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.

See also:

Prudential RideLondonFreeCycle – check your bike!

repairing a puncture on the rideJoin our feeder ride tomorrow – bring the family along! And please make sure you’ve checked all the bikes in your party – see lcc.org.uk/articles/checking-your-bike if you need a quick refresher.

As with all our rides, remember to bring a spare inner tube too (there’s more useful  information about our rides at kingstoncyclecampaign.wordpress.com/rides-2/rides-calendar/#on-the-ride)

Consultations open until 18 July 2016

Kingston Council have four Mini-Holland consultations open until 18 July 2016  – see

http://consult.kingston.gov.uk/portal/planning/go/consultations_summer_2016/

These schemes need real improvement  so we’re asking you to respond to all four, calling for the routes to be completed and for cycles to be separated from both motors and pedestrians.  We have suggested responses at:

kingstoncyclecampaign.wordpress.com/2016/06/30/suggested-response-to-mini-holland-consultations-july-2016/

And please feel free to join in our discussion on Cyclescape:

http://kingston.cyclescape.org/

Suggested response to Mini Holland Consultations July 2016

Kingston Council have four consultations open until 18 July 2016 on their Go Cycle or Go Programme (previously Mini Holland).

http://consult.kingston.gov.uk/portal/planning/go/consultations_summer_2016/

The schemes need real improvement. So please complete all four and call for the routes to be completed and cycles to be separated from both motors and pedestrians.

These are our brief suggested responses which please feel free to use as the basis for your own responses. Do complete the “comments” sections – the questions asked are closed and will not allow you to seek what cyclists really want.
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Mayoral Debate – Friday 29 April

Final hustings of the mayoral campaign

The Mayoral Debate 29 AprilNick and Ruth from KCC were in a packed audience at the cycling (and transport) hustings held at The News Building this morning. You may have already seen our tweets at #asklondonmayor and now you can watch the debate on Facebook.

The Deputy Editor of The Times, Emma Tucker, chaired a panel featuring most of the main candidates: Sian Berry (SB), Zac Goldsmith (ZG), Sadiq Khan (SK), Caroline Pigeon (CP), Sophie Walker (SW) – all of whom have signed for cycling – and Peter Whittle (PW). George Galloway has also signed for cycling, unfortunately he couldn’t be there.

After introductions the candidates were asked to outline their solutions – see the LCC website for these and their answers to questions submitted at the door and from the floor and the Chair posed some direct questions which only needed simple answers:
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Signing for Cycling – Surbiton Station

Surbiton Station

Surbiton Station

Kingston Cycling Campaign was at Surbiton Station’s bike stands this evening (18 April).

Campaigners were talking to commuters about the need to encourage more journeys to be made by bike, and how to encourage this by creating safe space for cycling  and tackling lorry danger.

They were also gathering signatures for Sign for Cycling and handing out free saddle covers and “ass saver” mudguards.

If you want to sign the petition please go to signforcycling.org

 

Sign for Cycling

SignForCycling Flyering Events Cover PhotoLondon elects its next Mayor on 5 May. London Cycling Campaign has launched its biggest campaign yet, Sign for Cycling.

London stands at a crossroads; population levels are rising, our streets and public transport are getting busier, and our air is dangerously polluted. The only way forward is to get more people out of motor vehicles and into cycling and walking. The only ways to do this are to create safe space for cycling, to encourage more journeys to be made by bike, and to tackle lorry danger.

You can tell the Mayoral candidates that you want a city that really is healthier, greener and easier to get about. Imagine a better London! Please sign the petition today at signforcycling.org

Get involved locally

You can get involved in helping to spread the message in Kingston-upon-Thames, for example by helping us hand out leaflets, tag bikes, or collect petition signatures. Find out more about supporting the campaign at signforcycling.org/#getInvolved or contact us.