Near Miss of the Day 209: Close pass followed by abuse

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

Today's video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows a motorist making a very close pass on a father and son cycling through a village in Somerset earlier this year - which he followed up (not shown in the clip) by stopping further down the road to give them verbal abuse.

It happened in February in Peasedown St John to reader Steve, who told us: 

“I was out with my 11 year old son (who's a member of local youth cycle club Sulis Scorpions) and this occurred not too far from home.

“I could hear the car coming up from behind us (my son was behind me) and it appeared to coming at some speed (it's a 20mph limit) and as this is slightly downhill we were already doing around 20mph.

“The car came past us right at the traffic island, brushing my son and not far off me either –  very scary for both of us. 

“The driver stopped just down the road and shouted at us for being ‘f**king annoying cyclists who think they own the road’.

“We moved on a little shaken and he followed us and confronted us two more times – again all on the extended video if you are interested.”

Steve added: “I lodged the incident with Avon & Somerset police and once they had the video they investigated and then prosecuted the driver for driving without due care and attention.”

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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.

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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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