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Near Miss of the Day 696: Driver overtakes cyclist so closely that wing mirror hits rider

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

Not so much a Near Miss of the Day this one, given that the driver passed the cyclist so closely that the car’s wing mirror actually made contact with the rider – not that the vehicle’s occupants seemed too concerned about the incident.

Rich, the reader who sent us the footage, said: “This was in Felixstowe, Suffolk a few weeks before Christmas.

“I was out for a few miles, first time off the turbo for a bit, took primary at the lights, and held it after the lights for the upcoming traffic island and roundabout, and the driver passed so close my elbow pushed his wing mirror in.

“As they continued, the passenger leaned out and pushed the mirror back into place, but apart from that they showed no awareness of the incident at all.”

He added: “Ironically it was outside a police station, but I missed the seven-day cut off for submission.”

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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.

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

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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