road safety

Polishing the Turd

The Birmingham Mail recently reported a collision in which three cars completely destroyed each other on a bike lane, and a woman was left "fighting for her life". The bike lane in question is on the A38 Bristol Road just south of Selly Oak, and it's brand new. In fact it's so new that the signs announcing its creation were flattened in the collision. You can see one of them in the photo, next to all that remains of a tree that was destroyed by the impact.

Road Safety Week


Monday, November 23, 2015 - 00:00 to Sunday, November 29, 2015 - 00:00

Remember skipping happily to school, without a care in the world?

Remember cycling to the park with friends, laughing and chatting, without noisy traffic speeding past?

Remember walking down your street, bumping into your neighbour, and stopping for a good catch-up?

Push Bikes Supports RoSPA's Family Safety Week

James Cracknell

The purpose of this Family Safety Week is to encourage more people on to their bikes for the countless benefits that cycling offers, not least health and environmental, but to do this we need to ensure as a nation that people can do so without fear. The website is a useful resource for advice and information for cyclists and drivers to improve safety for cyclists.

Road safety meeting with West Midlands Police and Crime Commissioner

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On Friday 20th Feb, representatives from West Midlands campaign groups met with David Jamieson, WM PCC, to discuss road safety. The meeting was organised by Denis Murphy, from the Campaign for Better Transport. It was also attended by David Cox, chair of the CTC, George Reeves, from Sandwell CTC, Chris Lowe, chair of Push Bikes and John Davidson from Living Streets.

Will Birmingham follow London in lorry safety measures?

London Cycling Campaign proposed truck design

On Thursday 5th Feb, 2015, Transport for London (TfL) announced that all lorries over 3.5 tonnes will have to be fitted with side guards and blind-spot mirrors or be banned from London's streets. The ban will come into force on the 1st Sept, 2015, after which any lorries not complying with the regulations will face fines of £1,000 for each infraction.

Campaign for Better Transport lobby WMPCC over vulnerable road users' safety

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Denis Murphy, from the Campaign for Better Transport, has secured a meeting with WMPCC David Jamieson after sending him an open letter in December. Although the UK is amongst the safest countries for car drivers and passengers, the UK performs far worse on measures of risk for vulnerable road users. Many of our north European neighbours have much safer streets, some with a risk factor less than 50% of that in the UK.

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