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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Evening ride to Richmond

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Sunset from Richmond Hill

Wednesday 21st June, on the Hottest June day for 40+ Years, and having missed ‘Bike Week’ due to an admin. mix up, (although you could argue it was the BW organisers who went early, missing Mid Summers day), 6 Cyclists left via Kingston Bridge, Bushy Park, Fulwell, River Crane path, Twickenham, Cole park, St. Margerets, Richmond Bridge to Richmond Hill for well earned refreshments at ‘the Roebuck’, also meeting many other familiar Faces, admiring a fantastic Sunset, then Richmond Park, with just a few Deer for company, ( & a few other Cyclists) to Kingston Gate, where everyone went there seperate ways. 12 Miles, 1 new Face, thanks to Ralph for Back marking.

Map :-www.bikemap.net/en/route/4064227

2 Part ride to Molesey & Twickenham

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River Ember path

Sunday 18th June. A bright & Sultry day saw 14 Cyclists ready for Part 1, leave via, Surbiton, Long Ditton, Hinchley Wood, (where the Leader had a visit from the ‘P Fairy’, swiftly repaired), Littleworth Common, Esher, to East Molesey for an early Lunch at ‘the Bell’, then Thames Ditton, Portsmouth Rd track to Kingston. Total 12 Miles, 1 Puncture.

Map :-www.plotaroute.com/route/439332

Part 2 Still quite Steamy we said farewell to 5, hello to 4, so 13 Cyclists, were ready for the off, (but 1st a faulty valve meant a Tube change), leave via Skerne Rd, Latchmere, Ham, Ham Gate of Richmond Park, to Petersham Gate, (where shortly after leaving the Park, 1 of our party helped a ‘Damsel in distress’, not of our party, replace a tube), Richmond, Richmond Bridge, Ducks Walk, where yet another visit from the P Fairy, (again swiftly fixed), Isleworth, Whitton, to Knellor Gardens for Tea & BP, then Twickenham, Teddington, Hampton Wick & Kingston Bridge to Kingston. Total 12 Miles, 1 Puncture. Thanks to Mick for Back marking (& Puncture repairs), many others for Marking corners, thanks to John for a superb Bread Pudding.

Map :-www.plotaroute.com/route/439337

Bread Pudding ride to Dulwich

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Brockwell Park Clocktower

Sunday 4th June. A mostly bright day saw 20 Cyclists leave via Lower Marsh, Berrylands, New Malden, Motspur park, Bushy Meads, Merton park, South Wimbledon, Colliers Wood, Tooting, Tooting Bec Common, Streatham Hill, Tulse Hill, Brockwell Park, to West Dulwich for lunch at ‘the Alleyns Head’ (where for some unexplained reason, no food could be served outdoors, so those wanting ‘Pub Grub’ ate indoors), then Dulwich Park, Greendale, Camberwell Grove, Peckham, Surrey Canal path, Burgess Park, Camberwell, Stockwell, to Clapham Common for Tea & BP, then shortly after leaving the Common, a momentary lapse in concentration by the leader led to a grazed Elbow, ;-( Wandsworth Common, Earlsfield, Wimbledon Park, Wimbledon Village, Copse Hill, Malden Golf course, Mount Pleasant, Norbiton to Kingston. Total 34 Miles, thanks to Bob & Mike for Back-marking duties, and others for corner marking, thanks to John for the Bread Pudding.

Map :-www.bikemap.net/en/route/4031518

Bread Pudding ride to Pyrford Lock

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Downside Green

Sunday 21st May. A bright Sunny day, with the ‘usual Leader’ having a day off, welcome a new Leader, Jon, with 21 Cyclists, leave via Eden St., Surbiton, Long Ditton, Giggshill Green, Weston Green, Esher, Walton on Thames, Thames Towpath to Weybridge, (where the BP man almost made a break for freedom), Brooklands community Park, Byfleet, Wey Navigation Canal Towpath to Pyrford Lock for lunch at ‘the Anchor’, then Wisley, Ockham, Martyr’s Green, Hatchford, Downside, Stoke D’Abernon, Cobham, Fairmile, Stokesheath, Claygate to Long Ditton for Tea & BP at ‘Squires Garden Centre’, then Seething Wells, Portsmouth Rd track to Kingston. Total 33 Miles, 1 new face. Thanks to Steve J for back marking, many others for marking corners & JD for the Bread Pudding, and special thanks to Jon for leading a novel route to a familiar destination.

Map :-www.bikemap.net/en/route/4005177

Evening ride to Hampton

Wednesday 17th May. A very wet Evening saw a surprising 7 Cyclists willing to brave the elements leave via Skerne Rd, Thames Path to Ham, Teddington Footbridge, Teddington, to Hampton for refreshments at ‘the Roebuck’, thankfully by the resumption the Rain had ceased, so a quick dash across Bushy Park to Hampton Wick & Kingston Bridge. Total 8 Miles. Thanks to John E for back marking.

Challenge ride to Chislehurst

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Jubilee Country Park

Sunday 7th May, A largely cloudy Morning saw 23 Cyclists remember the early start at New Malden, leaving via Motspur park, Cannons Hill, Morden, Morden Hall Park, Mitcham, Thornton Heath, Selhurst, South Norwood Park, Elmers End, Clock House, Cator Park, Beckenham, Sundridge, Elmstead to Chislehurst for lunch at the ‘Queens Head’, with a small group opting for the local Cafe, both with excellent service, then with brighter Skies & some Sunshine, Chislehurst Common, an almost missed turn to Jubilee Country Park, Southborough, Norman Park, Pickhurst, West Wickham, Spring park, Shirley, Addiscombe, Woodside, Selhurst (again), West Croydon to Wandle Park, for Tea & BP, then a short stretch of the Wandle trail, Beddington, Beddington Park, Hackbridge, Benhilton, Pylbrook path, Trafalgar path, a newly surfaced path to Sir Joseph Hood Park, Motspur Park to New Malden. Total 44 Miles, 3 new Faces. thanks to Steve for back marking, many others for marking corners, thanks to John for the Bread Pudding and special thanks to Mike for showing me most of this route. Also thanks to Tracey for the Photo.

Map :-www.bikemap.net/en/route/3982539

 

Bread pudding ride to Hanwell

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Near Hanwell Viaduct

Sunday 23rd April, a mostly bright St Georges day saw 25 Cyclists leave via Kingston Bridge, Church Grove path, Bushy Park, to Hampton, Fulwell, River Crane -just a trickle after a long dry spell -path, Whitton, Isleworth, Osterley, Osterley Park, Norwood green, Grand Union Canal towpath to Hanwell for lunch at the always fabulous Fox, then Hanwell, Churchfield Park, Drayton Green, West Ealing, Hanger Hill, West Acton, Acton Town, South Acton, Chiswick Park, Chiswick green, Grove Park, Chiswick Bridge, Mortlake, East Sheen to Palewell Common for Tea & BP and free Pizza for some, then Sheen gate Richmond Park, to Ham gate, Latchmere, to Kingston. Total 28 Miles, 1 new face.

Map :-www.bikemap.net/en/route/3961418

Bread Pudding ride to Wraysbury

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the ‘Clapper Statue’, Chertsey Bridge

Sunday 9th April, a Glorious warm & Sunny day saw 34 Cyclists, yes Thirty Four leave via Kingston Bridge, (where a jammed Chain caused a small delay), Bushy Park, Hampton, Hanworth, Feltham,  Bedfont, Stanwell, Stanwell Moor, Poyle to Wraysbury for a ‘Split lunch’ at the ‘Perseverance’ & the ‘George’, very good service at both establishments, afterwards, Hythe end, Staines, Staines Bridge, Egham Hythe, Thorpe, Chertsey, Chertsey Bridge, Shepperton, (where a broken Bottle of Mayonnaise, caused an unplanned dismount, but no lasting damage), Walton Bridge to an already busy ‘Gino’s’ for Tea & BP, then some ‘miscommunication’ led some to take the Towpath, Walton, Molesey, Thames Ditton route, while the main party, took the alternative Walton, Esher, Thames Ditton route, then Portsmouth Rd track to Kingston. Total 33 Miles, 5 new faces. Thanks to Bob for back-marking, & many others for marking corners, thanks to John for the Bread Pudding & thanks to Tracey for the Photo’s.

Map :-www.bikemap.net/en/route/3939898