Safe Drivers and Vehicles

Cyclist and pedestrian sharing space
Pedestrians - 1 Nov 2016 - Campaigning Views
Even in crowded conditions, cyclists are perfectly able to mix harmoniously with pedestrians and, contrary to popular belief, they are not a major danger to them.

 
 
Picture of City of London Magstrates Court
Why bother with facts when you can rely on prejudice and teach that behaviour to others? This week's lesson from a London Magistrate is that people don't like cyclists, your held in low esteem, and you really must do something to repair your reputation. Good to hear there's no bicycle bias on the Bench!

 
 
A cyclist in Leeds
While road users in general can take at least some comfort from the latest published figures for reported road casualties in Great Britain, there’s a distinct lack of reassuring news for cyclists. Cycling UK's Cherry Allan examines and explains the numbers.

 
 
Michaal Mason and his daughter Anna Tatton-Brown
Gail Purcell (58) of Colney Street, St Albans, today (11 October) appeared at the Old Bailey for the second hearing into the offence of causing death by careless driving contrary to section 2B of the Road Traffic Act 1988.

 
 
Rainbow over a football field as children play football
Does it take the tragic death of a 15-year-old schoolboy for Lancashire Police to finally take hit-and-run collisions with cyclists seriously, or will they continue to say "there's only so much we can do"? Is it because it's only a cyclist, or just that road crime isn't treated as real crime in Preston, and is nowhere on their list of priorities as traffic officer numbers are slashed again?

 
 
Opening shot of "Hang Back" campaign
DfT's 'hang back messaging' in its latest Think campaign video was flawed from the outset, says the UK's national cycling charity. So now it's time to take action and fill those inboxes with a call to drop the campaign. Maybe we can help them fill that hole that they keep on digging?

 
 
Ministry of Justice
After two years where nothing has happened, with the Government’s long awaited motoring offences and penalties review stalled in first gear, we might at last have some answers about what it will look at, and a date for its publication.

 
 
Direct vision lorry
Cycling UK has today (Friday, 30 September 2016) announced its delight at London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s promise “to ensure the most dangerous zero star-rated lorries are removed from our road”.

 
 
Still from THINK campaign "Hang Back"
THINK before you blame the victim - 26 Sep 2016 - News
'Hang Back' from lorries is this morning's message from the DfT to cyclists. No mention on safer direct vision lorries, better infrastructure, driver responsibility or lorry restrictions. Just a message to cyclists about what they need to do to avoid being killed. Oh dear - perhaps the DfT should have looked and listened first.

 
 
Michael Mason with his daughter Anna Tatton-Brown
Gail Purcell (58) of Colney Street, St Albans, the driver involved in the death of cyclist Mick Mason, received a summons on Saturday (6 August) to attend Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 6 September 2016 for the offence of causing death by careless driving contrary to section 2B of the Road Traffic Act 1988. This case was brought forward as a private prosecution by Cycling UK’s CDF.

 
 
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