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Near Miss of the Day 485: “You should know better” – 4x4 driver carrying road bikes makes close pass on cyclist

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

There's something particularly frustrating when you get a close pass by a vehicle that turns out to have a couple of bikes on the roof rack or on the back, telling you that the motorist who did it is a cyclist themself - and that's what we have in today's Near Miss of the Day video.

The footage here was shot in High Wycombe, Buckinghamshire by reader Alex who said it came from "someone who looks like they really should know better."

Alex continued: "I wasn't too bothered about the Proton - yes, much less than 1.5 metres but it didn't feel close.

"The Qashqai, on the other hand ... passed within inches of me and then I see two decent bikes on the back - obscuring the number plate and lights just for good measure.

"When I caught and passed him 30 seconds later at the inevitable traffic queue, he told me he thought he'd given me enough room!

"Reported to Thames Valley Police, but they seem to have stopped giving updates as a matter of course since June," he added.

> Near Miss of the Day turns 100 - Why do we do the feature and what have we learnt from it?

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.

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

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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