We're over in Dorset today for our Near Miss of the Day series, with the moment a motorist decided to overtake a cyclist on a blind bend - in the process almost sending the rider into a hedgerow.
Robert, the road.cc reader on the receiving end, sets the scene: "On a wet, windy grey day in October 2020, my legs needed a stretch so I headed north out of Verwood, Dorset on Batterley Drove towards the nice quiet lanes of Cranbourne Chase.
"Unfortunately being lit up like an early Christmas tree and wearing dayglo wet weather gear didn’t help this driver with his vision issues.
"As you can see in the video, I am approaching a 90 degree left hand bend with a hedge along side the field, offering no view of what is around the corner," he continued.
"Most drivers here wait until after the bend on the short uphill straight, however, to my surprise, LS63 VJO made the decision to squeeze me to the left and perform an overtake through the bend.
"Usually when I get a close pass, I get a look at the driver, however in this case my focus was 100% on the few centimetres of distance remaining between my bike wheel and the car wheel!
"I used Dorset’s Operation Snap to submit this footage and received the usual automated response advising that the driver would be sent a NIP," Robert added.
"I followed up a few months later, but have never heard back with an outcome."
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.
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.