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.
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…
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.
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 RoadJustice@bristolcycling.org.uk. These will help us to identify any issues we need to address with A&S Police.
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
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.
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.”
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…
With the Transport Minister Chris Grayling in the news for carelessly, perhaps criminally, dooring a cyclist, we look at the situation in Bristol.
An insightful blog by West Midlands Police Traffic Unit, and some action we could well do with in Avon and Somerset.