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Notes from the LibDem conference fringe

Earlier this week I spoke at two fringe events at the LibDem conference. The first was also addressed by Julian Huppert MP, co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group, the second by cycling minister Norman Baker. Both set out their stall as highly impressive advocates for cycling.
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The first meeting was hosted by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) together with the Times newspaper and chaired by their transport correspondent Philip Pank, one of the journalists behind the paper's inspirational Cities fit for cycling campaign.

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Detailed 2011 casualty figures reveal areas for concern

The detailed data for the 2011 casualty figures have been published by the Department for Transport, revealing where the worrying rise in casualties - first announced earlier in the year - is happening, and to whom.
Who is getting injured, and how?

Earlier in the year headline figures showed that cycling serious injuries were up by 16% in one year, yet cycling levels remained broadly similar to the year before.

At the time CTC's analysis suggested that some of the cycle use that had been suppressed the previous year (by cold weather) may lie behind the huge increase in cycle casualties.

Now the more detailed data on where, when, to whom and with whom crashes occurred, has been published.

So what else do these new figures tell us?

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Government THINK! cycling campaign misses the bigger picture

20 September 2012
A new government advertising campaign on cycle safety has been launched, although with just £80,000 behind it, it's unlikely to have any discernable effect on driver behaviour. Worse still, the campaign includes some poor advice to drivers on overtaking.
The cycling safety campaign emphasises similarities between cyclists and drivers

The campaign's main image shows twins, one of whom has a bike, the other a car. The message "drivers and cyclists are more alike than you think" aims to break down the feelings of animosity and is backed up by the figures which show that cyclists are just as likely to be car drivers than non-cyclists.

The message that road users should look out for one another is sensible, and welcome, but misses the point that the vast majority of cyclist injuries in crashes with cars are blamed by police on drivers, not cyclists.

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Tell your MP that the criminal justice system isn't working

For the last few years CTC's Stop SMIDSY project has recorded the inadequacies in the way the criminal justice system treats cyclists who have been involved in road crashes. CTC is now working with British Cycling and other organisations to call for a review of all aspects of the current system.
Police enforcement is the first stage in effective criminal justice

CTC is joining British Cycling to support the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group Julian Huppert MP's Early Day Motion 407, which calls on the Ministry of Justice to review the way the criminal justice system operates.

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Traffic police numbers fall 29% in 10 years

7 September 2012
Traffic police are crucial to ensuring that road traffic law is enforced and illegal driving is minimised. Unfortunately figures obtained by the chair of the All Party Cycling Group, Julian Huppert MP, reveal that the number of police has collapsed in the last decade.
Traffic police have become a rare sight on Britain's roads

Having heard from various sources about the collapse in traffic police levels in various police forces, CTC asked Julian Huppert MP whether he would investigate through a Parliamentary Question.

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EU-wide comparison shows GB has poor cycle use and cyclist safety, but we measure this superbly!

A new EU-wide comparison of cyclists' safety shows that Britain is among the top countries for measuring cycling . Now we need to make much better use of this information to substantially boost cycle use and improve cyclists' safety.
Cycle counter on the Camel Trail, Cornwall (photo CTC, © Dep't for Transport)

A few days ago I was welcoming new figures now being collected by the Government, through Sport England's Active People Survey, which shows levels of regular and occasional cycle use at a local level.

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Hit-and-run drink-driver who ended cyclist's paralympic dream receives 18-month sentence

A hit-and-run drink-driver who ended a medal-winning disabled cyclist’s Paralympic dream has received an 18-month prison sentence. Simon Richardson, already disabled after a cycling collision with a car, had won medals in Beijing and was training for the London Paralympics when the crash happened.
Cardiff Crown Court, where driver Edward Adams was jailed. Photo: matthewgriff

The 44-year-old cyclist from Porthcawl was riding on the A48 near Bridgend – a road known locally as Crack Hill – when he was hit by a car driven by Edward Adams, 61, from Cowbridge.

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Police officer convicted of dangerous driving which left cycling musician seriously injured

A police officer has been convicted of dangerous driving following a collision in east London which has left a cyclist with serious injuries and possibly permanent brain-damage. Songwriter Pepe Belmonte was about to launch his first album, but has since had to relearn to walk and play the guitar.
Pepe Delmonte (photo: J Mark Dodds, Creative Commons)

Before the trial, British Transport Police officer David Lynch (31) had pleaded guilty to careless driving but denied the more serious offence of dangerous driving.

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CTC says latest road safety figures are a wake-up call to Government

16 August 2012
New quarterly road casualty figures reinforce the bad news of other similar figures from recent months, not just for cyclists but for motorcyclists and pedestrians too. However, without quarterly data on cycle use, the change in level of risk is unknown.
Tackling major roads and junctions as well as road user behaviour is required

Recent figures had previously showed a 16% rise in serious cyclist injuries in 2011 compared with 2010. These new figures now roll the time-period by just 3 months, so to a large extent they simply reiterate the earlier bad news.

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20 mph casualty figures - another failure to properly evaluate risk

The number of road casualties on streets with 20 mph limits have increased by a quarter in one year. Unfortunately those figures fail to take into account the change in the number of 20 mph streets, which have been increasing steadily, particularly in the last year.
20 mph limits - are they really less safe?

In July the Department for Transport published its annual report of road casualties, which revealed startling increases in casualties amongst all road users, including serious injuries to cyclists and pedestrian fatalities.

Buried in that report was a table that revealed the numbers of casualties that occurred on roads subject to different speed limits. Apparently serious injuries on 20 mph streets rose 35%, while all crashes increased 25%.

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