Police start a ‘Give Space, Be Safe’ initiative to tackle near misses

Avon & Somerset Police officers went to a seminar last week by West Midlands police on their award winning ‘Give Space, Be Safe’ initiative (Best Practice Education and Enforcement in the West Midlands). Since the initiative began last September in West Midlands it is credited with halving the number of incidents of ‘close passing’ reported by cyclists in Birmingham. We’re very pleased…

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The Mayor’s leaky boat – a parable of RPS and 20mph

Settle down while we tell you a story: Imagine, if you will, the King of Bristol. He sets sail in a big boat, given to him by a chap wearing red trousers. OK, says the King, I know Red Trousers has given me a leaky boat, but I’m sure it’ll stay afloat for a while. But to his horror,…

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‘We need to change our roads so drivers can see cyclists’

How refreshing to read a thoughtful article in a local paper (Cambridge News) about why and how to make everyday cycling normal in the UK. There’s an excellent plan of a proper roundabout that works for everyone. When will we see the first of these in Bristol? Research shows that we don’t perceive things at the edge of our…

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Review of Community Speedwatch in Bristol

A number of BCyC members are active in local community speedwatch groups. Support from police for CSW has been a bit hit and miss recently, mostly due to the endless reorganisations. Considering the  widespread concerns about speeding it’s surprising that there are so few CSW groups, possibly only 4 across the city.  There was a meeting in May to review…

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Are cycle lanes in the ‘door zone’ better than nothing?

Our Road Justice group has been working with the police on the issue of car doors and cycling incidents. Up to 20% of road traffic incidents resulting in injury to cyclists are the result of motorists carelessly opening vehicle doors. We had a question from an officer working for Bristol Council saying that there had been only one incident…

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