Reporting dangerous driving

There is a glut of internet items about how some cyclists feel pushed into retaliating in the face of dangerous, reckless or simply poor driving.  Kingston Cycling Campaign does not condone this response.

When I reported an aggressive driver a few weeks ago the duty officer confirmed that you should always report  such incidents, preferably with the vehicle number as well as the location and a description. Chances are, this information could be useful in other investigations too. The Crown Prosecution Service has a fact sheet outlining their definitions of dangerous and reckless driving: www.cps.gov.uk/news/fact_sheets/dangerous_driving/

They say:

A person drives dangerously when:

  • the way they drive falls far below the minimum acceptable standard expected of a competent and careful driver; and
  • it would be obvious to a competent and careful driver that driving in that way would be dangerous

Clearly this includes:

  • driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
  • street racing
  • a  vehicle with a dangerous fault or an unsafe load
  • driving into street furniture
  • driving the wrong way on a fast road (motorway or dual carriageway)
  • mounting a heavily-pedestrianised pavement

For non-emergencies (such as reporting a reckless driver from the comfort of your sofa) call 101. However if you feel intimated enough to wish to remain anonymous you can report dangerous driving on RoadSafe London: content.met.police.uk/Site/roadsafelondon/

London Cycling Campaign also offer advice on reporting incidents with taxis, buses and lorries.

In the week that Christopher Gard was jailed for texting while driving at 65 mph and killing a cyclist taking part in an organised event, there was a discussion on ‘Death by Dangerous Driving’ on the Today programme on Radio 4 (now on iPlayer). Gard had been convicted of using his phone at least six times prior to this.

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Christmas ride to Thames Ditton

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Bonesgate Path, Ewell

Sunday 10th December. A cold, nay Freezing, wet day, with occasional patches of Slush under Tyre or foot, saw 10 Cyclists brave enough to leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Malden Manor, Worcester park, West Ewell, Bonesgate path, Chessington, (now ahead of Schedule, after earlier taking a short cut), Claygate, Hinchley Wood to Thames Ditton for a very welcome lunch at ‘the Angel Inn’, (with very heavy snow now falling outside, we were also joined by 10 other Cyclists, who didn’t brave the wintery conditions). After Bai said a few words thanking our Leader(s) for the Rides this Year, also thanks to John D & Derek for all the Bread Puddings throughout the Year, Roger then said thank-you to all the ‘Support Riders, be they Back Marker, Corner Marker, Ride Leader or even E Bike carrier, (down the stairs at Brondesbury Park Station), a new award for ‘Ride Supporter’ of the Year was given to John E for all his Back marking on Rides over the Year. With many deciding to head for Home, 4 Cyclists continued via Weston Green, East Molesey, Hampton Court Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton Hill to Fulwell for Tea & Cookies with Mince Pies, then Teddington, Hampton Wick & Kingston Bridge. Total 21 Miles, 1 new face, thanks to Jon W for back marking, also thanks to John E and Steve & Therese for the Mince Pies, thanks to Roger for the Cookies.

Map :-www.plotaroute.com/route/527788

2 part Bread pudding ride to Twickenham & Nonsuch Park

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Roy Grove tribute to General Roy, Hampton

Sunday 26th November, part 1. A bright but cold day saw 17 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, ( including a small detour to avoid the fun runners, -unsuccessfully), Hampton, pausing briefly to visit the site of  a tribute to ‘General Roy’, Grandfather of Ordnance Survey Maps, Hanworth, -where a visit from the ‘P fairy’, caused a small delay-, Hanworth Park, River Crane Path, to Twickenham, for lunch at the ‘Prince Blucher’, then Strawberry Hill, Teddington, a very congested Hampton Wick, Kingston Bridge. Total 13 Miles, 1 new Face, 1 ‘P’.

Map :-www.plotaroute.com/route/528789

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Horton Country Park, (look carefully, very distant Llama’s)

Part 2. Saying farewell to 9 people, & welcoming 4 fresh faces…., plus 1 late arrival, 13 Cyclists, left a very hectic Market place, via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, Tolworth, a partially closed Greenway, :-(, Bonesgate stream Path, Horton Country Park, West Ewell, Ewell East to Nonsuch Park for Tea & BP, then Worcester Park, Old & New Malden, Berrylands, Lower Marsh to Kingston. 16 Miles, Total 29 Miles, 2 new Faces. Thanks to Mike for Back marking both Rides, many others for corner marking & thanks to Derek for the Bread Pudding

Map :-www.plotaroute.com/route/528794

Bread Pudding ride to Effingham

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the Sir Douglas Haig Pub Garden

Sunday 12th November, a bright but chilly day saw 26 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, pausing for the ‘2 minute silence’, to remember the fallen Tolworth Greenway, West Ewell, Clarendon Park, Ashtead Common, Leatherhead, Fetcham, Bookham, to Effingham for lunch at ‘the Sir Douglas Haig’, with estimates of 45 Mins. to an Hour predicted for Food, some elected to make do with Crisps, while others where willing to wait, for most people food arrived 30 to 40 minutes after ordering, then Effingham Junction, Martyr’s Green, Hatchford, Cobham, Fairmile, Portsmouth Rd to Claremont Gardens -with reduced Cycle Parking 😦 – for Tea & BP, then Esher, Littleworth, Hinchley Wood, Long Ditton, Surbiton to Kingston. Total 28 Miles, 2 new Faces, Thanks once again to John E for back marking & Chain remounting, many others for corner marking, and special thanks to Derek for the Bread Pudding.

Map :-www.plotaroute.com/route/523447

Bread Pudding ride to Send Marsh

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Brooklands Park, near what’s left of the Banking from the the original course

Sunday 22nd October, A mostly bright day, with a strong (at times very strong) Headwind, saw 27 Cyclists leave via the Portsmouth Rd Track, Thames Ditton, Hinchley Wood, Esher, Fairmile, Cobham, Hatchford, Ockham, to Send Marsh for lunch at the ‘Saddlers arms’, then Newark, Pyrford, West Byfleet, Byfleet, Brooklands Community Park, Weybridge, Burwood Park, to Hersham Garden centre, for Tea & BP, then Hersham, Walton, Esher, Weston Green, Giggshill Green, Portsmouth Rd to Kingston. Total 32 Miles, 7 new faces, thanks to Jon & Mike for back marking & many others for corner marking.

Map :-www.bikemap.net/en/route/4241857

Challenge ride to Dorney

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Virginia Water, Windsor great Park

Sunday 8th October, a mostly bright day saw 25 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Hampton, Hanworth, Feltham, East Bedfont, Stanwell, Stanwellmoor, Poyle, Horton, Datchet, Jubilee River path, (with many runners enjoying the Windsor Marathon), to Dorney for lunch at the ‘Pineapple’, sadly a very long 1.5 Hour wait for the food, together with malfunctioning gents loo mean it’s very unlikely we’ll be back anytime soon, so a delayed departure via the footbridge to Monkey Island, Fifield, Cranbourne, Woodside, Cheapside, Blacknest gate of Windsor great Park, to Virginia Water Cafe for an earlier than planned Tea & BP, then Virginia Water village, Lyne, Addlestone, Victory Park, Weybridge, Weybridge Park, Oatlands, Walton on Thames, Esher, Weston Green, Giggshill Green, Portsmouth Rd track to Kingston. Total 48 Miles, thanks to John E once again for back marking & many others for corner marking and thanks to John D for the Bread Pudding.

Map :-www.bikemap.net/en/route/4229520

2 part ride to Chessington & Molesey

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Cheam Park

Sunday 24th September, Part 1. A bright Sunny day saw 20 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Motspur park, Joseph Hood Park, North Cheam, Cheam Park, Nonsuch Park busy with ‘Poppy Walkers’, & Joggers, Stoneleigh, West Ewell, Horton Country Park to Chessington for Lunch at the ‘William Bourne’, then the Bonesgate Path, Tolworth, Surbiton to Kingston. Sub total 17 Miles, 4 new faces, thanks to Jon W for back marking & others for marking corners.

Map :-www.bikemap.net/en/route/4216294

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Sunbury Lock

Part 2. With increasing Cloud, we said farewell to 12 and hello to 5, fresh faces so 13 Cyclists left via the Portsmouth Rd track, Giggshill Green, Weston Green, Esher, Walton on Thames, Ashley Park, (with 1 very annoyed Motorist), Thames Towpath, to Molesey for Tea & BP at Molesey Cricket Club, more Towpath, a very congested Hampton Court Bridge, Bushy Park, Kingston Bridge, to Kingston.  Sub total 15Miles, Total for the day, 32 Miles, 2 new Faces, thanks to Derek for back marking & many others for marking corners, also thanks to John for the Bread Pudding.

Map :-www.bikemap.net/en/route/4216449

Bread pudding ride to Knaphill

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Homewood Park, Chertsey Credit T. Coles

Sunday 10th September. A bright morning, with some light drizzle, and some gusty Wind later in the day, saw 20 Cyclists leave via the Portsmouth Rd track, Long Ditton, Giggshill Green, Weston Green, Esher, Walton park, Walton on Thames, Weybridge, Brooklands Park, Byfleet, Wey Navigation, Pyrford, Woking, Goldsworth Park, -where our Leader claims he was distracted by a ‘lost sheep’, who wasn’t really lost at all, but in truth he should have been paying more attention-, 2 yes two wrong cul-de-sac’s, before the right path was found to Knaphill for lunch at ‘the Royal Oak’, with a slight delay for some of the grub, then Chobham, Dunstall green, where a large Pothole, caused a visit from the ‘P fairy’, Homewood Park, Bretlands, Addlestone & Victory Park, Portmore Park to Walton Bridge for Tea & BP at Gino’s, then Walton , Molesey, Thames Ditton Portsmouth Rd track to Kingston. Total 40 Miles, 1 new face. Thanks to John E for back marking duties, & others, especially Jon W for marking corners, thanks also to John D for the Bread Pudding.

Alas the Camera failed to record the picture from Homewood Park. Thanks to Tracey for her Photo’s.

Map :-www.bikemap.net/en/route/4202340

Evening ride to Twickenham

Wednesday 6th September, a largely bright Evening saw 12 Cyclists leave passing the Road closure at Skerne Rd, to the Aerospace estate, Ham, Ham House, Thames towpath, Richmond, Richmond Bridge, St Margerets, to Twickenham, (including another Road closure), for refreshments at the ‘Sussex arms’, then Strawberry Hill, Teddington, Hampton Wick & Kingston Bridge. Total 11 Miles, 1 new Face. Thanks to John E & Jon W for back marking duties.

Map :- www.plotaroute.com/route/104123

Bread pudding ride to Englefield Green

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Staines Riverside, with Statue of the ‘Swan Master’

A mostly bright day, with increasing cloud in the afternoon, saw 22 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, (& a 10Km ‘fun run’), Hampton, Hanworth, lower Feltham, Ashford, Knowle Green, Staines, Staines Bridge, -with an advance party missing a turn-, (me thinks the leader forgot to forewarn them), Egham, to Englefield Green for lunch at the ‘Barley Mow’, (with a somewhat confusing ordering & payment system :-p), then Bishopsgate of Windsor great Park, Savill Garden, Virginia Water lake, Virginia Water village, Lyne, St Ann’s Hill, Chertsey, -with a missing Footbridge causing a small detour-, Chertsey Mead, Chertsey Bridge, Shepperton, to Upper Haliford for Tea & BP at Squires Garden centre, then Sunbury, Hampton, Dukes Head gate of Bushy Park, to Church grove, Kingston Bridge. Total 35 Miles, 3 new Faces. Thanks to Steve D & Mike for sharing the Back marking duties, thanks as always to John for the Bread Pudding.

Map :-www.bikemap.net/en/route/4171961

Evening ride to Ewell

Wednesday 16th August, a bright Evening saw 9 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, where a touch of Wheels led to a slip for the Leader,( but no injuries), New Malden, Malden Manor, with a pause to inflate a rear Tyre, Worcester park, (with a missed turn leading to a long forgotten path), Stoneleigh, Nonsuch Park, East Ewell, to Ewell Village for refreshments at ‘the Wheatsheaf’, then Hogsmill path, West Ewell, Tolworth, Berrylands, the Bittoms to Kingston. Total 15 Miles. Thanks to Jon for Back marking duties.

Map:- www.plotaroute.com/route/478923