Tackling Dangerous Driving – Bristol Cycling Webinar Thursday 8th October [updated]

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 will 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…

Read More

Gear Change and LTN 1/20 – the start of a cycling revolution, or another false dawn?

Months, years and sometimes decades go by with only warm words and crumbs from Government on cycling. We’ve had false dawns before but on July 28 the government published two potentially revolutionary documents for cycling: Gear change: a bold vision for cycling and walking, and the less snappily titled LTN 1/20 Cycle infrastructure design. Showing commitment based on what has worked in London, in the foreword to Gear Change Boris Johnson says about cycling: It doesn’t just make you happier. It doesn’t just make you healthier. It helps millions of others too, whether or not they have any…

Read More

Road safety – why don’t we take it seriously?

Many of you will have seen the tragic rail crash in Aberdeenshire on the news where three people have sadly died. These are the first fatalities due to a derailment in the UK since 2007. Despite this very safe track record, a full and thorough investigation will be carried out by the Rail Accident Investigation Branch. The investigation isn’t about assigning blame or making prosecutions – it will result in safety recommendations being made to both the infrastructure manager and the train operator to prevent or mitigate such an event in the future. Similar investigations occur in air travel,…

Read More

Stop killing our children

While our streets look like something from the 1950s in the midst of coronavirus lockdown, we need to rethink what ‘normal’ looks like. Stop Killing our Children is a documentary crowdfunded and produced by our friends at ETA Trust (ethical insurance with strong cycle offering). It is a review of where the Dutch are fifty years after their transformative campaign for road danger reduction. So why are we talking about this at a website for a Bristol advocacy group? Becase it makes us realise how much death and destruction in our streets has become normalised over recent decades. Traffic congestion…

Read More

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,…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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…

Read More

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?)

Read More