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Near Miss of the Day 598: Motorist overtakes on blind bend

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

We're over in Dorset today for our Near Miss of the Day series, with the moment a motorist decided to overtake a cyclist on a blind bend - in the process almost sending the rider into a hedgerow.

Robert, the reader on the receiving end, sets the scene: "On a wet, windy grey day in October 2020, my legs needed a stretch so I headed north out of Verwood, Dorset on Batterley Drove towards the nice quiet lanes of Cranbourne Chase.

"Unfortunately being lit up like an early Christmas tree and wearing dayglo wet weather gear didn’t help this driver with his vision issues.

"As you can see in the video, I am approaching a 90 degree left hand bend with a hedge along side the field, offering no view of what is around the corner," he continued.

"Most drivers here wait until after the bend on the short uphill straight, however, to my surprise, LS63 VJO made the decision to squeeze me to the left and perform an overtake through the bend.

"Usually when I get a close pass, I get a look at the driver, however in this case my focus was 100% on the few centimetres of distance remaining between my bike wheel and the car wheel!

"I used Dorset’s Operation Snap to submit this footage and received the usual automated response advising that the driver would be sent a NIP," Robert added.

"I followed up a few months later, but have never heard back with an outcome."

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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 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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