something of a postcode lottery at play in determining how seriously footage of close passes and the like will be treated, it’s good to see examples of police forces that continue to highlight the dangers to hopefully make the roads safer for all.

 

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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