Two thirds of people in Greater Bristol won’t even consider riding a bike. They say the roads are too dangerous. Better cycle ways are important, but police enforcement makes cycling and walking safer. Our Road Justice Group is working with the Avon and Somerset Police to improve reporting of incidents and near misses, as well as proper investigation and enforcement action. Other actions are on speeding and ‘doorings’.Recent posts about Road Justice (click for full list)
Safety - or "feel good" safety?
We enjoy it when members pen their thoughts, observations and evidence about cycling in Bristol. (If you'd like to contribute something, please do contact us.) But occasionally something comes along from "outside" which we really want to share. Here is a remarkably well thought-through article from a woman - Marjut Ollitervo - from Finland. It challenges us to think about the superficially simple word "safety" from a cultural perspective. It's not a quick read - please set aside…Read More
700+ cyclists injured on Bristol’s roads in 2017 ... 1 prosecution for dangerous driving
Bristol Cycling has obtained the police's latest figures for road collisions and incidents resulting in the injury of vulnerable road users in 2017. They show that 191 pedestrians and 232 cyclists were recorded by the police as being injured on Bristol city’s roads. But we know that these figures massively under-record the true level of injuries - using Department of Transport research we know that the true figure for injured vulnerable road users is well over…Read More
Stay Wider of the Rider
Does your blood boil when the driver of a vehicle overtakes you with inches to spare, only for you to meet them seconds later at the lights? London Cycling Campaign have launched a new campaign to tackle the problem of the “close pass”. That is, drivers overtaking people on bikes with little room to spare, which at best is intimidating and at worse, life-threatening: https://staywider.org Should we be running the same campaign here in Bristol?…Read More
Bristol Road Justice meet with Avon & Somerset Police
Bristol Road Justice, along with fellow campaigners from Taunton Area Cycling Campaign, have again met Avon and Somerset Police to review road traffic law enforcement. The main points from the meeting were: The Head of Road Safety, Superintendent Andrew Williams, reported that A&SP were putting a lot of effort into improving their data collection and analysis so as to be able to more effectively prioritise their austerity-imposed reduced resources. Their incident reporting systems are still…Read More
BBC: Why are so few motorists who injure cyclists ever prosecuted?
UPDATE: The programme is available on BBC iPlayer until mid March 2018. ............................................... BBC's "Inside Out West" programme on Monday evening will be addressing the question of why so few motorists who kill or seriously injure cyclists are ever prosecuted. This reflects a chronic failure of the British justice system which Bristol Cycling and national cycling groups (such as Cycling UK, British Cycling, RoadPeace and Cyclenation) have been campaigning against for many years. Only last week,…Read More
Cycling Casualties and Police Enforcement Action
Bristol Road Justice has been in contact with Avon and Somerset Police as to the action they are taking with regard to enforcement action against dangerous drivers. Headline facts In 2016 police recorded that 285 cyclists were injured in road traffic collisions (ten year average 262). In 26 cases the injuries were recorded as “serious”. (Warning: many incidents go unrecorded and the level of injury is often miscategorised as less serious.) In the same period…Read More
Cycling hospital admissions in 2016
Bristol Cycling regularly requests data from local hospitals on the number of admissions by transport mode. Below is an infographic breaking down the collisions that resulted in cyclists being admitted to hospital in 2016. Take away messages might be: Take care to avoid leaves, curbs, potholes and, especially, ice Avoid cars (Space for Cycling anyone?) Overall the trend over the past 10 years is slightly up, and 2016 was higher than 2015.Read More
250 hours community service for killing a cyclist - A Fair Tariff?
The ridiculously lenient sentence handed down to a driver for killing cyclist Peter Brown, at the Aust roundabout, again raises questions about how the law deals with such cases. Given that the cyclist was clearly visible to the driver’s passenger and the driver of the car behind, why was Philip Bridges, the killer driver, not charged with dangerous driving, which would have attracted a marginally higher sentence? Why, especially in the light of his previous…Read More