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Cycle Safety Report and a Local Transport Consultation

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  • Jane & Arnold Ridout
    All, - The Transport Research Laboratory has recently published a report on Infrastructure and cyclist Safety - the thrust of which is_ Main findings * Of
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      • The Transport Research Laboratory has recently published a report on "Infrastructure and cyclist Safety" - the thrust of which is_

        Main findings
        * Of all interventions to increase cycle safety, the greatest benefits
        come from reducing motor vehicle speeds.

        and also:

        * Most cyclist injuries in multi-vehicle collisions take place at
        junctions. Reducing the speed of traffic through junctions appears to be
        an effective approach to reducing cycle casualties, and physical calming
        methods are a reliable means of achieving such a reduction. 

        *Providing segregated networks may reduce risks to cyclists, although
        evidence suggests that the points at which segregated networks intersect
        with highways can be relatively high-risk, sometimes of sufficient
        magnitude to offset any safety benefits of removing cyclists from the
        carriageway. 

        *A number of infrastructure interventions that are not widely used in
        the UK have been implemented on the continent to increase safety at
        junctions. Particular examples include cycle lane markings continued
        across junctions, cycle pre-signals and Trixi mirrors (mounted below
        signal heads to allow drivers of heavy vehicles to see cyclists at their
        nearside). The literature suggests that, appropriately applied, the
        former two approaches can have a beneficial effect on cycle casualties.

        Those wishing to see the complete report(43 pages) let me know or go to http://assets.dft.gov.uk/publications/infrastructure-and-cyclist-safety/

      • I have received a consultation concerning closure overnight of car parks at St John's (East) and Shaftesbury Road.  If anyone is interested let me know.
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