Making Bristol better for cycling

London Evening Standard Investigation

40 cyclists killed, 4 drivers jailed: exclusive investigation reveals only one in 10 drivers are jailed after being involved in cyclist death From the London Evening Standard 2 Jan 2014:   Road victim: no prosecutions will follow the cycle death of Katharine Giles inset. Main picture, police observe London cyclists   Ross Lydall, Chief News Correspondent Published: 02 January 2014 Updated: 09:56, 03 January 2014   Drivers have only a one in 10 chance of being sent to jail after being involved in the death of a cyclist, an Evening Standard investigation reveals today. An analysis of police data on the 40 cyclists killed in London between 2010 and 2012 found that drivers had been imprisoned on just four occasions. There were seven further cases where minor or suspended sentences were imposed – allowing motorists to walk free. In at least 24 further cases, the Metropolitan or City of London police and the Crown Prosecution Service decided not to press charges or discontinued criminal proceedings. On four occasions the driver was cleared by a jury. The revelations come as it emerged there will be no prosecution in a death involving an HGV last year – that of Dr Katharine Giles at Victoria. Cyclist Alan Neve died last year in an incident involving an HGV.  A 51-year-old is currently on bail on a charge of causing death by careless driving. Their respective inquests are due to be heard tomorrow and on Monday. Today politicians and campaigners warned the criminal justice system was failing to offer sufficient protection to cyclists by allowing convicted motorists to escape with “lenient” sentences.

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No Road Justice on Gloucester Road

The Police Response to Incidents Involving Cyclists on Bristol’s Gloucester Road
Rob Harding (BCyC member)

Mid-morning traffic on Gloucester Road, Bristol
Early this year I was surprised to see in a local freesheet that a Bishopston Councillor had called for the police to make cracking down on cycling on the pavement one of their top priorities. Whilst an occasional nuisance, I didn’t think the problem was so pervasive or dangerous as to warrant a re-prioritising of police resources. I decided to take a closer look at the cause of road traffic incidents on the Gloucester Road near where I live. The road had already been identified as one of the six worst in Bristol in terms of incidents involving injury to cyclists (see Sam Saunders’ blog).

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