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Near miss of the day 35: Cyclist hugely grateful for physical protection provided by painted white line

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

Writing on Twitter, Bike-Riding Motorist said that this bus felt “uncomfortably close” when it passed him in Bolton.

He reported the incident to Greater Manchester Police but was told that they would not be taking any action, “based on the fact that you are in your cycle lane and the bus is not encroaching near to or into your cycle lane.”

Bike-Riding Motorist clearly disagrees, initially making his point via a screengrab with the white line removed.

He said he had measured the cycle lane and the centre of the white line is 1.1m from the kerb.

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) (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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