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Near Miss of the Day 712: Driver overtakes cyclist at entrance to narrow bridge ... and saves two seconds

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

A dangerous overtake at the entrance to a narrow bridge features in our latest Near Miss of the Day video, with the driver immediately turning left afterwards meaning that they risked hitting the cyclist all for the sake of saving a couple of seconds.

It took place in Gunnislake, Cornwall, with the reader who submitted the footage, and who asked to remain anonymous, telling us: “As you can see from the footage I was mildly inconveniencing a BMW driver, who managed to save two seconds by performing a dangerous overtake before being held up by the LGV ahead.

“Over the parapet of the bridge is a large drop into the river Tamar below. Devon & Cornwall Police took unspecified action against the driver who co-operated with them after the registered keeper identified him,” added the cyclist, who passed on his thanks to the force’s Operation Snap team.

The footage is accompanied by the opening of Mozart’s Eine kleine Nachtmusik, which we are told helps cover up some perfectly understandable industrial-level swearing.

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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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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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