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’.
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. 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 drivers often became of interest to the police for other offences. In…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
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