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Near Miss of the Day 439: Overtaking driver bails out due to oncoming traffic

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

We often feature videos showing drivers making close passes on cyclists despite it being dangerous to overtake at that time due to traffic approaching from the opposite direction – but today’s offering has a bit of a twist, as the driver belatedly realises he’s not going to make it, forcing him to bin the manoeuvre though seconds later he overtook again then pulled onto the pavement.

The incident was filmed in Keyworth, Nottinghamshire, by road.cc reader Philip, who said: “Here's footage of me on my normal commute home from work. I'm used to close passes, but this one was so close I felt I had to share the footage.

“The fact the driver attempted a close pass, bailed due to oncoming traffic. He then repeated it and stopped in front of me so I had to pull on to the pavement.

“The footage shows the subsequent interaction between me and the driver and he seemed to think he gave me loads of room but it's clear he didn't. His nonchalant attitude to what he'd just done left me annoyed that he just didn't care.

“It's been reported to Nottinghamshire police through their dashcam footage uploader, but they don't provide any information as to whether they will follow up.

“I've been provided a crime number but otherwise it's been silent on their part. I'm not expecting to hear anything, so I thought I'd upload the footage," he added. “Maybe your readers can suggest how I follow this one up?”

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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.

> What to do if you capture a near miss or close pass (or worse) on camera while cycling

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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