700+ cyclists injured on Bristol’s roads in 2017 … 1 prosecution for dangerous driving

Bristol Cycling has obtained the police’s latest figures for road collisions and incidents resulting in the injury of vulnerable road users in 2017. They show that 191 pedestrians and 232 cyclists were recorded by the police as being injured on Bristol city’s roads. But we know that these figures massively under-record the true level of injuries – using Department of Transport research we know that the true figure for injured vulnerable road users is well over 1,000 people. And this is just for the Bristol city…

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Our response to the 20mph consultation

20mph speed limits on most streets and roads in Bristol has been one of Bristol Cycling’s campaigns (Twenty’s Plenty) from the beginning. We encouraged as many BCyC members as possible to respond to the consultation in 2018 (7 Reasons Einstein would support 20 mph) and we were pleased at the overwhelmingly positive response the council received. We put in our own formal submission as well, as below or click here Response to 20mph consultation 2018. Introduction The ability to cycle safely on low speed, low traffic streets is essential in providing a comprehensive cycle network in Bristol. In…

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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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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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Cycling and the Justice System – report from parliamentary inquiry

The All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group has now published their report Cycling and the Justice System, following five evidence sessions earlier this year. There’s a news article about here and you can read the Bristol Cycling submission here.  We’re pleased that our submission points are fully covered in the report. The report mades 14 recommendations: * The Highway Code should be revised * The driving test must be changed to help improve driver behaviour towards cyclists * Professional drivers should be retested more frequently * Roads policing should be given a higher priority * The Government and other local authorities should…

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Bristol Cycling secure commitment to “Close Pass” initiative from Avon & Somerset Police

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…

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