‘Women and Cycling’ event


Last week we hosted a ‘Women and Cycling’ event. A packed room heard from 10 speakers in 2 hours.

Here are 2 reports from the event:




Click on these links to see the 10 presentations from the event:











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Investment in local roads should benefit cycling

The All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group welcomed the news from the Chancellor of the Exchequer that he has retained the ‘Cycle To Work’ scheme, and has called on the Department for Transport to build high quality cycle facilities with the £1.1 billion fund which has been allocated to upgrade local roads.

Ruth Cadbury MP (Lab, Brentford and Isleworth) said: “The large investment in local roads could see a revolution in cycling –  I hope that towns and cities across England will get the segregated facilities that are needed to increase our cycling rates to European levels”

Alex Chalk MP (Con, Cheltenham) said: “Retaining the Cycle to Work scheme is vital for encouraging commuting by bike. Millions of people have benefited from the scheme so far and I am delighted that this scheme will continue to support the growth in cycling.”


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‘Operation Close Pass’ presentation

Last week the West Midlands Police Traffic Unit were presented with an award in the House of Lords from the Road Danger Reduction Forum  for ‘Operation Close Pass’

Here are the slides of their presentation:operationclosepass



Dr Robert Davis (RDRF) and Lord Berkeley (APPCG) present the award to Pc Hodson and Pc Hudson.

Photo by Brenda Puech


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‘Near Miss Project’ findings

We were delighted to welcome Rachel Alrded to present her findings from the Near Miss Project

The slides from the presentation can be found here: aldred-nmp-oct_16

Some of the main findings:

  • Near misses are an everyday experience for cyclists in the UK.
  • Rates are similar for people living inside and outside London; they were higher during the morning peak. Rates were lower for those on touring weekend rides; but when incidents did happen they tended to be more serious.
  • Cycling speed is the main factor affecting near miss rates: those who reach their destination at an average speed of under 8 mph have around three times more near misses per mile compared to those who get there at 12 mph or faster.
  • Women, who on average cycle more slowly, have higher near miss rates than men.
  • Around one in four of all incidents were judged to be ‘ very scary’, with many – like some near left hook incidents – bearing similarities to incidents that have killed cyclists.
  • Cyclists felt they could do little to prevent most incidents, but most incidents were judged preventable.
  • Over half, suggested cyclists, could have been prevented by improvements to the road condition, layout, or route infrastructure. In particular, this meant separation from motorised traffic, followed by better repairs and maintenance to routes or infrastructure used by cyclists. Those cycling more slowly were more likely to suggest that separation would have helped prevent their incidents.
  • Over three-quarters of incidents could, suggested cyclists, have been prevented if other road users had behaved differently.
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Government drops draconian ‘personal injury claim’ proposals

The Ministry of Justice have dropped plans to raise the small claims limit to £5000. This would have affected cyclists, as many civil law claims are below this value.

Paul Kitson, personal injury lawyer with Slater + Gordon, Cycling UK`s lawyers, welcomes the news that the Govt is dropping its whiplash reform plans. “I believe that the plans were a knee jerk reaction to a small minority of fraudulent claimants. It would have been an injustice to deny innocent victims of bad drivers the right to claim damages for their injuries as a way to prevent fraudulent claims. I also have doubts that any savings would have been passed on to the consumers through lower premiums”.

More info here


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Dangerous lorries could be banned in London

The Mayor of London has announced that he will consult on banning HGVs without the latest technology on London’s streets from 2020.

Sadiq Khan wants to see a star rating based on the visability from the driver’s cab. Zero rated vehicles would be banned under the proposals and by 2024 HGVs would need to have three stars.

In the past two years HGVs were involved in 23% of pedestrian fatalities and 58% of cyclist deaths in London, despite accounting for just 4% of the miles driven in the city, the Mayor’s office said.

Some companies that use HGVs are already operating vehicles that would get three stars, and the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group supports this initiative which will make London’s roads safer for all road users.

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Cycling facilities requested for new train stations

The Chairs of the All Party Cycling Group have welcomed the £20 million allocated for new railway stations and have requested that adequate cycle facilities in sensible locations are installed.

They have written to the Rail Minister, Paul Maynard and to Network Rail to request this.

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