Close passing of cyclists in Basingstoke

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Dear Hampshire Constabulary,

Close passing of cyclists is both dangerous and off-putting - 56% of cyclists in a survey said "they were worried by close passes". Close passes, and the fear of them, can put off new cyclists from continuing, and can cause experienced cyclists to stop cycling for a while whilst they recover. I am frequently passed too closely whilst cycling on my way to work, or when I go shopping - usually on roads like Hatch Warren Way (Basingstoke), Brighton Way (Basingstoke), Harrow Way (Basingstoke), Jays Close (Basingstoke), Grove Road (Basingstoke), Pack Lane (Basingstoke and Oakley), and the B3400 between Basingstoke and Whitchurch.
Waiting for cyclists to report close passes is not enough - not all cyclists have helmet cameras. Many cyclists do not believe that the police care unless they see proactive action by the police.
Can you tell me, for the area covered by Basingstoke and Deane Borough Councuil (including Whitchurch, Tadley, Overton, Kingsclere, and almost to Hook), or for the area covered by Hampshire County Council (i.e. not unitary council areas like Southampton and Portsmouth):-
1. What proactive action you have taken to show drivers that close passing of cyclists is unaccaptable? For example, use of the "Close Pass Mat" on roads.
2. How much of your budget has been spent in those areas in support of preventing (as opposed to reacting to) close passes?
3. The number of reactive actions taken in those areas after close passes or brake tests, e.g. charging drvers with careless or dangerous driving?

Yours faithfully,

Jon Pennycook

Hampshire Constabulary

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Dear Mr Pennycook

 

FREEDOM OF INFORMATION REQUEST REFERENCE NO: HC/002727/18

 

The following request for information under the Freedom of Information Act
was received by the Public Access office at Hampshire Constabulary on the
date listed above:

 

Close passing of cyclists is both dangerous and off-putting - 56% of
cyclists in a survey said "they were worried by close passes".  Close
passes, and the fear of them, can put off new cyclists from continuing,
and can cause experienced cyclists to stop cycling for a while whilst they
recover.  I am frequently passed too closely whilst cycling on my way to
work, or when I go shopping - usually on roads like Hatch Warren Way
(Basingstoke), Brighton Way (Basingstoke), Harrow Way (Basingstoke), Jays
Close (Basingstoke), Grove Road (Basingstoke), Pack Lane (Basingstoke and
Oakley), and the B3400 between Basingstoke and Whitchurch. 

Waiting for cyclists to report close passes is not enough - not all
cyclists have helmet cameras.  Many cyclists do not believe that the
police care unless they see proactive action by the police.

Can you tell me, for the area covered by Basingstoke and Deane Borough
Council (including Whitchurch, Tadley, Overton, Kingsclere, and almost to
Hook), or for the area covered by Hampshire County Council (i.e. not
unitary council areas like Southampton and Portsmouth):- 1. What proactive
action you have taken to show drivers that close passing of cyclists is
unacceptable?  For example, use of the "Close Pass Mat" on roads.

2. How much of your budget has been spent in those areas in support of
preventing (as opposed to reacting to) close passes?

3. The number of reactive actions taken in those areas after close passes
or brake tests, e.g. charging drivers with careless or dangerous driving?

 

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Amy McDonald | Public Access Officer
Joint Information Management Unit | Hampshire Constabulary & Thames Valley
Police
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Address | Hampshire Constabulary, Mottisfont Court, Tower Street,
Winchester, Hampshire, SO23 8ZD

 

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