Haddenham Bucks

Safer Walking & Cycling

Home » News » Safer Walking & Cycling
Cycle Accident 01
Cycle Overtaking Space

The Haddenham Safe Walking & Cycling Group welcomes the latest government proposals to reduce the number of cyclists and pedestrians killed on the roads. Last year, 100 cyclists died on UK roads and 470 pedestrians were killed, an increase of 5%.

Among the plans, we particularly welcome the idea that motorists' insurance premiums could be reduced if drivers take a course to make them more aware of cyclists on the roads.

In and around Haddenham many motorists do not give cyclists enough space on the road. It is frightening to have a vehicle pass 4cm from the end of your handlebars or be overtaken by a vehicle which then turns left across your path. A course might raise the level of awareness so that we can feel safer.

Thames Valley Police have not yet extended their 'Close Pass Initiative', which also seeks to educate drivers, beyond Marlow and Oxford and show no sign of introducing it to our area, despite our requests.

What is missing from the Government's plan is any measure to reduce the speed of vehicles. Speed kills. Walking and cycling organisations — Cycling UK, The Ramblers, British Cycling, Living Streets and Sustrans are disappointed about this. Cycling UK chief executive Paul Tuohy said: "Lowering vehicle speeds around people walking, cycling and horse riding doesn't just reduce the danger to them, but also their perception of the danger.

Bucks CC, please take note: the Government is encouraging Councils to spend about 15% of their local transport infrastructure funding on walking and cycling.

Cynthia Floud
Chair, Haddenham Safe Walking & Cycling Group

popular recent storiesAlso in the news

Elderly Christmas Lunch 01
Haddenham Webteam: Sat 16 Nov 1:30pm

As a proportion of total residents, Haddenham has one of the largest group of seniors in Buckinghamshire — and a significant number of these people live alone.Even under normal circumstances it is easy for such elderly folk to feel a little isolated and lacking social interaction. This can feel even more significant at Christmas time.Do you have an elderly friend or relative living in...

Museum Xmas Card 2019
Haddenham Webteam: Tue 12 Nov 4:00pm

A new Haddenham Christmas Card has been created, exclusive to the Haddenham MuseumSee the Green Dragon Pub in Victorian times in a picturesque snowy scene.Six cards with envelopes are £5.The Museum is open on Tuesday mornings 10.00am — 12 noon and Sunday afternoons 2 .00 -...

Tom Pollard_image2
Yvonne Durham: Mon 11 Nov 7:30pm

Thomas Charles Sidney Pollard (Tom)20th June 1928 — 5th November 2019It is with great sadness that the passing of Tom Pollard is announced. Tom lived and worked in Haddenham for over 60 years, spending 32 years at Lucas's along with many other Haddenham residents. He and his wife Margaret were familiar faces to many in Haddenham particularly through their efforts in the establishment...