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Near Miss of the Day 56: Three close calls in 15 minutes

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

The latest video in our Near Miss of the Day series may only last a little more than 3 minutes - but thanks to the way it's edited it packs in three near misses suffered by the same cyclist in just 15 minutes.

It happened to on reader Stephen Cooper last Thursday on the A45 in Birmingham as he rode from Hay Mills to the city centre.

First, the driver of a highway maintenance lorry performs a close pass on him. Next, a motorist in a Mini speeds past as he undertakes another vehicle. In both cases, Stephen subsequently passes the vehicles as they get caught in traffic.

The final incident sees an impatient driver overtake him on a roundabout and than cut in front.

Stephen told us: "Just a normal day commuting in Brum! I normally get a few close passes a week, but not sure what happened yesterday."

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.


Simon has been news editor at since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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