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Feb 9 β€’ 11 tweets β€’ 4 min read
#Evidencebasedpolicing is all about addressing the #greatestthreatofharm, let's look at cycling offences πŸ‘The place where evidentially we know cyclists pose a constant threat of harm is at pedestrian crossings & so the allocation of resources to enforce contraventions at such a
vulnerable location is fully justified. A plain clothed spotter with stopping officers further down the road is the best way to do it πŸ‘ As the amount of people using #ActiveTravel rises this will become an emerging trend and so will need attention. πŸ‘ Run it in the same way we
ran our #ASL operations where those who inconvienced or endangered were ticketed, those that haven't are warned. Then get the awareness right through the media push & you start to get behaviour change πŸ‘. With increasing numbers of people cycling & walking due to #Modalshift
this sort of offending will become an emerging trend, so will justify a resource allocation in the ratio to harm done in comparison to that of vehicular offending. So if 1 % of your #KSIs is due to cyclists offending at pedestrian crossings you use 1% of your time enforcing.
Trouble is this would lead to no enforcement probably outside of the capital as there are so few actual collisions, so as it's an emerging trend that can cause distress as well as actual harm a token gesture of an operation a month together with the right media should be enough
to curb the emerging trend πŸ‘ Other forms of cycling offending rarely carry a sufficient threat of harm, apart from reckless pavement cycling which should be dealt with when encountered in accordance with the home office guidelines.…
A word of warning for those though who shout loudly for more than the current token gesture of enforcement against cyclists. In a demand driven society we as officers have to justify everything we do based upon public interest. If we did it proportionally, for every one day we
spend doing cycle enforcement we would have to spend the next 5 years enforcing against drivers, and that's just based on blameworthy fatals. So although I have identified a potential threat of harm as we go forward at a vulnerable location, in comparison to the impact of other
#Roaddanger a monthly operation is massive "overkill" and would be token PR gesture rather than enforcement that reduces overall demand on society. And a quick calculation shows that if I were to spend the same amount of time enforcing against drivers as I have cyclists
proportionally in the public interest, given the time we spent on #OpVelolumiere I would have to live until I was 208 to fit in all the necessary driver enforcement.
I'm currently in the middle of a research project into cyclists vs pedestrian collisions which I will update
on next week together with the mounting evidential base that suggests cyclists should be able to turn left on a red traffic light signal.

Safe Journeys all πŸ‘

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Jan 18
That Panorama programme, but where to start... πŸ€”
Let's go with speed cameras first, programme makes a big thing about them not working, well they haven't for 5+ years mostly since the switch from wet film to digital & average cameras, fixed site cameras are largely ineffective
anyway unless placed at problem sites. Traffic officer numbers decreased dramatically from 2011/12 not 2016, if they had explored the earlier years they would have discovered a much larger decrease. Then we come to existing traffic officer numbers, most are in a ANPR intercept
role or share other roles such as ARV duties, thus do very little core traffic work but count as traffic officers on a headcount. Drink driving, well there's less tests as cuts have consequences, most drink drive arrests are proactive but due to high demand officers
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Nov 28, 2021
Right then, I've held off commenting on this to give myself a decent amount of time to think about what I would have spent the budget on instead of this πŸ‘‡, & why if @TfL want more harmony on their roads they need to come away from asking drivers to "think" and be afraid instead
First we need to see that the film addresses merely a symptom of the problem at hand, which is offending #driverbehaviour. Remove the causational factor & you remove the consequences, that is what they have failed to do. As for the reaction shown from the #vulnerableroaduser you
will never eradicate that, for it is a normal expected reaction to having one's life engangered, you cannot stop an evolutionary response, "fight or flight", even trained officers like myself will struggle not to react when the adrenaline kicks in & nature takes over. You
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Feb 21, 2021
Well you'll never guess what happens here..... What follows is a thread on why those of us who work in the #evidencebasedpolicing world know asking drivers not to do something politely and in good faith is a waste of time...
This is a local country park, by parking here drivers block the access gate required by emergency services, they do it so they don't have to pay the Β£3 to park in the country park. So as with all such #driverbehaviour there is a personal gain to be had by endangering others....
The polite sign has been in place for about 18 months, some of the vehicles that park there cost tens of thousands of Β£'s, so the price of a cup of coffee should not be a problem & helps the park survive for the enjoyment of all...But take a step back & look at the junction πŸ€”
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