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Near Miss of the Day 716: "Just couldn't wait!" Driver almost hits oncoming motorist rushing overtake

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

Today's Near Miss of the Day comes from the West Midlands where an impatient driver just could not wait to overtake reader Simon, almost colliding with an oncoming motorist in the process.

Simon was cycling along Stoney Lane, in Alvechurch last Thursday between 2pm and 3pm, he told us he was roughly 0.75m away from the verge when the driver tailgated a van driver overtaking, narrowly avoiding a head-on collision.

The road was dry and visibility was good and the Dynamic Rides CC member has reported the incident to the police, but is yet to receive acknowledgement or news of any action.

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We are going to take the opportunity to give Simon's charity rides for Acorns Children's Hospice a shout-out.

Despite turning 60 this year he completed a 12-hour marathon session on a spin bike at a Virgin Gym, hardly the most comfortable endurance challenge.

Simon described the ride as the "hardest thing I have ever done" and is aiming to raise £5,000 on his JustGiving page for the local children's charity.

Later in the year he is riding 300 miles from London to Paris, and is, at the time of writing, 69 per cent of the way to his fundraising target having already received £3,475 of donations.

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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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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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