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Near Miss of the Day 739: “If I hadn’t stopped almost to a standstill, it was a collision”

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

The reader who filmed today’s Near Miss of the Day video says that if he hadn’t braked almost to a standstill when he spotted a van driver overtaking a cyclist who was pedalling uphill, he was certain that there would have been a crash.

The incident was filmed last Tuesday on the B9140 in Clackmannanshire, Scotland, with Kevin, who took the video on the dashcam of the vehicle he was driving, telling us: “It’s one of the scenarios I hate the most, climbing as best you can with a van desperate to get by.

“Quite why he thought a blind uphill whilst towing a trailer was the optimum time to overtake this cyclist we will never know, thankfully I’d given myself plenty time and space to virtually stop and let him complete his idiotic manoeuvre

“From my perspective, I knew there was a blind turn just as I would be heading down to meet Devon Road, therefore an uphill blind turn for anyone coming up the way.

“I braked as soon as I saw the roof of the van as I could see he was on the wrong side of the road and immediately saw he was overtaking a cyclist.

“If I hadn’t stopped almost to a standstill, it was a collision” because he didn’t appear to slow and didn’t react to me at all,” Kevin added.

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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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