Cyclist crackdown got results

Cyclist crackdown got results

Cyclist crackdown got results

First published in Your Views

As a borough representative on the London Road Safety Council, London’s longest established road safety organisation, I attended last week our quarterly meeting, at which we considered the impact of the Metropolitan Police’s road safety campaign, Operation Safeway.

Since this major campaign began on November 25, more than 4,000 fixed penalty notices have been handed out to riders for offences such as cycling on pavements, jumping red lights and not having lights after dark and more than 10,000 drivers have been fined for offences such as jumping red lights and using a mobile phone while driving.

The observation of the police is that since the campaign began they are handing out fewer penalties and it is the view of the London Road Safety Council too that this blitz on improving the behaviour of London’s road users is having a good effect.

Normally on my journey up to the City to attend these meetings, it has sadly been my experience to witness at least three or more incidences of extremely dangerous traffic signal violations and near-misses of pedestrians by thoughtless cyclists, many of whom risk potentially fatal injuries through not wearing a safety helmet.

On my journey last week, following operation Safeway, I was pleasantly surprised that not one incident was spotted or recorded on my in-car automatic camera, which fact I reported to the London Road Safety Council meeting.

On a less hopeful note, this situation did not hold out for the rest of the day, as on re-entering Waltham Forest, two such violations occurred.

I hope that citizens of Waltham Forest, and in particular friends and constituents in Chingford, will resolve to take care on our roads and avoid danger to themselves and heartache for families suffering the loss of a loved one through lack of care on the road.

Road safety is a matter dear to me and as we start a new year, I express my hope that 2014 sees a good improvement in the borough’s road safety record and that the encouraging impact of Operation Safeway endures.

Geoff Walker, Member for Hatch Lane, Waltham Forest Council.

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11:18am Fri 24 Jan 14

coshgirl66 says...

Geoff, while the crackdown was a good idea, I believe the police were wrong to disproportionately target cyclists. The real threat on our roads comes from dangerous drivers, not people on bikes. Every day there are around 7 incidents where motorists 'hit & run' vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists. As someone who has ridden a bike for over 40 years, 26 of them in the streets of central London, I can tell you that driving standards and behaviour have worsened over the years. Many motorists treat cyclists with little or no respect, pulling out without looking, opening car doors without checking and passing too closely, speeding and generally using their vehicles to intimidate. I also see legions of drivers on their mobile phones every single day, yet have never seen a motorist pulled over for this offence. What is the point of having a law against mobile phone use in cars if it is not enforced? Finally, you are completely wrong on cycle helmets. They are designed for low speed, low impact collisions of less than 12mph and offer zero protection in collisions with motor vehicles. If you really want to make the streets safer for cyclists, you should be campaigning for proper segregated space for people to cycle on. Instead Waltham Forest council seems to be busy making conditions for people on bikes even worse by ridiculous pavement widening schemes, removing cycle lanes, narrowing roads and installing parking bays directly next to where cyclists are passing (see the works on Lea Bridge Road as a prime example - they are a complete and utter disgrace - especially when Waltham Forest is bidding for cash to turn the borough into a 'mini-Holland'),
Geoff, while the crackdown was a good idea, I believe the police were wrong to disproportionately target cyclists. The real threat on our roads comes from dangerous drivers, not people on bikes. Every day there are around 7 incidents where motorists 'hit & run' vulnerable road users such as pedestrians and cyclists. As someone who has ridden a bike for over 40 years, 26 of them in the streets of central London, I can tell you that driving standards and behaviour have worsened over the years. Many motorists treat cyclists with little or no respect, pulling out without looking, opening car doors without checking and passing too closely, speeding and generally using their vehicles to intimidate. I also see legions of drivers on their mobile phones every single day, yet have never seen a motorist pulled over for this offence. What is the point of having a law against mobile phone use in cars if it is not enforced? Finally, you are completely wrong on cycle helmets. They are designed for low speed, low impact collisions of less than 12mph and offer zero protection in collisions with motor vehicles. If you really want to make the streets safer for cyclists, you should be campaigning for proper segregated space for people to cycle on. Instead Waltham Forest council seems to be busy making conditions for people on bikes even worse by ridiculous pavement widening schemes, removing cycle lanes, narrowing roads and installing parking bays directly next to where cyclists are passing (see the works on Lea Bridge Road as a prime example - they are a complete and utter disgrace - especially when Waltham Forest is bidding for cash to turn the borough into a 'mini-Holland'), coshgirl66
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2:17pm Sun 26 Jan 14

Stevo98 says...

A quarter of vehicle occupant fatalities would be avoided if car passengers wore helmets. If it's all about safety why isn't Mr Walker criticising people who travel in cars without wearing a helmet?

Distracted, speeding or otherwise criminal drivers are killing cyclists, unlit cyclists feature in just 2% of accidents, waffling on about helmets and hi vis is spectacularly missing the point.

Did you know a third of all the lorries stopped under Operation Safeway were breaking the law in some way? Defective vehicles, unsafe loads, fiddled tachos. Fourteen lorries were deemed so dangerous they were immediately taken off the road. The freight industry has an appalling road safety record, and a plastic helmet won't make a scrap of difference if a drunk or distracted lorry driver hits you.

The lorry driver who killed Eilidh Cairns had faulty eyesight (the police didn't even bother to discover this until the same driver killed another woman.)

The lorry driver who killed cyclist Brian Dorling turned across his path.

The lorry driver who killed cyclist Svetlana Tereschenko was in an unsafe lorry, failing to indicate and chatting on a mobile. The police decided to charge him with..nothing.

The lorry driver who killed cyclist Deep Lee failed to notice her and smashed into her from behind.

The lorry driver that killed cyclist Andrew McNicoll failed to notice him and side swiped him.

The lorry driver that killed cyclist Daniel Cox was in a truck which did not have the correct mirrors and whose driver had pulled into the ASL on a red light and was indicating in the opposite direction to which he turned.

Want to make the roads safer? target drivers- they're the ones doing the killing.
A quarter of vehicle occupant fatalities would be avoided if car passengers wore helmets. If it's all about safety why isn't Mr Walker criticising people who travel in cars without wearing a helmet? Distracted, speeding or otherwise criminal drivers are killing cyclists, unlit cyclists feature in just 2% of accidents, waffling on about helmets and hi vis is spectacularly missing the point. Did you know a third of all the lorries stopped under Operation Safeway were breaking the law in some way? Defective vehicles, unsafe loads, fiddled tachos. Fourteen lorries were deemed so dangerous they were immediately taken off the road. The freight industry has an appalling road safety record, and a plastic helmet won't make a scrap of difference if a drunk or distracted lorry driver hits you. The lorry driver who killed Eilidh Cairns had faulty eyesight (the police didn't even bother to discover this until the same driver killed another woman.) The lorry driver who killed cyclist Brian Dorling turned across his path. The lorry driver who killed cyclist Svetlana Tereschenko was in an unsafe lorry, failing to indicate and chatting on a mobile. The police decided to charge him with..nothing. The lorry driver who killed cyclist Deep Lee failed to notice her and smashed into her from behind. The lorry driver that killed cyclist Andrew McNicoll failed to notice him and side swiped him. The lorry driver that killed cyclist Daniel Cox was in a truck which did not have the correct mirrors and whose driver had pulled into the ASL on a red light and was indicating in the opposite direction to which he turned. Want to make the roads safer? target drivers- they're the ones doing the killing. Stevo98
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