Policing Bristol’s roads – two strategies and a damning critique

Three significant publications in the past few weeks will do much to decide how safe Bristol’s roads are for cycling in the coming years. Avon and Somerset police put out their Policing the Roads Strategy. Bristol Council issues their long awaited road danger reduction strategy A Safe Systems Approach to Road Safety in Bristol. Finally the prosecution service was…

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February update on work with police

We have had a further meeting with the police, along with CTC and RoadPeace as the ‘Road Justice Committee’, and raised the following issues: Near miss and dangerous driving reporting We are continuing to press the police to introduce a near miss/dangerous driving reporting system. They have agreed to do this but, as yet, have not started work on its…

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Update to Police and Crime Commissioner, Sue Mountstevens

Here is a copy of the letter we’ve sent to the PCC on 8th December 2014 about our ongoing Road Justice work with police officers. We’re driven to address the social injustice whereby between 1 and 2 pedestrians/cyclists are being KSI (killed or seriously injured) in our community each week. The response we had was:  Thank you for this…

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Productive meeting with Chief Constable

Three Bristol Cycling Campaign members from the Road Justice sub group recently met the Chief Constable again to review progress on an action plan agreed at our last meeting. At the meeting we discussed evidence-based policing, officer training, ‘near miss’ reporting, and the response of Avon & Somerset Police to the CTC Road Justice pledge. This was a wide…

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Road Justice Update – 10 April 2014

One of our members, a recent victim of road injustice, has been in touch to let us know the police have decided to prosecute the driver (who broke her face, jaw and teeth last September) for dirving without due care and attention. The trial is set for 1 July. She said “I am pleased that after refusing to take a…

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Road Justice Progress Update – March 2014

  Bristol Cycling Campaign representatives have had two further meetings with the police, to which the Council have also been invited, and have visited the police’s Collisions Investigations Unit in Weston-super-Mare.  The police officers concerned have accepted that their practices and procedures need to be improved to deliver a consistently good service to cyclists who have been involved in…

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December 2013 meeting with Chief Constable

A group from Bristol Cycling Campaign met the new Chief Constable of Avon & Somerset, Nick Gargan, appointed earlier in the year by the Police & Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens. Also present were Rhia Weston, who runs the CTC’s Road Justice campaign (www.roadjustice.org.uk) and Superintendent Matt Ayres, in charge of Traffic Management and head of the collisions investigations department….

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