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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Non-collision injuries in Bristol – what can be done about ice?

Of course, cycling is overall a safe and very healthy activity, with cyclists being much healthier overall than non-cyclists. But there are risks which we need to be reducing, and they’re not always the ones that attract the most attention.  Research in Bristol and published by The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents makes this point ROSPA non-collision-case-study. In fact, non-collision incidents are a leading cause of harm to cyclists. “Contact with ice” alone accounts for 17% of hospital admissions for cyclists. We’ve set out the Bristol stats in a handy infographic Cycling hospital admissions in 2016…

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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? A few months ago, Avon & Somerset Police did run a successful, albeit brief trial to educate and warn drivers of the problem. But the will…

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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”. (Warning: many incidents go unrecorded and the level of injury is often miscategorised as less serious.) In the same period hospitals in Bristol admitted 47 seriously injured cyclists (ten year average 39). of 68 pedestrians admitted due to traffic collisions, 62 had been hit by…

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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 charged with dangerous driving, which would have attracted a marginally higher sentence? Why, especially in the light of his previous drink driving conviction, was Bridges not given a lengthier driving ban than 15 months? How can anyone suggest that 250 hours community service…

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Induced Traffic and Traffic Evaporation

The recent debate on the proposed Callington “Relief” Road has brought the concept of “induced traffic” back into the limelight. And also the the related and much neglected evidence for “reduced traffic“, or the delightful concept of “traffic evaporation”. So what do these terms mean? Induced Traffic As car ownership and use have increased over the past 30 years the reaction to the pressure created by additional traffic demand has often been to increase the level of supply, in other words, provide additional road space. There is a growing body of evidence indicating that the benefits of…

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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 Roads’ from the national road victims’ charity RoadPeace, which reports an alarming drop in traffic law enforcement and in traffic policing numbers (a 60% reduction in Avon and Somerset from 157 to 62 officers). Here’s the view of Cycling UK on this important report.

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