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Near Miss of the Day 336: Driver overtakes as another reverses into cycle lane

Our regular feature showing close passes from around the country

Today’s near miss is a fine example of an incident that will be familiar to many a cyclist. You see a driver reversing out of a driveway up ahead and you’re looking to give them a wide berth, but the person behind chooses this moment to overtake.

On this occasion the reversing motorist encroached into the cycle lane and George was left with a decidedly narrow gap to get through.

The incident occurred on the A307 Richmond Road from Kingston Upon Thames to Ham, back in October. George reckons it’s some of the worst cycle lane in Surrey.

“It was purely innocent, I'm sure,” he reflected. “The driver adjacent in the blue Volvo was completely oblivious to the impending pinch point, despite their open window and my polite requests for a little extra room.

“It's amazing how suck-it-in slim you can become when required.”

> Near Miss of the Day turns 100 - Why do we do the feature and what have we learnt from it?

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.

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