Traffic incidents are rising significantly in Richmond, so the proposed ‘crime priorities’ include ‘cycling on pavements and through red lights’. (In the latest consultation.)
So the borough’s proposed priorities – when three people died on our roads in the last 9 months, 43 have been seriously injured, and 424 slightly injured – is to do nothing additional whatsoever to tackle these numbers.
Although, to be fair to the comedian – sorry “Safety Data Analyst” – who prepared this material, he did list anti-social behaviour as a top priority, and lumped cycling on pavements with motor vehicle crime and theft. You might consider that being alive and having all your limbs in the right place, and not being maimed in some random road traffic incident, might be a top priority for most people. Yet that doesn’t seem to feature too highly in the consultation.
Asking the community
This is meant to be an opportunity to ask the community what its priorities are. Given that we receive a number of reports from Police Liaison Group meetings that speeding and road safety are key priorities for people, it is somewhat baffling as to why these don’t get a mention.
Of course, cycling comes up in Police Liaison Groups (PLGs) a lot, too, which is why they manage to mention cycling on pavements in every single document they produce (include the video). Since guidance on this from the Home Office is very clear (see this article), we will also be asking why this information does not filter down to the PLG meetings.
- speeding incidents have risen from 1,539 to 2,152
- April-December 2014 saw 130 incidents involving cyclists (up 27%)
- Annual target for collisions is 421. In 9 months we’ve made it to 469 incidents
- No-one appears to be recording incidents involving pedestrians
We’re preparing a response this week, but we strongly urge you to tell the Community Safety Partnership (use this link) that safety on our roads – for everyone – really needs to be a priority.