Report a near miss is an Avon and Somerset Constabulary initiative to enable the police to gather information so that they can focus their safety campaigns efficiently. It also educates drivers of motorised vehicles to allow enough space when overtaking cyclists. This follows on from the work carried out by other police forces including the West Midlands, who were the first police force to champion this, under their ‘Give Space, Be Safe’ campaign.
Although the Highway Code is very vague on the issue when it comes to overtaking cyclists with Rule 163 telling drivers to “give motorcyclists, cyclists and horse riders at least as much room as you would when overtaking a car” and Rule 212 stating “give them [cyclists] plenty of room” police forces are keen to educate drivers that they should leave at least 1.5 metres of space in order to safely overtake a cyclist.
Taunton Area Cycling Campaign is a voluntary group run by local residents with 500 members. Our aim is safer, better and more cycling in the Taunton Area. We are campaigning on a number of key areas:
integration into major new developments such as the North Taunton Development, Coal Orchard and Firepool;
improving design standards so that road and cycling infrastructure is designed in a way that it more user friendly;
seeking more investment, in the short term through Somerset County Council’s Small Improvement Scheme programme. We are seeking to work with the local authorities for a major scheme funding bid, in line with Taunton Garden Town aspirations;
promotion and updating the Taunton cycling and walking map.
We believe that, if you cycle in Taunton, you help create a BETTER environment, save time by making QUICKER journeys and you will be FITTER.
Can you help things improve next year? The 2018 results of the National Travel Survey and Active Lives Survey are out - and with 77% of people wanting better cycling infrastructure, we need to take action.
Cycling UK's Cherry Allan breaks down the stats: https://t.co/m9zdLJ7zjW
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