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Havering Cyclists Christmas Ride, Sunday 30 Dec.Why not join us

Havering Cyclists Christmas Ride Sunday 30th December. Register on Sky Ride Social or just turn up

A ride suitable for all abilities, including smaller children starting from Rainham Station.

Under 16 year olds need to be accompanied by an adult and take full responsibility for them and must wear a cycle helmet at all times.

Meet at Hornchurch Station for those arriving on the district line at 09:45.

Meet at Squadrons Approach Car Park, Hornchurch Country Park at 10:00.

The ride will join up with the one starting from Rainham Station at about 10:40.

The ride follows the Ingrebourne valley from Squadrons approach in Hornchurch Country Park down to Ingrebourne hill

From Ingrebourne Hill there is a short on-road section to Rainham Station.This will be along side roads and cycle paths if there are inexperienced riders or straight along the main road if not.

From Rainham Station it is a completely off-road route along tarmacked paths across Rainham Marshes to the RSPB Centre.

Here we will stop for refreshments before returning.

20’s Plenty Guide to Online Road Casualty Maps

As we think of our families and friends and travel to see them, please remember those who’ve suffered road injury or bereavement. 20’s Plenty for Us December 2012 briefing is on casualty maps  

Slower speeds prevent road crashes and damage.  Free casualty maps are online.  Look up your road and request 20 mph.

 Road casualty is the UK’s most preventable cause of 5-35 year old deaths.  Prof Dorling describes it as the “greatest avoidable public health epidemic”.   See where crashes happen:

 ·        http://www.20splentyforuk.org.uk/uk_casualty_maps.htm  – gender and age of fatalities from 2000-2010, plus the spread of serious and slight injuries.

·        http://www.crashmap.co.uk pin points 2005-2011 casualties.  Specify by year, severity, or child, motorcycle rider, pedal cyclist or pedestrian.

·        http://www.cyclestreets.net/collisions/ draw around an area and download a spreadsheet of cycle casualties and victim details from 2005-2010.

Seeing a map of crashes will certainly affect Councillor’s perceptions. They set local road speeds.

1,901 fatalities, 23,122 seriously injured and 203,950 all severities were recorded in 2011.  Actual road injury numbers are higher.

Police STATS19 understate injury severity.  The police lack medical training to differentiate slight versus serious blows.  The majority of slight injuries go unreported[1]. The DfT say the true toll for all casualties is 3.5 times recorded incidents – 700,000+ road injured p.a. This is fromcomparing police and hospital data with the National Travel Survey’s collision involvement question[2]. Add 4-5 million non-injury crashes p.a for a UK collision total.

Relative danger is affected by travel choice. If walker or cyclist injuries are rare it may not be a particularly ‘safe’ area – just that not many people walk or cycle and vice versa.  Actual danger is proportional to the speed and volume of traffic.

A proven, cost-effective solution to road danger is slower speeds. You can then stop in time or face less impact force[3]. 20 mph limits work, particularly if community wide, covering entire routes to school or shops.  Unclustered casualties are as numerous as clustered. They need a wide area tool as they are hard to predict.  No humps are needed.

 Look up road casualties nearby.  Help Councillors understand the need for wide 20 mph limits to prevent road crashes.

The full briefing with references is at http://www.20splentyforus.org.uk/BriefingSheets/Casualty_maps.pdf

We welcome comments and feedback

Anna Semlyen, 20’s Plenty for Us Campaign Manager, T: 07572 120439 e: Anna.s@20splentyforus.org.uk

 

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Join us on Havering Cyclists Christmas Ride

Havering Cyclists Christmas Ride Sunday 30th December.

  • A ride suitable for all abilities, including smaller children starting from Rainham Station.
  • Under 16 year olds need to be accompanied by an adult and take full responsibility for them and must wear a cycle helmet at all times.
  • Meet at Hornchurch Station for those arriving on the district line at 09:45.
  • Meet at Squadrons Approach Car Park, Hornchurch Country Park at 10:00.
  • Meet at Rainham Station Car Park at 10:40 for those who wish an easy off-road route or arriving by national Rail.
  • *** Please note there is only an hourly train service from Barking to Rainham on this day. The 9.29 train gets to Rainham at 9.37, and the 10.29 at 10.37. Also an hourly service towards London. ***
  • The ride follows the Ingrebourne valley from Squadrons approach in Hornchurch Country Park down to Ingrebourne hill
  • From Ingrebourne Hill there is a short on-road section to Rainham Station.This will be along side roads and cycle paths if there are inexperienced riders or straight along the main road if not.
  • From Rainham Station it is a completely off-road route along tarmaced paths across Rainham Marshes to the RSPB Centre. Here we will stop for refreshments before returning.
  • Distances,
  • Squadrons Approach to RSPB Centre and return 13.7 miles.
  • Rainham Station to RSPB Centre and return 8.4 miles.
  • Book on Sky Ride Social

Stay Safe around Lorries

London Cycling Campaign have published a short article on staying safe around lorries. Actually this is good advice for all large vehicles.

1. Avoid cycling in the front-left lorry risk zone
Beware cycling into the lorry risk zone, especially near junctions. If a lorry passes you and puts you in its risk zone, brake sharply to drop behind.

2. Wide gaps between lorry and kerb aren’t safe
Lorries often move over to the right of their lane before turning left. Stay out of the gap to their left, even if it looks like you can pass them safely.

3. Take care if you’ve stopped in front of a lorry
If you’ve stopped in front of a lorry at a junction, position yourself well forward of the cab and to the centre, so the driver can easily see you.

For the full article goto http://lcc.org.uk/articles/advice-for-cyclists-to-stay-safer-around-lorries

 

Shopping by Bike – The Results

CTC recently completed their shopping by bike trial with 77 people taking part. The results are now available at http://www.ctc.org.uk/case-study/shopping-bike-results

You can read  full version of the report, but for those with limited time below is a summary of the results.

  • A total of 77 people completed the trial and returned a questionnaire
  • In roughly 4 weeks, they travelled a total of 5,973 kilometres, saved 402 kilos of fuel, and prevented over a tonne of carbon dioxide emissions (the equivalent of 4 cars!)
  • The vast majority of people said they had enjoyed the experience, and only 1 person said they were unlikely to continue
  • The facilities offered for cyclists and their bikes were varied, and there was a also a lack of consistency displayed by the national chains (CTC will highlight this to the stores involved)
  • Most people used panniers for their shopping, or a combination of things including panniers.  Roughly two-thirds of participants found this sufficient for all their shopping
  • People transported all sorts of things during the trial, not just shopping – from musical instruments, to televisions!
  • Using the questionnaires, we tried to approximate what impact the 77 people involved in trial might have in the future, and this was estimated at a further 40,000+ kilometres per year

There were many positive comments about the trial and, if you can, please take time to read the full report.