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Near Miss of the Day 442: Close pass on blind corner

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

Today's offering in our Near Miss of the Day series is one of those in which you watch the clip for the first time and assume you've seen the piece of bad driving being highlighted, in this case a van driver overtaking the cyclist, then as you continue watching you realise there was worse to come.

This one happened in South Ockendon, Essex and was filmed by reader Tony, who told us: "I was cycling up Stifford Hill, a short climb with the road marked by double solid white lines.

"Towards the top there is a blind corner and the driver of this Ford C-Max decides this is a good place to overtake into oncoming traffic (apologies for the bad language), was really surprised at the poor judgement of the driver thinking this was a good place to overtake. 

"I've reported this to Essex Police, just waiting to see if they do anything," 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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