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Near Miss of the Day 665: "Probably the closest I've come to being wiped out for a while”

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

“It’s probably the closest I've come to being wiped out for a while,” says the cyclist who filmed this incident of a driver overtaking him at a pinch point then immediately turning left across the path.  

Kieron, the reader who filmed this one, said: “I was commuting to work on a fairly quiet road near my house, in Leicestershire, when I became aware of a car overtaking me on the right, as I approached a pinch point and a mini roundabout.

Blue Citeron.avi from Kieron Barrs on Vimeo.

“I prepared myself to let the car in before the pinch, but what I hadn't prepared for was the immediate left turn.

“It’s probably the closest I've come to being wiped out for a while.”  

He added: “Sadly, I didn't get a registration plate.”

Kieron also made a good point, and an important one at this time of year when the daylight hours are decreasing.

He said: “It also made my aware that my camera isn't the best in low light – happy for recommendations!”

Well, we have our regularly updated Buyers Guide here, and earlier this year we also looked at the pros and cons of budget devices here – if any readers have their own views, feel free to let us know in the comments below.

> 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

Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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