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Near Miss of the Day 678: Amsterdam driver squeezes cyclist towards kerb

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

We’re going Dutch in our Near Miss of the Day series today with a video from the Netherlands which shows that however much ahead of the UK another country may be in terms of providing cycling infrastructure and getting people on bikes, people driving motor vehicles still put cyclists in danger.

The clip was sent in by reader Bernard, who found himself being squeezed towards the kerb as well as a parked car by a rider to his left.

“Cycling in the Netherlands is probably much better than in the UK,” said Bernard with unintentional understatement.

“Despite the fact that Amsterdam is in general a bike-friendly city, conditions are not always very good and also here, there are plenty of bad drivers.

“This might not be the nearest miss on but it’s much too close for comfort.

“This driver is obviously not aware that he or she is still next to me while closing me in on the kerb and a parked car.”

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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.

> 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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