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Near Miss of the Day 578: Pinch point close pass (includes swearing)

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

The first section of London’s Cycleway 4 opened last September, running 3.4 kilometres from Tower Bridge to Rotherhithe – but today’s video in our Near Miss of the Day series shows what cyclists currently have to deal with further east on the same route as a cyclist is subjected to a close pass at a pinch point.

This is Evelyn Street, with the Pepys Estate on the left and Deptford Park on the right. Eventually, there will be a segregated two-way cycle track on it as Cycleway 4 continues towards Greenwich.

But you can see for yourself not only the poor condition of the road surface that riders have to contend with, especially closer to the kerb, but also the danger the layout puts cyclists in – with the second driver pretty much repeating the same manoeuvre as the first.

The cyclist on the receiving end, user Trialobike, sent his apologies for the swearing – although as ever, in such circumstances, it seems fully understandable.

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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 joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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