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Second 'Get Britain Cycling' inquiry session deals with cycle safety

30 January 2013
After discussing the strategy for cycling in the first week, the second session of the Parliamentary 'Get Britain Cycling' inquiry, on the 30th January, was a more detailed examination of cycle safety issues.
20 mph is one of the easiest ways to improve safety for all road users

The inquiry panel wanted to hear evidence on how to tackle the actual and perceived cycle safety concerns which deter people from cycling.

Much of the session was taken up with discussion of issue of traffic law enforcement and the legal system's often inadequate response to road crashes.

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Crushing a cyclist with a lorry while on a mobile - is that really "careless" driving?

After a week in which we learnt of two disturbing acquittals for alleged driving offences, Roger Geffen reflects on a meeting with Justice Minister Helen Grant MP, and looks forward hopefully to action to address the legal system's compacent response to bad driving in 2013.
The Ministry of Justice

A couple of days ago, my colleague Rhia Weston responded to the two disturbing court verdicts announced last Friday (14th December 2012).

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Minister backs talks to improve traffic justice

CTC has welcomed a commitment from Helen Grant MP, the Minister for Courts and Victims, to support discussions on how to improve the legal system's response to road traffic offences.
Old Bailey - Scales of Justice

CTC's Campaigns & Policy Director Roger Geffen met Helen Grant, together with representatives of British Cycling and road crash victims charity RoadPeace, at the Ministry of Justice this morning. 

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Lenient sentencing is just the tip of the iceberg

As the Mary Bowers’ case demonstrates careless driving charges and small fines do not reflect the severity of crimes committed by bad drivers. Sentences, therefore, need to be harsher, but we must also be aware of the large number of collisions that do not even make it to court in the first place.
Stop SMIDSY campaign

The lorry driver who hit Mary Bowers in November last year as she waited at a traffic light in an advanced stop box was sentenced last Friday (14/12/12) to an eight month driving ban and a £2,700 fine. This sentence has been termed ‘insulting’ by Mary’s father, who would have preferred to see the driver convicted of dangerous rather than careless driving offence, correctly reflecting the danger of his actions.

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Lorry driver in Mary Bowers case receives ‘insulting’ £2,700 fine for careless driving

Lorry driver Petre Beiu, a Romanian national, was acquitted of the dangerous driving charge he received after hitting Mary Bowers as she commuted to work in November 2011. He was found guilty of the lesser charge of careless driving, for which he received a £2,700 fine and an 8 month driving ban.
Launch of The Times Cities fit for Cycling campaign

According to the London Evening Standard on hearing the sentence Mary Bowers’ father stated "I regard the sentence as a complete insult…inconceivable that a verdict other than dangerous driving was reached."

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The Lords debate cycling... and it doesn't descend into abuse!

Normally, each time the House of Lords holds a short debate on cycling, up get a troop of seasoned peers to condemn the behaviour of cyclists. But yesterday's debate was refreshingly light on anti-cyclist drivel and strong on good policy.
Lord Berkeley is Secretary to the APPCG and Vice-President of CTC

The debate was triggered by a question tabled by Lord Berkeley, the Secretary to the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group and a Vice-President of CTC, who'd asked us for ideas for a question.

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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.

Inspiring integrity

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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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