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Near Miss of the Day 715: Driver clips cyclist's handlebars overtaking on tight bend

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

Does it still count as a near miss if the driver clips your handlebars as they pass? 

This example of how not to overtake comes from a reader in Congleton, Cheshire, who was cycling along Market Street in the centre of town when an impatient driver decided to overtake on a blind corner.

"The road goes 90-degrees round a bend. This clown thought that would be the perfect place to overtake me," the rider explained.

"In doing so he collided with my handlebars while I was thumping his passenger window and shouting 'get out of the bloody way'.

"I have a longer version but it identifies the vehicle and I have already submitted this to the police for investigation."

It was quite the weekend for Near Miss of the Day. On Saturday, we had Near Miss of the Day 713, involving a driver being asked not to close pass...only to do it again seconds later.

> Near Miss of the Day 713: Driver asked not to close pass... then does it again

Then, yesterday's Near Miss of the Day 714 started a debate about road positioning after the police sided with a driver over this roundabout incident and questioned the cyclist's positioning.

> 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

Dan joined in 2020, and spent most of his first year (hopefully) keeping you entertained on the live blog. At the start of 2022 he took on the role of news editor. Before joining, Dan wrote about various sports, including football and boxing for the Daily Express, and covered the weird and wonderful world of non-league football for The Non-League Paper. Part of the generation inspired by the 2012 Olympics, Dan has been 'enjoying' life on two wheels ever since and spends his weekends making bonk-induced trips to the petrol stations of the south of England.

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