Reporting incidents when walking

Some BWA supporters have experienced close shaves or even personal injury when walking in areas where pedestrians should have priority. The statistics collected nationally on collisions only include those reported via the police – typically involving vehicles on roads. However, to make all routes safer, there needs to be better reporting of incidents of all kinds, whether on roads, cycleways, pavements or shared routes.

Here is a quick guide on how to report incidents to the police.

It can be very difficult for a pedestrian to gather sufficient evidence of an incident for the police to take further action. However, incidents should preferably be reported to the police even if there is little chance of prosecution. This allows the frequency of the offence to be estimated, and locations to be spotted that might warrant further action.

One thought on “Reporting incidents when walking”

  1. Incidents involving pedestrians/cyclists are definitely under-reported. This is mainly because the cyclists disappear without leaving their details! I have twice been injured by cyclists who were doing something unexpected (and illegal). The latest incident occurred on 2 August 2016, when I was mowed down by a cyclist riding on the pavement near Primark. I twisted out of the way, to avoid a head-on collision. The cyclist barely slowed down, as he ploughed on regardless. I tore the cartilage in my knee, and have suffered several months of impaired mobility.

    Needless to say, I am not a great fan of ‘shared space’.

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