Campaigns

Making Bristol better for cycling

Road Justice

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)

  • Cycling with video cameras - a cyclist’s perspective: Part 1 Reporting

    Cycling with video cameras - a cyclist’s perspective: Part 1 Reporting

    BCyC member James Taylor writes: I’d like to acknowledge and thank Damien Devanny (Continuous Improvement Officer for Road Safety), Avon & Somerset Police (ASP) and others at ASP’s Road Safety Unit for their assistance and encouragement with this article. WHY BOTHER? I’m often asked about this aspect of cycling, so I thought it might be useful to get some words down about it. Having cameras on my bike has enabled me to report over 230

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  • The Summer of Cycling and Walking

    The Summer of Cycling and Walking

    Friday 30th July was a bumper day for announcements and publications from the Department for Transport relating to cycling, to kick of its 'Summer of Cycling and Walking' campaign. In this article we attempt to simplify each one for you, and understand how they are relevant to us here in Bristol. £338 million package to further fuel active travel boom The active travel boom seen throughout the pandemic will continue to thrive thanks to a

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  • Responding to Dangerous Driving: Road Justice Campaign meets with Police

    Responding to Dangerous Driving: Road Justice Campaign meets with Police

    Bristol Road Justice has met recently with Avon and Somerset Police (A & S) to discuss roads policing and incidents involving cyclists. At its peak A & S had 240 roads policing officers. Following cuts they now have 55. Although many of their tasks have been streamlined and they are 'working smarter', this is an enormous reduction, demonstrating roads policing is not a local or national priority. Their response to dangerous driving can be broken

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  • Police and Crime Commissioner elections 2021

    Police and Crime Commissioner elections 2021

    At the same time as the elections for the Mayor and Councillors, there’s an election for a new Police and Crime Commissioner. He or she will be responsible for overseeing the performance of Avon and Somerset Police who are in charge of enforcing traffic laws on our roads. We’ve asked each of the five candidates their views on: Tackling the high number of cyclng casualties on Bristol’s roads The low level of enforcement action against

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  • Bristol Road Justice report on recent casework - March 2021

    Bristol Road Justice report on recent casework - March 2021

    A number of cyclists have been in touch with Bristol Road Justice (BRJ) in recent weeks, raising a range of issues. Cyclists remain disappointed with the lack of a meaningful response when making a video submission; they are just told that the police will consider a range of options – 'No Further Action' (NFA), sending a warning letter, or prosecution – and not told which one they have decided upon. We’re still working on this issue. One

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  • What is your experience of submitting camera footage to Avon & Somerset Police?

    What is your experience of submitting camera footage to Avon & Somerset Police?

    Our campaigners from Bristol Road Justice (BRJ) again met Avon and Somerset Police (A&SP) to discuss road policing. We continue to be concerned at the lack of meaningful feedback to those cyclists reporting dangerous driving via webcams. There is currently a national police working party looking at drawing up best practice guidelines for processing such reporting. A&SP are awaiting its recommendations as well as keeping an eye on what other police forces are doing. BRJ

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  • Summary from our latest webinar – Tackling Dangerous Driving

    Summary from our latest webinar – Tackling Dangerous Driving

    We presented the complete video of our Bristol Cycling webinar "Tackling Dangerous Driving" (on 8th October) a couple of posts back. For those who would appreciate a quick synopsis of what was said, please find here a report of the key points. In 2019 the police recorded 318 collisions in Bristol in which cyclists were injured. These were overwhelmingly caused by drivers, yet typically in only 11% of incidents do the police take any action.

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  • Watch Our Latest Webinar - Tackling Dangerous Driving

    Watch Our Latest Webinar - Tackling Dangerous Driving

    The third Bristol Cycling webinar on 8th October discussed the scale of the issue both nationally and locally and what can be done to reduce the danger on our roads. Road Justice has been a significant part of our campaigning for many years and is a key part of making cycling safe and comfortable for everyone. The following speakers lead the discussion: Duncan Dollimore, Head of Campaigns at national charity Cycling UK, who describes current

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