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Near Miss of the Day 566: Royal Mail van driver nearly hits pedestrian then cyclist

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

Today’s Near Miss of the Day features two vulnerable road users – a man on foot who is about to get into his 4x4, and a cyclist – being put in danger by the driver of a Royal Mail van who makes no effort to slow down on a residential street where the carriageway is very narrow due to vehicles being parked on both sides.

It was filmed in Kingston-Upon-Thames by reader Daniel, who said that the driver “accelerated towards me,” and that it was “a miracle he didn’t hit the pedestrian.

“No attempt to slow down, drives at me and then passes dangerously close to me,” he added.

Daniel said that he submitted the footage to the Metropolitan Police but no action was taken.

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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