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A near-miss is an incident between a pedestrian or a bicyclist and another mode of transportation — a bike, a car, or a bus/train — that results either in a crash or a situation where a pedestrian/bicyclist feels unsafe. This could be either a car passing a bicyclist too closely or a car rolling through a stop sign and almost hitting a pedestrian in the crosswalk. At its most basic level, it’s an event that leaves a pedestrian or bicyclists thinking “that was close.” Any of these situations count as near-misses, and they're the kind of information this report looks for to identify dangerous places on Houston’s roads.