Quarterly members meeting

We meet and chat: quarterly, every second Tuesday
Speaker(s): Chris Peck, CTC
Topic: Justice for cyclists

CTC’s campaign “STOP SMIDSY” and where do we go from here?

Bad driving intimidates and harms innocent people. Cyclists and pedestrians are particularly endangered by negligent or aggressive driving because we’re not encased in a few tonnes of metal every time we set out on the roads. Stop SMIDSY will address how the police, the prosecutors, the courts, and the law itself could all do a better job at encouraging people to use the roads in safer and more considerate ways. When we lobby these institutions on your behalf, we need evidence of how they need to improve and many have responded.

Let’s recap and hear about the further plans. More about Stop SMIDSY here http://www.stop-smidsy.org.uk/

Presentation now attached. Jam-packed with figures and data!

Photos have been uploaded too… http://www.flickr.com/photos/katsdekker/7983132413/in/pool-newcycling/

In the introduction Katja listed cyclists deaths in Tyneside 2011/12.

Elizabeth Brown – aged 43 from Jesmond
Killed near Cramlington in April 2011 on her commute to work
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north-east-news/evening-chronicle-news/2012/06/29/van-driver-cleared-of-causing-death-of-cyclist-elizabeth-brown-72703-31288958/

Rev Michael Malleson – aged 69
Seriously injured on Heaton Road Newcastle in late Nov 2011 and died in early Dec 2011
http://www.journallive.co.uk/north-east-news/todays-news/2012/04/21/heaton-vicar-died-after-bike-hit-by-moving-car-61634-30806136/

Lee Anthony Davison – aged 31
Killed on Cherry Blossom Way, Washington, in January 2012
http://www.sunderlandecho.com/news/crime/death-crash-driver-escapes-jail-term-1-4546020

Natasha Beverley – aged 21
Church Bank, close to the junction with Ropery Lane in Wallsend in 23 August 2012 at 3.45pm
http://www.chroniclelive.co.uk/north-east-news/evening-chronicle-news/2012/08/23/tragic-cyclist-21-hit-by-bus-in-wallsend-is-named-72703-31677515/