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Near Miss of the Day 170: An Uber close pass

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

Today’s near miss sees an Uber driver apparently attempting to turn left through a Birmingham cyclist.

The incident occurred on Pershore Road on Thursday July 12.

Despite wishing to continue straight on, Leigh, the cyclist, turned left as well – a wise course of action given the alternative.

He says he did consider submitting the video to police, “but I'd only just started commuting by bike again and since it was the first incidence of bad driving I'd experienced in ages I let it slide.”

Exactly a week later, Leigh was forced to take evasive action when a Land Rover driver saw fit to overtake even though this put Leigh on a collision course with a parked vehicle.

On that occasion he did report it.

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] (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

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