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’.

We’ve prepared a guide on what to do if you’re involved in an incident. We’ve done a useful infographic of the figures for  cycling hospital admissions.

Recent posts about Road Justice (click for full list)
  • BBC: Why are so few motorists who injure cyclists ever prosecuted?

    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,

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  • Cycling Casualties and Police Enforcement Action

    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

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  • Cycling hospital admissions in 2016

    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.

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  • 250 hours community service for killing a cyclist - A Fair Tariff?

    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

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  • News on Road Justice from meeting with police, June 2017

    News on Road Justice from meeting with police, June 2017

    The Bristol Road Justice Group met senior Avon and Somerset Police officers at the beginning of June to discuss ongoing concerns as to police road traffic law enforcement and other work to reduce the dangers posed to cyclists by dangerous driving. The meeting was timely following the publication last month of the detailed report 'Our Lawless Roads' from the national road victims’ charity RoadPeace, which reports an alarming drop in traffic law enforcement and in

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  • Cycling and the Justice System - report from parliamentary inquiry

    Cycling and the Justice System - report from parliamentary inquiry

    The All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group has now published their report Cycling and the Justice System, following five evidence sessions earlier this year. There's a news article about here and you can read the Bristol Cycling submission here. We're pleased that our submission points are fully covered in the report. The report mades 14 recommendations: * The Highway Code should be revised * The driving test must be changed to help improve driver behaviour towards cyclists * Professional

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  • Progress with the Police on near misses and recording injuries

    Progress with the Police on near misses and recording injuries

    Late last year the Road Justice Group met with the PCC, Sue Mountstevens, and Avon & Somerset’s Acting Head of Road Safety, Chief Inspector Kevan Rowlands, to discuss our concerns as to road traffic law enforcement. We’ve recently pursued a number of those issues in follow-up correspondence. Firstly, the police and council claim that their statistics show a decline in the number injured in road traffic collisions. (At least one cyclist a day is injured

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  • Bristol Cycling secure commitment to

    Bristol Cycling secure commitment to "Close Pass" initiative from Avon & Somerset Police

    Campaigning from Bristol Cycling's Road Justice team has resulted in a commitment from Avon & Somerset Police Chief Inspector Kevan Rowlands to implement a "Close Pass" operation. This is a key commitment in protecting people riding bikes from poor driving. Fear of the dangers of cycling on the road with cars is one of the biggest barriers stopping people taking up cycling and the Bristol Road Justice group was formed as part of Cycling UK’s

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