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Near Miss of the Day 837: Mercedes driver close passes cyclist carrying four-year-old son in child seat

The cyclist says this is the worst close pass he has ever received on a stretch of road in Hanwell, London that he claims is already a "hot spot" for poor driving standards...

Just weeks after a video of a driver failing to stop to let a five-year-old cyclist and his father pass went hugely viral, another cyclist, this time carrying his infant child in a child seat - has shared footage of a driver passing them with inches to spare on a narrow London street. 

The cyclist, Ruairi, can be heard saying "f**king idiot" as the driver of the Mercedes overtakes on Church Road in Hanwell, West London, 20 seconds into the clip. Other vehicles are travelling in the opposite direction as the driver makes the dangerous manoeuvre, with parked cars making the available road space even narrower. 

Ruairi told road.cc: "My son and I were on our way back from his Saturday football training. It's a short 7km ride from Hanwell to Gunnersbury Park, Ealing, London. We travel by bicycle if dry, which has been pretty regularly this year.

"The bike is a Merida Silex 400, with a Yepp Maxi seat... a really good seat and solid attachment post.

"[There is] no real cycling infrastructure apart from bus lanes on the main roads along the route. Although Church Road is a main road, it has no cycling provisions other than bicycle paint marks.

"As you can see in the footage, we are cycling when a Mercedes performs a very close pass.

"This part of the journey is a hot spot unfortunately, but this is the worst close pass yet."

Ruairi says he has reported the incident to the police. 

> 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.

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> What to do if you capture a near miss or close pass (or worse) on camera while cycling

Arriving at road.cc in 2017 via 220 Triathlon Magazine, Jack dipped his toe in most jobs on the site and over at eBikeTips before being named the new editor of road.cc in 2020, much to his surprise. His cycling life began during his students days, when he cobbled together a few hundred quid off the back of a hard winter selling hats (long story) and bought his first road bike - a Trek 1.1 that was quickly relegated to winter steed, before it was sadly pinched a few years later. Creatively replacing it with a Trek 1.2, Jack mostly rides this bike around local cycle paths nowadays, but when he wants to get the racer out and be competitive his preferred events are time trials, sportives, triathlons and pogo sticking - the latter being another long story.  

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