Going Going Bike

Feb 052013

CTC, Britain’s main cycling campaigner, is asking cyclists to lobby Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) to make road safety a priority.

Not all regions in England have elected PCCs, 42 were elected in November following elections. Of those 42, only made a manifesto pledge to make road safety a priority.

By the end of March 2013, all PCCs must produce a policing plan. There is currently a public consultation process going on that will inform areas that should be prioritised and the CTC want road safety to be at the top of the policing plan agenda.

The CTC is therefore urging cyclists to make road safety an issue with all the elected PPCs by writing letters to them and urging them to recognise that road safety is an area of concern for the public and write this into their policing plan.

The CTC has put together a standard letter that a cyclist can send to their local PCC. To access that letter, you need to fill a form on the CTC website. This form will take users to the letter and direct them to the most relevant PCC for their area based on the postcode given in the form.

Over 200,000 people were killed or injured on Britain’s roads in 2011. In the same year the number of people killed in road incidents rose for the first time in 8 years by 3% to 1,901. This is nearly four times the number of murders for the same period.

43,000 of those involved in road traffic incidents were admitted to hospital, 6000 more than the number of people admitted for injuries caused by assault. Pedestrians and cyclists are some of the most vulnerable road users and in 2011 the number of pedestrians killed increased by 12% and the number of cyclists seriously injured increased by 16%.

There are no PCCs in Scotland, Northern Ireland or London, so if you live in one of these places click here for information on how to contact the police to contribute to consultations.

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