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Near Miss of the Day 747: Moped rider aims kick at cyclist (video contains swearing)

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

Today’s near miss is a bit of an unusual one, coming as it does courtesy of a reckless road user on two wheels rather than four.

Last Friday evening a reader was riding on the coast road towards Brighton when a passing moped rider – L plate prominently attached to the back of their bike – aimed a kick in their direction.

And that wasn’t even the extent of the rider’s bizarre and dangerous behaviour.

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“The driver was driving erratically and even drove onto the pavement at one point,” they told us.

“I sent the video to Sussex Police and all they did was send a letter to the registered owner. This guy is going to kill someone and Sussex Police do not care.”

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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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Ryan joined as a news writer in December 2021. He has written about cycling and some ball-centric sports for various websites, newspapers, magazines and radio. Before returning to writing about cycling full-time, he completed a PhD in History and published a book and numerous academic articles on religion and politics in Victorian Britain and Ireland (though he remained committed to boring his university colleagues and students with endless cycling trivia). He can be found riding his bike very slowly through the Dromara Hills of Co. Down.

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