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Near Miss of the Day 502: Reckless driving "bad enough for me to call 999," says cyclist (includes swearing)

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

"This near miss was bad enough for me to call 999," says reader Peter of this incident he caught on film near Chippenham, Wiltshire, and it really is a shocker.

It happened on a singletrack rural road, with the driver of the oncoming vehicle, a Jaguar F Pace 4x4, failing to slow down despite the presence of the cyclist, Peter having to serve to the left and come to a halt on the grass verge.

The motorist also moved to the left, churning up mud and stones from the opposite verge and missing Peter by inches - resulting in some colourful language from him, understandably so in the circumstances.

It happened on Tuesday morning, and updating us on Thursday, Peter said of his 999 call: "Unfortunately I was put in a queue.  Two days later Wiltshire Police has yet to even look at the video."

> 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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