Dear Mr Grunshaw
I write on behalf of Dynamo (Lancaster & District Cycle Campaign).
Our vision is for more people to make short, local journeys by bicycle. One stumbling block in trying to encourage novice or nervous riders onto bikes is the fear of danger on the roads. In some cases we have to admit that it does sometimes feel dangerous – and one of those dangers is motorists who don’t give us enough room when overtaking.
We would like to draw your attention to a scheme in the West Midlands where police officers on bikes proactively target such bad practices. Please read more at ://www.theguardian.com/environment/bike-blog/2016/sep/16/undercover-bike-cops-launch-best-ever-cycle-safety-scheme-in-birmingham?CMP=share_btn_tw and think seriously about it.
Before you dismiss this scheme as a gimmick, please give some thought to what one of the traffic officers says: “In about 98% of cases [the collision] was down to driver action; it was nothing to do with the cyclist”.
Please do give this scheme your careful consideration.