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Near Miss of the Day 571: Driver makes very close and fast pass on cyclist descending country lane (includes swearing)

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

A driver making a very close pass at speed on a cyclist who is descending a country lane features in today’s video in our Near Miss of the Day series.

The incident happened in February near Basingstoke, Hampshire with George, the road.cc reader who submitted the clip, reporting it online on 20 February to Hampshire Constabulary.

He said the force “refuse to provide a reference number or any information whatsoever to the cycling victims of bad drivers reported to them using video evidence, contrary to their remit and the requirements of the justice system.”

Regarding the incident itself, he said: “I didn't know the driver was there as he held back for a while before accelerating past.

“I was travelling fast downhill so I was concentrating ahead and obviously not expecting a pass on such a narrow lane.

“I have had several similar passes on narrow lanes during lockdown for some reason,” he added.

> 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.

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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