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Cycle Campaign News June 2014

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CTC's Sentencing Debate, June 13 2014
Experts at CTC's Sententcing Debate consider the causes and cures for lenient penalties for road traffic offenders
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From the Editor

Road safety campaigners aren't the only people who think that the justice system is failing both to deter bad driving and to protect the public. It was clear from CTC's sentencing debate on 13th June that there are legal professionals who think very much the same (see headlines below).

Please support our Road Justice campaign by urging the Justice Minister to use the forthcoming review of offences and penalties to stop bad drivers from being treated so leniently - see 'Act now'.

Cherry Allan

CTC Campaigns

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Charging and Prosecution

(CTC Road Justice, supported by Slater and Gordon Lawyers)

Report arguing that poor charging and prosecution decisions made by the police and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) are failing to protect vulnerable road users by enabling bad drivers to return to the roads. Makes recommendations for improving charging and prosecution practice and includes case studies highlighting the current failures.

Courts and Sentencing

(CTC Road Justice, supported by Slater and Gordon Lawyers)

This report argues that the courts are treating bad driving far too leniently and issuing sentences that fail to discourage it. Makes recommendations for ameliorating this situation and includes case studies highlighting the current failures.

The above two reports follow ‘Road Justice: the role of the police’, which outlines how cuts to roads policing across England and Wales have had a detrimental effect on road safety.
 

Prevalence of prediabetes in England from 2003 to 2011: population-based, cross-sectional study

By Arch G Mainous III et al, published in BMJ

Paper giving the results of a study concluding that: "There has been a marked increase in the proportion of adults in England with pre-diabetes. The socio-economically deprived are at substantial risk. In the absence of concerted and effective efforts to reduce risk, the number of people with diabetes is likely to increase steeply in coming years."

Physical activity, including regular cycling, is known to help tackle diabetes. See CTC's campaigns briefing on health and cycling for more.

Lessons from the Green Lanes: Evaluating Protected Bike Lanes in the U.S.

(National Institute for Transportation and Communities)

Report presenting findings from research evaluating U.S. protected bicycle lanes in terms of their use, perception, benefits and impacts in Austin, Chicago, Portland, San Francisco and Washington. Well-illustrated and explained with charts, 'before and after' photos etc.

Suggests that physically protected cycle lanes help make cyclists feel more comfortable, boost cycle use and are well understood. In particular, survey data and observation showed that:

  • Ridership increased on all facilities after some kind of protection had been installed, ranging from +21% to +171%. 10% of current riders switched from other modes, 24% shifted from other cycle routes, and over a quarter were riding more in general because of the facilities.
  • There were no collisions or near-collisions over 144 hours of video review for safety at intersections, including 12,900 bicyclists.
  • While any type of buffer gives a considerable increase in self-reported comfort levels over a striped bike lane, designs with more physical separation had the highest scores. Interestingly, flexpost buffers (‘wands’) got very high ratings, even though they provide little actual physical protection from vehicle intrusions.

Commenting on the findings, CTC’s Campaigns Director said: “Introducing segregation on a particular route may result in significant increase in cyclists using that route, but the data suggests that initially this is mainly due to existing cyclists switching their route, rather than new cyclists who have switched their transport mode.

“Nonetheless, concentrating the cyclists gives the appearance that lots more people are taking up cycling. This in turn prompts people to think: 'lots of people are taking up cycling; it’s getting safer, so maybe I too should give it a go.' Moreover, this idea gathers strength as the cycle network grows and becomes more comprehensive.”
 

Liverpool Community Trust’s Cycle for Health: video

Enjoy an insight into the work of NHS Liverpool Community Trust’s Cycle for Health project in this new video.

The scheme helps people get back on their bikes, even if they haven’t cycled for a while. The 1.5 – 2 hour sessions are not only free of charge but also of motor traffic, taking participants out into the city’s green spaces and parks.

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