The latest Department for Transport road casualty statistics for 2012 have been released and it doesn’t make particular good reading for cyclists.
CTC, Britain’s main cycling campaigner, is asking cyclists to lobby Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) to make road safety a priority.
British Cycling, the governing body of cycling sport in the UK, is increasingly showing its political teeth on cycling policy issues. The organisation has been very visible in lobbying the government on road safety and cycle safety issues recently and is now spearheading a campaign to make the justice system fairer for cyclists and other road users who are hurt or seriously injured on the country’s roads by car and lorry drivers.
There is some good emerging from Scotland following a recent meeting over cycle safety in the country. Scottish Government Transport Minister Keith Brown has said his Government will support a range of pilot measures designed to protect cyclists on the roads to prevent future fatalities.
The relaxation of government bureaucracy to allow local councils flexibility to introduce 20mph zones in residential area bodes well for Bristol which under its Liberal Democrat run City Council plans to introduce a city wide scheme.
What a few weeks it has been for the issue of cyclist safety. Alongside The Times’ Cities fit for Cycling campaign and some of the positive momentum from it, we’ve had a raft of good news stories about cycle safety this week.
It has been a few days on since the launch of The Times “Cities Fit For Cyclists” campaign and there is no doubt that the campaign, unlike many before, has got overwhelming cyclist and public support through greatly increased awareness of the issue across print and online media. There has also been political momentum with cycling groups and the road safety lobby get their voices heard across to more people.
An update on a blog that we ran last year in relation to a private members bill in Parliament that sought to introduce a specific offence for causing death by dangerous cycling. It appears that the bill is doomed to failure after it failed to get a second reading in parliament.
Given the problems that London Cycling Campaign and other cycling campaigners are having with trying to convince Transport for London and Boris Johnson to make London’s roads safer for cycling it is great to see that at least one city is taking its responsibilities towards cyclists seriously.
The campaign to get London’s Mayor Boris Johnson and Transport for London to make cycling safety in the capital a matter of priority takes another step tomorrow with a vigil to remember the victims of all cycle deaths in London this year.