Responding to Dangerous Driving: Road Justice Campaign meets with Police

Bristol Road Justice has met recently with Avon and Somerset Police (A & S) to discuss roads policing and incidents involving cyclists. At its peak A & S had 240 roads policing officers. Following cuts they now have 55. Although many of their tasks have been streamlined and they are ‘working smarter’, this is an enormous reduction, demonstrating roads policing is not a local or national priority. Their response to dangerous driving can be broken down into: 1. Incidents involving death or life-changing injury where investigations are handled by the specialist Collision Investigations Unit currently based at Almondsbury. In our…

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Bristol Road Justice report on recent casework – March 2021

A number of cyclists have been in touch with Bristol Road Justice (BRJ) in recent weeks, raising a range of issues. Cyclists remain disappointed with the lack of a meaningful response when making a video submission; they are just told that the police will consider a range of options – ‘No Further Action’ (NFA), sending a warning letter, or prosecution – and not told which one they have decided upon. We’re still working on this issue. One cyclist, who had submitted video close pass footage to the…

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What is your experience of submitting camera footage to Avon & Somerset Police?

Our campaigners from Bristol Road Justice (BRJ) again met Avon and Somerset Police (A&SP) to discuss road policing. We continue to be concerned at the lack of meaningful feedback to those cyclists reporting dangerous driving via webcams. There is currently a national police working party looking at drawing up best practice guidelines for processing such reporting. A&SP are awaiting its recommendations as well as keeping an eye on what other police forces are doing. BRJ analyses police collision reports. In 2019, the last complete year for which information is available, 318 cyclists were injured in road traffic collisions in Bristol,…

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Bristol to Bath Railway Path Safety

We are appalled at the frequency and level of violence of attacks on the Bristol to Bath Railway Path this winter. BCyC members have been actively working with stakeholders discussing long term options to improve safety. One aspect has been to learn from other similar paths with similar challenges around the country.The Facebook group Bristol & Bath Railway Path – OnePath is very helpful, but we have also formed a small working group with representatives from the Bristol Walking Alliance and local running clubs to look at how we can work towards a long term solution to reduce crime on the path. If…

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Watch Our Latest Webinar – Tackling Dangerous Driving

The third Bristol Cycling webinar on 8th October discussed the scale of the issue both nationally and locally and what can be done to reduce the danger on our roads. Road Justice has been a significant part of our campaigning for many years and is a key part of making cycling safe and comfortable for everyone. The following speakers lead the discussion: Duncan Dollimore, Head of Campaigns at national charity Cycling UK, who describes current concerns with the criminal justice system, the forthcoming Department of Transport Roads Policing Review and current best practice from police forces around the country.

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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 to ignore or fail to act on complaints, as they do with incidents which result in injury to cyclists. There has been a…

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‘Juicy’ Bristol Cycle Forum on Oct 24 2019

We’re looking forward to the October Cycle Forum, facilitated by Bristol Council. All the items are really central to what Bristol Cycling Campaign is all about. There is sure to be a strong turnout from members and supporters (but not all 3,000 of you!). If you’ve not yet been to a Bristol Cycle Forum then this could be the one to go for. 6pm Thursday, October 24th at City Hall – arrive at reception for room details. Agenda Introductions The Guide to Inclusive Cycling – Kate Cooke – https://wheelsforwellbeing.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2019/06/FINAL.pdf Bike Life Launch for 2020 – Jon Usher…

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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 ought to do. Where camera submissions of dangerous driving are made,…

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