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Help requested posted on 25th January 2019:

Close pass initiative impact

Can anyone provide empirical data on the impact of any of the campaigns to date? We (Taunton Area Cycling Campaign) would like to see close pass operations in the Taunton area. The police have asked if we can provide evidence of its effectiveness. Although the response to the campaigns, where they have operated, seems to have been very favourable from the point of view of cyclists and the police, our police would like more rigorous before/after data if possible.

Mike Ginger

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Response posted on 28th January 2019 by:
Andrew Russ

E: andrew.russ@sweco.co.uk
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Close pass initiative impact

The initiators of this were West Midlands Police and I believe they have some pretty good 'after' data (these close pass operations came out of them studying data to find out what types of collisions were actually occurring and targeting them). You should be able to contact them via their fairly active Twitter account.

Having seen a presentation they have given, it's not only offences against cyclists that they pick up either, there seems to be a number of other offences that motorists who make close passes have also committed (lack of insurance, MoT, sight requirements, etc.).


https://www.west-midlands.police.uk/your-options/close-pass-cycling

https://trafficwmp.wordpress.com/category/safer-cycling/

https://twitter.com/Trafficwmp


Response posted on 1st February 2019 by:
Steven Cammiss

E: sc293@le.ac.uk
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Close pass initiative impact

I am currently engaged in a research project on roads policing and close pass is one of the operations we are examining. As far as I am aware, there has been no systematic evaluation of any close pass operation and we are not doing that as part of our study. As Andrew Russ notes, above, WMP did report a reduction in KSIs the year after implementation of close pass (around 20 per cent) but care does need to be taken in interpreting this figure, as the reduction may not necessarily be due to close pass operations. The team at WMP would be more than happy to speak to their colleagues in Taunton about their experiences. Andrew is also correct that WMP see close pass as being more than about cyclists. They use the operation to do basic checks on drivers, such as eye sight and the condition of vehicles, and also prosecute a number of mobile phone offences too. They also very much see close pass as linked to the use of third party footage for the prosecution of offences. WMP use the NextBase portal (link below). Avon and Somerset have their own portal (see link below). From our experience, the utility of third party uploads really depends upon the quality of decision making on receipt of the footage. WMP, for instance, issue warnings or prosecutions for the vast majority of uploads. Avon and Somerset, however, seem to prosecute a lower proportion of offences for allegations submitted to their portal. One final piece of advice, do speak to your Police and Crime Commissioner, and suggest that other cycling groups in your force area do the same. If you are in contact with your local force, feel free to make them aware of our project. We will be holding a 'stakeholder workshop' in March to discuss our findings, and this is open to anyone interested in our project (which is on the enforcement of driving offences). It would be a good opportunity for them to speak to other officers in the field (we expect, for instance, representatives from WMP to be there, although I cannot confirm this at present). Feel free to email me if you would like any further information. You can also follow our Twitter account for updates on our project (@RST_driving_law).

https://www.nextbase.com/en-gb/national-dash-cam-safety-portal/

https://www.avonandsomerset.police.uk/accidents/#/


Response posted on 4th February 2019 by:
Mike

E: finecarrots@yahoo.co.uk
T: 7929718874

Close pass initiative impact

Dear Andrew and Steven

Thank you for going to the trouble of giving such informative advice. We are meeting A&S Police and SCC road safety tomorrow and I have forwarded the information to them. Thanks for the offer of getting back to you.

Kind regards

Mike


Response posted on 12th March 2019 by:
Rosie

E: road.safety@portsmouthcc.gov.uk
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Close pass initiative impact

Give Space, Be Safe is a joint operation between Hampshire Constabulary and Portsmouth City Council to promote safe driving in relation to cyclists. It targets drivers who fail to follow Highway Code rules on passing distances when overtaking cyclists. This is sometimes referred to as a near miss or close pass, which puts cyclists at risk.

Offending drivers commit the offence of careless driving . Instead of prosecution, they are offered the choice to attend a nearby educational advice on the Highway Code and safe driving. They also complete a roadside eyesight test and have their documents checked. The Highway Code states 'overtake only when it is safe and legal to do so' and that drivers should allow vulnerable road users as much room as they would when overtaking a car.

A driver deemed to be driving dangerously close can expect to be prosecuted and taken to court.

The campaign has received backing from Cycling UK, whose 'close pass' mats are used by road safety officers to show drivers the safe distance for overtaking a cyclist.


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