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Near Miss of the Day 594: Cyclists ride single file ... and still get a close pass from a lorry driver

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

You can't win, can you? We see bogus coverage in the mainstream media that criticise cyclists for (quite legally) riding two abreast, yet when they ride single file out of consideration for other road users, something like this happens ... a close pass by a lorry driver who leaves just inches between his vehicle and the riders he is overtaking.

The clip, filmed in Gloucestershire, was sent in by reader Richard, who said: "This one happened in November when out riding with a friend. We had to do a short stretch on a relatively busy road, normally we stick to the quieter roads, so I decided single file was the considerate thing to do and this was the result.

"The response from the police was that it was unacceptable and they would try to trace the driver. I managed to get the plates from a series of stills but as it was foreign, and the fact that I have heard nothing since, I assume their attempts were unsuccessful.

"Also for the record my first submission was NMOTD 461 which I submitted following the comments," he continued.

"Because it was after the 14 day limit when I submitted, the police said they would wtite to the driver concerned."

Richard added: "And finally, for [fellow reader] Siracha, the camera used was an Apeman A66 helmet mounted. You can see the telly tubby shadow in the video."

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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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