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Near Miss of the Day 637: Cyclist receives a very fast and close pass

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

The rear-facing footage in the video featuring in our Near Miss of the Day series today shows just how close a fast-moving driver came to hitting a cyclist from behind on a fairly wide country road, the B311 near Lightwater in the Surrey Heath area.

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It was sent in by road.cc reader Keith, who said: "I reported this one to Surrey Police but we're past the 6 week window now and, yet again, I've heard nothing so assume they are taking no action. 

"The still photo shows just how close the car got, it's not clear if they did this deliberately or were just didn't see me (with 2 rear lights on a bright sunny day)."

The full front and rear facing videos each clock in at 5 minutes and show plenty of other motorists giving Keith ample room.

It's also worth noting that after the motorist who makes the close pass is beyond the cyclist, they have now moved way over towards the centre of the road, and stay there as they head off into the distance..

A case, then, of a distracted driver who only noticed the cyclist at the very last moment then pulled out towards the middle of the road then remained there once they went back to whatever had been occupying them beforehand?

It's impossible to know, but it's one potential explanation.

It's worth noting too that Surrey Police's road policing unit is among the most proactive on Twitter when it comes to flagging up examples of poor driving, as well as dispelling myths held by some motorists about the Highway Code, including how it applies to cyclists and how they should drive when sharing the road with them.

If indeed no action is being taken against the driver in this case, given the speed and closeness of the overtake, that does make us wonder if the unit was made aware of this incident, or whether the decision was taken elsewhere within the force without referring it to them.

> Near Miss of the Day turns 100 - Why do we do the feature and what have we learnt from it?

Over the years road.cc 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] road.cc or send us a message via the road.cc 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 road.cc 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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