The cyclist on the receiving end of this close pass in the Surrey Hills last week described the driving of a van driver as “incredibly reckless and selfish” – and once you’ve viewed the footage, it’s impossible to disagree.
It was filmed by road.cc reader Jeremy on Sunday 24 October. He told us: “Staple Lane is a stunning climb from East Clandon across the A246 towards Shere and the Surrey Hills.
“The hedgerows are high and Staple Lane narrow and steep with a blind corner towards the bottom.
“You don’t expect to see a Black Peugeot van hurtling towards you and narrowly miss head-on at 0823am.
“It was incredibly reckless and selfish driving on such a narrow lane popular with cyclists,” he added.
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.
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.