Sunday, February 19, 2012


There appears to be a change in Drivers’ perception of Cyclists in recent weeks ! Could this be as a result of the article in “ The Thunderer ” and the introduction of their Cycle Safety Campaign ?

When I blogged in “ Parrabuddy ” about the campaign launched by the “ Times ” I had expected to hear more from my readers ? Deafening silence is what has greeted the adding of the “ Cities fit for Cycling ” logo to each blog !

Photo shown is something that happens all to often , hopefully the cyclist escaped injury !

The Times has published a few stories but when I click on the box “ Follow stories about ” I get nothing , then I click on “ Cities fit for Cycling ” which is part of that box , and instead of transferring to new stories I get thrown back to an article :

“ Better driving will make roads safer for cyclists, say motorists”

This item is available in several other parts of the website . There are many useful statistics reported but I recall some weeks ago being advised that the readers stories could only be viewed by those that are registered with “ The Times ” !

The Times has given credit to other Cycling Safety campaigns , some of which follow :

See Me Save Me - Co-ordinated by RoadPeace, a group which campaigns to reduce danger on the roads and support those bereaved or injured by road crashes, the ‘See Me Save Me’ campaign was started after the death of Eilidh Cairns, who was killed in 2009 when she was crushed beneath the wheels of a lorry in Notting Hill Gate. The campaign calls to eliminate blind-spots on lorries, asking for extra mirrors, sensors and alarms to be standard issue on heavy goods vehicles and for lorry-drivers to be trained in the good practice that will save lives on the road.

Go Dutch - The London Cycling Campaign (LCC) has called on the mayoral candidates in London to make the capital “more liveable for everyone by making our streets as asafe and inviting for cycling as they are in Holland”. It describes road planning as overly “car-centric” and asks for more space to be dedicated to cyclists alongside major roads in London.

Stop SMIDSY - SMIDSY stands for “Sorry mate, I didn’t see you”, and is part of efforts by the Cyclists’ Touring Club (CTC) to highlight the dangers of bad driving, especially when drivers simply claim not to have seen the cyclists they have just crashed into.

Andrew Cyclist - Following the death of Andrew McNicoll in Edinburgh on January 5 this year, his family are campaigning to make Edinburgh safer for cyclists, seeking to address issues such as speed limits, parking and road quality.

The UK Cycling Alliance - Made up of members from Sustrans, British Cycling, the CTC, Cyclenation, the LCC and the Bicycle Association, this group is bringing its members together to lobby MPs in advance of a debate in Westminster on February 23.
A Sustrans spokesperson said: “Central to our call will be a need for dedicated and sustained funding for cycling to ensure that we can get more people cycling safely.
“The debate on 23rd offers a fantastic opportunity for MPs to get involved in cycling policy. UKCA is working to ensure that MPs know how important this debate is, not just for hardened cyclists but also for Mums doing the school run and people popping to the local shops. Cycling should be a choice that we can all make – this debate should help to get that message across.”

Cycle for Life - Set up by road safety charity Brake, the campaign calls for investment in engineering measures to create segregated cycle paths to protect cyclists and drivers from each other, while also calling for cyclists to do all they can to reduce the risk they face on the roads.

Go Make It Happen - Though not directly cycling related, this is a charity set up in memory of Sam Harding, who was killed on London’s Holloway Road in August last year. It looks to support young people who want to be involved in travel and tourism - as Sam was.

Hopefully there will now be access to ALL that choose to read those stories that they publish

The Times has a number of other articles worth reading :

More from Cities fit for cycling :

Safer cycling on track to be Olympic legacy
February 18 2012 12:01AM
The Times Cycle Safe campaign wins support of another Government minister as the world’s fastest track cyclists gathered in the Olympic Park
Cambridge backs The Times cycle campaign
Last updated February 17 2012 12:24PM
Cambridge is set to be the first city council to approve in full The Times ‘Cities fit for Cycling’ campaign
Driver used bus as ‘weapon’ against cyclist
Last updated February 17 2012 12:01AM
A bus driver in Bristol has been jailed after using his bus “as a weapon” against a cyclist, crushing his bike and breaking his leg.
Construction giants ‘make cycling safer’
Last updated February 16 2012 12:01AM
The UK Contractors Group (UKCG) is set to produce a strategy which could include greater safety measures to protect cyclists

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