(Not so) Near Miss of the Day 265: Driver attempts overtake, clips cyclist

Our regular series highlighting close passes from around the country - today it's Bristol...

Today's video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows yet another example of a driver attempting to overtake a cyclist where there is simply not enough space to do so safely –and ended up clipping him, but still drove off.

Luckily in this case, the rider was aware of just how close the driver was and managed to swerve to the left to avoid a worse impact, and managed to stay upright.

It happened to a road.cc reader as he commuted to work in on Kellaway Avenue in Bristol.

He told us: “The car behind me started to overtake me, then had to cut back in to avoid hitting the car turning right and clipped me as they passed.

“It made a loud bang against the side of their car, so they definitely will have heard it and they accelerated away.

“I did catch them up shortly after, but decided not to confront them as it seemed pointless at this point.

“I luckily managed to keep upright, but was somewhat shook up,” he added.

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Over the years road.cc 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] road.cc or send us a message via the road.cc 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

Simon has been news editor at road.cc 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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