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Near Miss of the Day 542: Shockingly close overtake (video includes swearing)

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

The rider on the receiving end of this very close pass into oncoming traffic in Leicestershire says he was forced to steer towards the gutter to avoid being knocked off his bike.

Chris, the reader who sent the clip in, told us: “This occurred on 17 September 2020 whilst I was commuting home from work.

“As per the video description, the pass was far too close into oncoming traffic. It was pointless, I could still see the car over a mile later (although it is probably a good thing I didn’t catch up with him). Apologies for the swearing as he passed me.

“I reported this one to the police, it's not often I do this but if this driver continues like this then a vulnerable road user could come off badly.

“The driver has been offered a re-training course at his own expense, which if he doesn’t accept he will likely be fined and receive points. I consider this a reasonable outcome, and hope he learns from it.

“I had to steer towards the gutter to avoid a potential collision with the rear of the car as he moved left and the road was narrowing,” Chris added. “I was moving around 17-18mph at the time.”

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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.

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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 joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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