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Category Archives: Road Justice

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 injure cyclists are ever prosecuted.

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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”. […]

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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?)

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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 […]

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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 […]

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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 […]

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Progress with the Police on near misses and recording injuries

Last year the Road Justice Group met with the Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens, and Avon & Somerset’s Head of Road Safety, Chief Inspector Kevan Rowlands, to discuss our concerns as to road law enforcement. We’ve followed-up on a number of those issues.

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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 […]

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Bristol Road Justice group – what we do

The Bristol Road Justice group was formed as part of Cycling UK’s campaign for the rights of cyclists to use the roads safely. Fear is the main reason that people don’t cycle. Therefore, to get more cyclists on our roads, we need to make our roads safer. One of the ways to do that is by putting an end to bad driving.

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What to do if you are involved in a road traffic collision while cycling

The Bristol Road Justice campaign group of Bristol Cycling is keen to hear from cyclists who have been victims of road incidents (whether injured or not) with regards to how the police have responded. Please send reports to These will help us to identify any issues we need to address with A&S Police.

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Bristol Road Justice Group submits evidence to the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group’s inquiry

The All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group is conducting an inquiry into “Cycling and the Justice System”. These are the issues they plan to investigate and the evidence submitted by Cycling UK, RoadPeace and Bristol Road Justice Group

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What are the police doing about collisions resulting in injury to cyclists?

Bristol police recorded 250 incidents of injury to cyclists in 2015 with 38 being detained in hospital. So what are the police doing about this? As far as enforcement action is concerned – not much.

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Government consulting on driving injustices

Organisations representing victims, cyclists and walkers, and sustainable transport organisations have written welcoming the setting up of the review but have said that they “were disappointed to learn that the role of driving bans is not to be a key issue” and “we are concerned that the consultation will miss a key chance to make our roads safer.”

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Police start a ‘Give Space, Be Safe’ initiative to tackle near misses

Avon & Somerset Police officers went to a seminar last week by West Midlands police on their award winning ‘Give Space, Be Safe’ initiative (Best Practice Education and Enforcement in the West Midlands). Since the initiative began last September in West Midlands it is credited with halving the number of incidents of ‘close passing’ reported by cyclists in […]

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If Chris Grayling had doored a cyclist in Bristol?

With the Transport Minister Chris Grayling in the news for carelessly, perhaps criminally, dooring a cyclist, we look at the situation in Bristol.

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