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Road Danger Reduction Forum: Manifesto 2024

Road Danger Reduction Forum - 19 June, 2024 - 00:27

1. Move UK away from dependence on private motor transport, which is unsustainable, wasteful, unsafe and is a deterrent to walking and cycling, by incentivising sustainable, active travel and public transport and by deterring unnecessary motor vehicle use by road pricing.

2.   Cut the £30 billion road building budget and reallocate for sustainable transport including:

£2 billion p.a. for Active Travel routes to deliver target of 50% of urban trips on foot or by bicycle by 2030.

3.   Enforce road traffic law effectively through a substantial increase in roads policing, including national support for 3rd party reporting, with emphasis on minor penalties for common offences implicated in causing death and injury to others. Allocate an additional £500 million p.a. to be spent on road traffic policing.

4.   Implement a National Road Safety Strategy with headline targets to reduce the danger that road users can pose to others, the establishment of a Road Safety Investigation Branch and lower speed limits with default of 20mph on urban roads and 40mph max on country lanes.

5.   Legislate for and incentivise use of smaller, slower, safer, sustainable motor vehicles for passengers and freight. Taxation should be based on vehicle size, weight, and fuel with an objective being the reduction of use of SUVs in urban areas.

6.   Commission a review of all road traffic laws to secure “road justice”.


Road Danger Reduction Forum President Baroness Jenny Jones said:

Victims of road crashes – whether those injured or those who have lost loved ones – suffer appallingly, not least with an often overly lenient attitude in the justice system. The only civilised approach to this is to reduce danger at source – from those with the potential to hurt or kill others”, says Baroness Jones.

Measures to curb road danger have to be part of a transport policy – unlike the one we have had for decades – which is less car dependent, and which supports active and less polluting forms of transport: this can also cut the deaths from inactive lives and vehicle emissions, as well as those from road crashes.” 

It’s not right to expect children to wear body armour and high visibility clothing to (supposedly) protect themselves, while adults with a ton of metal around them are permitted to get away with dangerous and unnecessary driving which scares them off the streets.”

For further information, or if you want your organisation to sign up to the Manifesto, contact:

Dr Robert Davis, Chair RDRF, at chairrdrf@aol.com

We’ll be commenting further here and on @CHAIRRDRF about other Manifestos, why ours is different and what we have in common. 19th June 2024

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Riding alongside the Máxima canal

BicycleDutch - 18 June, 2024 - 23:00
Last week’s extra video of my ride in New York City was overwhelming for some viewers, who told me they couldn’t watch it until the end. They commented that they found it too busy, noisy, and dirty. To counteract those …
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New York City ride and the Congestion Pricing fiasco

BicycleDutch - 11 June, 2024 - 23:00
Today’s extra post features footage from my ride in New York City last April. With Clarence Eckerson as my generous guide and bicycle provider, I cycled nearly 30 kilometers through Manhattan, Queens, and Brooklyn. In the video accompanying this post, …
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Cycling in New York City

BicycleDutch - 4 June, 2024 - 23:00
For the first time in my life, I visited New York City, and I even cycled there! I had heard and read so much about New York thanks to the significant developments in active transportation, the new green cycleways, and …
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Ride from Maaskantje to ʼs-Hertogenbosch

BicycleDutch - 28 May, 2024 - 23:00
This month has a fifth Wednesday, and you know what that means: I have a short extra post for you. I rode from Maaskantje to ʼs-Hertogenbosch. The tiny village of Maaskantje, which has merged with Den Dungen, may seem insignificant, …
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My hometown is planning to ban cars from the ringroad!

BicycleDutch - 14 May, 2024 - 23:00
The council of my hometown ‘s-Hertogenbosch has announced the publication of a traffic plan for its city core which the local press hailed as “historic”. The upcoming plans to redesign especially the ring of streets around the historic heart and …
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Politics aside: The Universal Appeal of Carmel Indiana’s Cycling infrastructure from a Dutch perspective

BicycleDutch - 30 April, 2024 - 23:00
Carmel, Indiana, probably isn’t the first place that comes to mind when you think about people-friendly city design and top-quality cycling infrastructure. But thanks to local Cycling Ambassador Mr. American Fietser, who moved to Carmel because of its outstanding cycling …
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Walking in The Hague

BicycleDutch - 16 April, 2024 - 23:00
You read that right; this week’s post is a small portrait of The Hague from the viewpoint of a pedestrian. I was on holiday recently and therefore had very little time to prepare a proper blog post for you. So, …
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A unique – stacked – tunnel in Hilversum

BicycleDutch - 2 April, 2024 - 23:00
Hilversum, internationally renowned as the home of TV and radio stations in the Netherlands, isn’t exactly celebrated for its cycling infrastructure, locally. However, it now boasts something truly exceptional: the Hilversum Alexiatunnel, the nation’s first and only double-layered railway underpass, …
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Ride Tilburg to ’s-Hertogenbosch

BicycleDutch - 19 March, 2024 - 23:00
This week’s video is a long ride from city hall in Tilburg to city hall in ’s-Hertogenbosch. I filmed this ride last autumn on November 17, 2023. I did not take the shortest route because that would have meant cycling …
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Cycling Safety in the Netherlands: Understanding the Challenges and Searching for Solutions

BicycleDutch - 5 March, 2024 - 23:00
The release of new traffic data has shed light on both positive and more troubling aspects of travel and traffic safety in the Netherlands. Especially the increased figures for cycling fatalities show a concerning trend regarding the safety of cyclists. …
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2022 ETSC Road Safety Index Conference

Dutch Cycling Embassy - 20 June, 2022 - 13:13

DCE joins meeting organized by European Transport Safety Council (ETSC) to review its new annual report.

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DCE joins POLIS in Glasgow

Dutch Cycling Embassy - 9 June, 2022 - 08:47

The Dutch Cycling Embassy was present at the POLIS Leadership Summit The Transition to Zero-Emission at the Glasgow.

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Austrian Journalists Visit the Netherlands

Dutch Cycling Embassy - 8 June, 2022 - 10:10

Dutch Cycling Embassy hosts group of television and newspaper reporters from Austria in Rotterdam.

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International Transport Forum Leipzig

Dutch Cycling Embassy - 8 June, 2022 - 08:27

The Dutch Cycling Embassy joined the International Transport Forum 2022 in Leipzig. 

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DCE Hosts Study Visit from Trnava, Slovakia

Dutch Cycling Embassy - 7 June, 2022 - 14:46

A high-level delegation from Trnava, Slovakia join a one-day study visit organized by the Dutch Cycling Embassy.

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World Bicycle Day with KfW Bank Frankfurt

Dutch Cycling Embassy - 7 June, 2022 - 14:39

Dutch Cycling Embassy travels to Frankfurt to attend special World Bicycle Day event with the KfW Bank.

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DCE Path Finding Mission in Japan

Dutch Cycling Embassy - 2 June, 2022 - 06:57

Dutch Cycling Embassy visits various cities in Japan to explore possible collaboration and knowledge exchange.

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Study Visit from Apulian Region, Italy

Dutch Cycling Embassy - 2 June, 2022 - 06:54

Dutch Cycling Embassy hosts group from Apulian Region of Italy as part of the EU Interreg project “EU Cycle”.

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Export Value of the Dutch Bicycle Sector

Dutch Cycling Embassy - 30 May, 2022 - 11:33

New report estimates the social export value of Dutch cycling is between 1.2 and 3.8 billion Euros per year.

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