VIDEO: Film of cyclist's near misses with cars released to show dangers of biking in Sheffield

A rear view camera captures the moment a car comes perilously close to a cyclist in Sheffield. (Photo: YouTube).
A rear view camera captures the moment a car comes perilously close to a cyclist in Sheffield. (Photo: YouTube).
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A video compilation of a Sheffield cyclist narrowly avoiding being hit by cars has been released to show the dangers of biking in the city.

The 90 second clip, uploaded to video sharing website YouTube, features a number of hair-raising brushes experienced by an unnamed cyclist with cars in recent weeks.

In one scene, a car is seen driving perilously close behind the biker while in another, a car is forced to drive onto the pavement as another motorist attempts to overtake a bike travelling in the same direction.

Other footage shows cars cutting in front of the cyclist as they make their way through the city.

The clips, which appear to have been filmed in several locations across the city have been put together by Cycle Sheffield which is calling on dedicated cycle routes to help keep bikers safe.

A statement posted below the video said: "Close passes by dangerous drivers are one of the biggest factors that stop people who would like to start cycling.

A van races past a biker in the city. (Photo: YouTube).

A van races past a biker in the city. (Photo: YouTube).

"Sheffield needs both protected cycle routes separated from traffic, and active enforcement of the Highway Code by the police for people to feel safe enough to cycle."

The clip, entitled "What can a cycle commute in Sheffield feel like?" has already been viewed a number of times after being uploaded to the site earlier this week.