Near Miss of the Day 392: The (lack of) social distancing edition

Our regular series featuring close passes from around the country - today it's South Yorkshire...

With social distancing in the headlines due to the coronavirus pandemic and the government advising us to keep at least 2 metres* away from non-household members, you'd think people would be getting used to visualising how far that is. However, there's a precedent in just how difficult it can be to get many members of the public to get their heads round such measurements, and it's regularly found in our Near Miss of the Day series.

Since West Midlands Police launched its Operation Close Pass three and a half years ago, forces up and down the country have been trying to educate drivers about the minimum space they should give cyclists when overtaking - 1.5 metres. But as video after video we post here demonstrates, the message isn't getting through to many.

The footage here was shot by reader John in Donacster, South Yorkshire this week as he went out for a bit of exercise to take a break from his COVID-19 confinement.

"A short clip showing how some drivers respect cyclists at [pedestrian crossing pinch points and some don't," he said.

* Or 1 Stephen Merchant, if you prefer ...



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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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