‘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 incidentscould, 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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AGM Minutes

Wednesday 20th July 2016 09:30

Room O, Portcullis House

1.         Attendees – Lord Berkeley, Baroness Barker, Ruth Cadbury MP, Alex Chalk MP, Fabian Hamilton MP, Meg Hillier MP, Lord Young, Adam Coffman (Secretariat and minute taker)

Apologies –  Ian Austin MP, Steve Brine MP, Lord Haskel, Bernard Jenkin MP, Caroline Lucas MP, Catherine West MP, Philippa Whitford MP, Sarah Wollaston MP,

2.         Elections of Officers:

Co-chairs – Ruth Cadbury MP and Alex Chalk MP

Secretary – Lord Young of Norwood Green

Treasurer – Fabian Hamilton MP

Patrons – Ian Austin MP and Ben Bradshaw MP

Officers – Lord Berkeley, Baroness Barker, Meg Hillier MP,  Sarah Wollaston MP

3     Funding tiers for Associate Members for 2016/2017.  A preliminary discussion was had about this issue, but it was decided to convene a meeting of the Committee in September to finalise the tiers.

4     Future activities of the group – study tour, mini-inquiry, meetings  The Study Tour to Manchester has been confirmed for the 23rd September.

The Secretariat to explore the possibility of an inquiry into the justice received for people who have been killed or seriously injured, whilst cycling.

Meetings to be arranged:

– Potential funders

– Annual Policy meeting with funders

– Women and cycling

– A trade event to promote the success of British made cycles, and cycle related products

5     AOB  Alex Chalk requested that we mark Lord Berekley’s exceptional contribution to this group as Secretary for the last 10 years.

Letters to Patrick McLoughlin and Robert Goodwill to thank them for supporting the group whilst they were Ministers at the DfT and to Andrew Jones who is the new Minister responsible for cycling. A meeting with Andrew Jones should be requested for the autumn.

Letter from the Chairs and other committee members to Chris Boardman, sending condolences following the death of his mother.

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Stuck in first gear – the Government’s Cycling Revolution

Parliamentarians call for more investment and more ambitious cycling targets

A report on the current state of cycling in Britain calls for 10 per cent of all journeys in Britain to be by bike by 2025 and a minimum investment of £10 per person per year, rising to £20 per person.

The report of the influential All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG) also calls for a commitment to improve enforcement of traffic laws.

The group’s report, published today (8th June) follows an evidence session in May with the Minister for cycling, and representatives from cycling organisations and business.

The Prime Minister expressed his intention to start a “cycling revolution which will remove the barriers for a new generation of cyclists” in August 2013, following the publication of the APPCG’s ‘Get Britain Cycling’ report.

The APPCG’s recent evidence session and subsequent report, examined the extent to which the Government’s draft Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy (CWIS) will be the catalyst to start the revolution.

The APPCG’s Recommendations to strengthen the CWIS are:

  • Strong ambition to see a cycling revolution
  • Greater investment in cycling
  • Clear direction that cycling is a national priority
  • Robust measures to gauge progress nationally and locally
  • Improving quality of cycle infrastructure design
  • Deregulation of street design
  • An updated Highway Code
  • Action to improve enforcement of traffic laws

Alex Chalk, MP for Cheltenham (Con) and Co-Chair of the group, said: ‘Cycling has huge advantages – it is healthy, efficient, reliable, green and fun. When more people cycle, society benefits.’

‘It is high time we kick-started a true cycling revolution, one that reaches beyond the lycra brigade and benefits all parts of society – particularly women and children.’

Ruth Cadbury, MP for Brentford and Isleworth (Lab) and Co-Chair of the group said: ‘The real test of whether something is taken seriously in Government is who leads on it – and that means the Prime Minister has to take that lead and follow through on his pledge to create a cycling revolution’

‘We can achieve similar levels of cycling to our European neighbours, if there is the political will up and down the country to do this. There are good examples of better conditions for cycling around the country, but it must not be a postcode lottery’




Ruth Cadbury MP & Alex Chalk MP


APPCG Inquiry – Stuck in first gear – the Government’s Cycling Revolution

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Government cycling strategy to undergo Parliamentary inquiry

 An all-party group of Parliamentarians will hold an inquiry into the Government’s commitment to cycling in Westminster on Monday (23rd May). The inquiry will take evidence from the Transport Minister Robert Goodwill MP, Olympic gold medalist Chris Boardman as well as cycling organisations and transport experts on recent government proposals outlined in their consultation for the ‘Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy’, which closes on Monday 23 May.

 The last APPCG last inquiry in March 2013 resulted in the ‘Get Britain Cycling’ report with 18 recommendations to improve cycling. This inquiry led to a debate in the House of Commons with over 100 cross-party MPs attending and supporting the recommendations. Following this activity, the Prime Minister announced a ‘cycling revolution’ in August 2013, funding of £10 per head was announced for 8 cycling cities in November 2014, and the first Cycling and Walking Investment Strategy was announced as part of the Infrastructure Act in January 2015.


 Ruth Cadbury MP (Brentford and Isleworth, Lab) said: “The Cycling and Walking Strategy is a first for Government, so it is to be welcomed and deserves proper scrutiny. Our inquiry will seek to be assured that the Government is able to meet its laudable aim of making cycling “the natural choice for shorter journeys or as part of a longer journey”.

“We will want to establish if the Government’s proposed funding of £300m is enough to meet their targets for greater rates cycling in the UK.

 Alex Chalk MP (Cheltenham, Con) said: “Last time the All Party Cycling Group held an inquiry it drew significant cross party interest and sparked the beginning of a ‘cycling revolution’.”

“This inquiry is to make sure that revolution hasn’t gone flat. We know there is overwhelming cross-party agreement to promote cycling – and we believe that Government should do it all can to promote and support a sustainable form of transport, that relieves congestion, addresses climate change and health issues, whilst at the same time making a valuable contribution to the local economy.”

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