Take primary, cover your brakes then watch the wheels, never the driver, you'll see them moving before you realise the vehicle is, as for the driver don't think they have seen you or care they will be looking straight through you most likely, this type of offending accounts for
75% of car vs cycle #KSIs & is always the drivers fault as they pull in front of a road user who has right of way when they enter or leave a junction.
Some drivers depending on their personal awareness only "look" for other cars as that's their only "threat",motorcyclists suffer
the same offending behaviours. At the point of pulling out of the junction the cyclist is easy to see, if you hold your fist out in front of you that's how big they appear roughly. If you want to know more about why some people don't see them due to not "looking" properly read
the excellent work of Dr Graham Hole on motorcycle conspicuity in his book "The Psychology of Driving" and for the work behind the junction #KSIs it's in this blog 👍
Oh and as for @theJeremyVine 's riding here it was spot on, anticipated the offence from the incompetent driver, planned for it & reacted in a controlled manner avoiding a collision, he was a lot more polite than I would have been 👍

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Mar 21
Right mobile phone offences, it's going to get a lot of attention this week, & rightly so, cognitive distraction/fail to look properly is the largest causational factor of RTCs in the UK. But let's look at the facets of the changes no one else will look at
Firstly this isn't the first time we've been here, this blog covers what happened when the penalty was last increased, we will see more of the same, remember all that happened was we were put almost into a state of "Stasis" by the Baretto judgement, which
will be irrelevant after the 25th, but what Baretto did do was improve evidential standards to the point where most detected offences became 💯%ers in court, this standard of evidence will see nearly all of the offences detected from the 25th meeting the evidential threshold for
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Mar 20
I was aware of this a couple of weeks ago & have already advised the #Activecitizen involved appropriatly but I think it's only fair to address it now it's spreading farther afield, which I shall do rather impartially like this...
Imagine that our #Activecitizens had held up other road users whilst filming evidence of a shoplifter making off with £20 worth of coffee, bacon & cheese from the local shop, do we think that the same outcome would have occurred... 🤔 Our #Activecitizen was actually gathering
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Mar 19
#ASL offences, if reporting via #3rdpartyreporting your evidence will need to show clearly the light sequence & the first stop line 👍 remember that there is no specific #ASL offence it's a "red light" offence so the same rules apply, "could have & should have stopped on the
amber or red light" 👍
If you find an #ASL box occupied if safe to do so place yourself in front of the offending vehicle as the junction design intended, if this involves you crossing the #ASL & commiting a technical offence you have a defence as you are ensuring your safety 👍
otherwise stay behind the offending vehicle/s and take primary in your chosen lane with just under a car length space between you & the offending vehicle effectively creating your own #ASL / bubble of road space to dominate & use to negotiate the junction as you would have had
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Feb 9
#Evidencebasedpolicing is all about addressing the #greatestthreatofharm, let's look at cycling offences 👍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 👍 As the amount of people using #ActiveTravel rises this will become an emerging trend and so will need attention. 👍 Run it in the same way we
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Jan 18
That Panorama programme, but where to start... 🤔
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
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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 👇, & why if @TfL want more harmony on their roads they need to come away from asking drivers to "think" and be afraid instead
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