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)
  • What happens when you send your close pass video to police

    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

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  • Close Passes and Camera Submissions

    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

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  • Safety - or

    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

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  • 700+ cyclists injured on Bristol’s roads in 2017  ...  1 prosecution for dangerous driving

    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

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  • Stay Wider of the Rider

    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?

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  • Bristol Road Justice meet with Avon & Somerset Police

    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

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  • 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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