ABOUT THE RESEARCH
Greater knowledge, better cycling
Cycling near misses, like SMIDSY’s, close shaves or plain rudeness, can be unpleasant and off-putting. They can influence cycling behaviours and people’s decisions to cycle at all. If too frequent, they could serve as a warning for more serious incidents.
To prevent them, we need to know how common they are, why they happen and what effects they have on people.
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We asked people across the UK to tell us about their cycling experience on a particular day – the One Day Diary. We had over 1500 people report all cycle trips and any incidents happening on their diary day.
We’ve also been following Twitter, audio and video reports of near misses.
We want our findings to be used by planners and policy-makers; to inform street design, for example. We‘ll work to engage the public in an informed debate and help all road users better understand how a minor incident might affect a person cycling.