Campaigns

Making Bristol better for cycling

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 barriers stopping people taking up cycling and the Bristol Road Justice group was formed as part of Cycling UK’s campaign for the rights of cyclists to use the roads safely. The Road Justice team work with Avon & Somerset Police (A&SP) to ensure…

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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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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 Birmingham. We’re very pleased to hear that the scheme is coming to our area (Undercover police WILL target Bristol drivers who pass cyclists too close). Near misses are the main issue identified as stopping people (particularly women, children and…

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