Report a Near Miss
Report a near miss is an Avon and Somerset Constabulary initiative to enable the police to gather information so that they can focus their safety campaigns efficiently. It also educates drivers of motorised vehicles to allow enough space when overtaking cyclists. This follows on from the work carried out by other police forces including the West Midlands, who were the first police force to champion this, under their ‘Give Space, Be Safe’ campaign.
Although the Highway Code is very vague on the issue when it comes to overtaking cyclists with Rule 163 telling drivers to “give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car” and Rule 212 stating “give them [cyclists] plenty of room” police forces are keen to educate drivers that they should leave at least 1.5 metres of space in order to safely overtake a cyclist.