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The BBC’s 'War on Britain’s Roads': how should we respond?

Now that the programme has been broadcast - with some important edits compared with the preview version - Roger Geffen advises against simply venting anger and instead suggests some positive outcomes.
The BBC's 'War on Britain's Roads' programme

If you’ve now seen the broadcast of the 'War on Britain’s roads', it will doubtless be evident why my preview blog said I didn’t think it was entirely bad.  And at the same time, the worst of it was truly awful.

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BBC1 programme manufactures conflict between road users

Does the programme - War on Britain's Roads - present an unbalanced and sensationalist view of conditions on the road network? If you think so, complain to the BBC setting out the ways in which you feel it has misrepresented the situation.
Conflict on the road is exaggerated in BBC1's film

Last year Leopard Films - an independent film company - made contact with CTC asking for advice for a programme they were pitching to the BBC on the road safety of cyclists.

Roger Geffen has explained in detail how CTC provided them with information to support the film and sets out its worst aspects.

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War on Britain’s roads: myth or reality?

Ahead of BBC1's documentary 'The War on Britain's Roads', CTC's Roger Geffen previews the programme and urges cyclists to provide feedback. He asks you to listen out for the claim that "reported incidents [..are..] on the rise", and tell us what "incidents" you think they are referring to.
The BBC's 'War on Britain's Roads'

Debate about BBC1’s forthcoming programme 'War on Britain’s roads' has been sparked off several days ahead of its broadcast, thanks to Peter Walker of the Guardian.  He allowed CTC to view the film in advance, and then published our response last Saturday, as well as those of Ian Austin MP (one of t

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London Assembly demands better cycle infrastructure

The London Assembly Transport Committee is calling on the Mayor to provide much better facilities for cycling, hugely increase the budget, and set a higher target for cycle use.
Games lanes showed how space could be painlessly reallocated from motor traffic

At a time when cycle safety in London is deteriorating, even though cycling levels are increasing, the Committee's report has focused attention on improving the standard of design of facilities for cyclists, reducing the speed of traffic, and rolling out new cycle lanes along Go Dutch principles on London's busiest streets.

The report draws unfavourable comparisons with New York, where reallocation of road space has provided high quality cycling facilities. Cycle use has subsequently boomed while the risk of cycling has continued to fall.

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Open meeting with CPS on how they prosecute bad driving offences

Road crash victims' charity RoadPeace held a timely open meeting on Tuesday (13.11.12) about the Crown Prosecution Service's proposed new guidance on prosecuting bad driving offences. It was a powerful, emotive and well informed panel discussion, which the CPS will hopefully take heed of.
Crown Prosecution Service

The panel included RoadPeace's Director Amy Aeron-Thomas, Sally Cunningham (who is probably the leading academic researcher on this area of the law), Chris Hunt Cooke (who is Chairman of the Magistrates' Association's road traffic committee) and Lara Orija (the CPS's lead on road and traffic offences).

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Crown Prosecution needs to treat dangerous driving as dangerous

CTC has responded to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) guidance on prosecuting bad driving, calling for a more rigorous interpretation of the law as it stands - namely, that dangerous driving should be charged as such, not downgraded to careless driving.
Charges for motoring offences involving death have changed substantially

When you hear of a case of bad driving where you feel the driver has been 'let off' without significant punishment, it's pretty likely that the reason is in part because the CPS has chosen an offence which only carries a minor penalty.

Where death has resulted, the CPS has a range of offences it can choose from, from murder or gross negligence manslaughter to causing death by dangerous or careless driving. How it decides on which offence to choose depends on the circumstances - essentially the culpability of the driver.

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Wiggins hospitalised in crash with van

7 November 2012
Bradley Wiggins has broken ribs and suffered other, non-serious injuries, in a crash with a van in Wrightington, Lancashire, whilst out on a training ride. The driver offered the usual 'Sorry, mate I didn't see you,' excuse, as she hit Wiggins while exiting a petrol station.
Bradley Wiggins was injured in a crash with a van

The crash occurred on the A5209, Crow Orchard Road, very close to the junction with the M6, at around 6pm. This section of road carried over 12,000 motor vehicles a day in 2011, including 1,600 vans, but just a handful of cyclists.

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Which police force has seen the biggest drop in traffic policing?

Despite overall policing levels remaining constant, traffic police numbers fell by 29% over the last ten years. Using the Freedom of Information Act, CTC can reveal the force by force data, showing which policing area has seen the biggest decrease in traffic policing.
London maintains a squad of traffic police who use bikes

Last month CTC revealed data on traffic police levels in England and Wales requested on our behalf by Dr Julian Huppert MP, the joint chair of the All Party Cycling Group.

Now those national figures can be supplemented by local data, showing where the decline in road traffic policing has been greatest. 

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Government's response to Select Committee branded 'feeble' by CTC

CTC is urging Ministers to show much stronger leadership on encouraging more and safer cycling, after a lamentably weak response to the Commons Transport Select Committee’s inquiry earlier this year on road safety.
The Government's response to the Select Committee inquiry

CTC’s President Jon Snow was one of the witnesses at the inquiry in April this year, along with Times editor James Harding, and CTC’s Vice-President Josie Dew. He used the occasion to make a strong call for leadership on cycling and cycle safety, stressing that “Leadership means joined up Government with all departments working together to further cycling.”

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Call for justice review comes just as Crown Prosecution Guidance consults

This week British Cycling increased pressure on the Government to review the way criminal justice treats road crash victims, securing an agreement to meet and discuss the issue. Meanwhile the Crown Prosecution Service are consulting on their guidance for prosecuting bad driving.
Old Bailey

British Cycling have stepped up their campaign for a review of traffic justice, following high profile cases of injustice earlier this year. CTC joined in the campaign urging MPs to sign up to an Early Day Motion (EDM) demanding a review of road traffic justice.

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