A study into ‘near misses’ – where cyclists are involved in incidents that don’t result in injuries – is being repeated to gather more information.
The Near Miss Project was launched last year and collected data which showed organisations how common negative interactions are for cyclists. Data showed most cyclists endured scary experiences on a daily basis, and that slower cyclists (of which a higher proportion were women) suffered more.
Recommendations as a result of the study are set to be presented in parliament towards the end of the year. The 2015 version will investigate any improvement, and also show the effect that the interactions have on different people.
Study lead and Senior Lecturer in Transport at the University of Westminster, Dr Rachel Aldred, has said: “The Near Miss Project was the first to generate per-mile near miss rates for cyclists in the UK. The second year will take this forward, asking whether things have changed, and gathering more data that will allow us to drill down into different incident types and how they affect people.
“Increasingly organisations such as TfL are seeing near misses as very important both for improving cycling experience, and for helping to reduce injury risk.”
As per the initial study, Blaze Laserlight is partnering, as well as The Creative Exchange. Blaze, the unique bike light that was recently built into a selection of London city bikes, was developed by Emily Brooke.
She said: “We are so pleased that the Near Miss Project is back for a second year. Data collection from cyclists is imperative to helping people better understand how to make cycling safer, for everyone. The 2014 study attracted 1,500 people and this year we want to get at least 2,000 signed up from all over the United Kingdom. We urge everyone to get involved and help achieve our overall aim of helping to making the roads safer for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists.”
There has been interest in the study across the world, and the team are interested in taking the study global.
You can register to be involved up until Sunday November 1. To be a participant, you will simply need to keep an online diary sharing your personal experiences over one day in a two week period. Find out more here.