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’.
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.…Read More
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…Read More
Road safety - why don’t we take it seriously?
Many of you will have seen the tragic rail crash in Aberdeenshire on the news where three people have sadly died. These are the first fatalities due to a derailment in the UK since 2007. Despite this very safe track record, a full and thorough investigation will be carried out by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch. The investigation isn’t about assigning blame or making prosecutions - it will result in safety recommendations being made to both…Read More
Stop killing our children
While our streets look like something from the 1950s in the midst of coronavirus lockdown, we need to rethink what 'normal' looks like. Stop Killing our Children is a documentary crowdfunded and produced by our friends at ETA Trust (ethical insurance with strong cycle offering). It is a review of where the Dutch are fifty years after their transformative campaign for road danger reduction. So why are we talking about this at a website for…Read More
Video evidence submissions to Avon and Somerset Police
Until last autumn, cyclists submitting video camera footage of dangerous driving would be told by the police what action they would be taking (see What happens when you send your close pass video to police). This used to be one area where local police worked with the cycling community to address bad driving. Members of the public submitting evidence helped mitigate the force's withdrawal of resources from roads policing, and, anecdotally, we hear that bad…Read More
What happens when you send your close pass video to police
The Road Justice work of BCyC is primarily about holding ASP to account to provide reasonable responses to cyclists who take the time to submit dashcam evidence of dangerous driving and near misses. Telling people the outcome of their camera submissions encourages cyclists to provide the information, they feel the trouble is worthwhile if something is done about the dangerous driving they have reported. This basic level of accountability makes it difficult for the police…Read More
Close Passes and Camera Submissions
At the July Cycle Forum Bristol, Damien Devanny, from Avon and Somerset’s Road Safety Department, talked about their work on reports of motorists close passing cyclists and how the police deal with camera submissions. The close passes, reported using Avon and Somerset Police’s online form, are added to their database of problem locations but this does not lead to any follow-up action in relation to the driver: something Bristol Road Justice have long argued they…Read More
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