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Near miss of the day 34: A non-vehicular near miss

Our regular feature highlighting close passes caught on camera from around the country – today it’s Reigate

An interesting twist for today’s near miss in that for once it doesn’t involve a car, van or truck.

Instead it features that other old staple which will be familiar to many cyclists – the pedestrian who steps out into the road without looking.

This particular incident took place in July 2012 on Gatton Park Road in Reigate.

The cyclist clutches at his brakes, but is forced to ride behind the walker to avoid a collision. For their part, the pedestrian seems largely oblivious to what happens.

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 (link is external).

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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