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  • Two Tribes: what drivers think about other road users?

    President, Automobile Association Edmund King

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    Road Safety GB Annual Conference 2012Two Tribes? What drivers think about other road users

    Edmund KingPresident of the Automobile AssociationVisiting Professor of Transport - Newcastle University

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    The AA

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    The UK's leading provider of driver training, assessment and driver awareness schemes has four key divisions Academy, DriverAware, Commercial and Passenger Vehicles and FleetSafe.

    The DriverAware Division delivers: Driver awareness schemes for motorists involved in collisions or who have committed offences including speeding, mobile phones, jumping a level crossing or red light, or not wearing a seat belt. DriverAware also runs national RIDE (Rider Intervention and Developing Experience) Schemes for motorcyclists and the London Cycle Safe Scheme for cyclists who have committed an offence.

    AA DriveTech is also looking to facilitate Bikeability training.

    AA DriveTech

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    The AA Charitable Trust: CoursesDrive Smart2 hours of AA Driving School tuitionFree to at risk driversHelps over-confident, dangerous driversTeaches safer and more eco-friendly driving techniquesEvaluation 94% of respondents rated their instructor as very good or good

    Only 2% have since gone on to have an accident or traffic offence. All had had at least one in the year before taking the course.

    86% said they had improved their fuel consumption as a result of taking the course

    89% would recommend Drive Smart to a friend or family member

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    The AA Charitable Trust: CoursesDrive Confident Free 2 hours of AA Driving School tuitionHelps nervous, rusty or lapsed driversAdapts to suit their needs e.g. motorways, parking, roundabouts

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    The AA Charitable Trust: Campaigns and ProjectsYoung Drivers at RiskNigel Mansell launched report at Silverstone ClassicSought greater and road safety education and off-road driving opportunities for u17sDrive for OpportunityFunding for young people in Bristol social care system to learn to drive Potential to roll the course out to other areas Dangerous Drivers SchoolSecond series of the Channel 5 show due in early 2013Shows AA instructors helping drivers combat their problems with a Drive Confident /Drive Smart courseWinner of the FIA 2012 Innovation Award

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    The AA President

    Shock news AA President cycles

    Edmund King, the President of the Automobile Association, is an urban cyclist and a weekend warrior

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    The AA Magazine

    There has been an explosion of interest in cycling, and we must do all we can to continue to fuel it

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    The AA Magazine We really must get past the dangerous them and us mentality that sours interactions between different groups (and even sub-groups) of road users be they pedestrians, cyclists, motorcyclists or drivers of vehicles large and small. Cycle campaigners often do themselves no favours in this respect, and motorists can be just as bad. Motorists see cyclists running red lights. Cyclists see motorists cutting them up.

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    The man in the car

    So what do AA members really think?

    About the cycling tribe?

    About the other tribes?

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    Road Safety GB Annual Conference 2012Two Tribes?

    Audience Participation

    Edmund KingPresident of the Automobile AssociationVisiting Professor of Transport - Newcastle University

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    20,000 respond every month

    Vetted by Populus

    Sample is AA members. They almost certainly drive. The vast majority walk and some cycle. Some are motorcyclists.

    The AA/Populus Panel

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    A little backgroundThe AA Populus polls have consistently shown that 69-75 per cent of drivers find speed cameras acceptable

    They have shown considerable support for cutting the legal drink drive limit and random breath testing.

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    A tribe of reasonable people Nearly half think that pedestrian crossings allow enough time for pedestrians Two thirds disagree with the statement bus lanes are unnecessary Over 60% think there are not enough cycle lanes Less than a fifth believe that most motorcyclists only ride for pleasure

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    Equality amongst tribes?Cyclists and drivers are equal partners on the road: 54% agree, 34% disagree.

    Cyclists have good grounds to feel upset at the way: drivers treat them57% agree, 33% disagree.

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    Two tribes sometimes go to warCyclists behave better than motorists on the road: 13% agree, 53% disagree

    Most cyclists behaviour on the road cannot be: criticised 28% agree, 51% disagree.

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    There are some views about other tribes Misbehaviour by cyclists on the road is largely ignored by the police: 69% agree, 11% disagree.

    Cyclists in normal clothes behave better on the road than those wearing cycling gear: 18% agree, 36% disagree, 42% neither agree nor disagree.

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    Some tribes make us angry. Which road users make you feel most angry when drivingCar drivers 45%Pedestrians 1%Motorcyclists 6%White vans18%Buses 4%Cyclists 13%

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    others dont 36% of drivers listed pedestrians in the three least likely to make me angry groups.

    23% put cyclists there,

    But only 9% put other car drivers there

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    Road Safety GB Annual Conference 2012Two Tribes?

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    Edmund KingPresident of the Automobile AssociationVisiting Professor of Transport - Newcastle University

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    Tribal costume Cyclists should wear helmetsAs a legal requirement 65% As a common sense measure32%No 2%

    But the AA does not call for compulsory wear

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    Road Safety GB Annual Conference 2012Two Tribes?

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    Edmund KingPresident of the Automobile AssociationVisiting Professor of Transport - Newcastle University

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    Tribal costume Cyclists should wear reflective jacketsAs a legal requirement 58% As a common sense measure40%No 2%

    But the AA does not call for compulsory wear

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    Keeping the peaceTHE AA WANTS:

    All road users to follow the Highway Code More cycle routes/lanes where quieter alternative routes do not exist More widespread cycle proficiency and truck/cycle awareness training More cycle-safety elements in the driving testReview of urban pinch points for cyclists

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    Keeping the peaceTHE AA DOESNT WANT

    The licensing of bicycles Compulsory cycle helmet useDeaths and injuriesCyclists scared off the roadThe two tribes going to war

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    Affect all the tribes

    AA StreetwatchAA Pothole assist

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    Road Safety GB Annual Conference 2012Two Tribes? What drivers think about other road users

    Edmund KingPresident of the Automobile AssociationVisiting Professor of Transport - Newcastle University

  • Slide for AA Background with cycling overtone.Establish your foot in both camps credentialsWhat weve said in public, through the magazineand which has generally been well receivedTime to ask for votes on first three questions - Do you drive a car? Y NDo you ride a bike? Y NDo you own a car and a Bike Y N

    Hope that the answer shows many do both and show that that is reflected in the Populus Panel. Generally I use this with a road safety audience to show that there is a lot that they like in Populus, and to suggest they may remember that if they dont like other answers. We arent talking about 20000 Mr ToadsDoes your attitude towards other road users change depending on whether you are on a bike or driving?Because if it does it is only right and proper that these figures would be reversed with an audience that was primarily cyclistHelmets Question hereDo you think cyclists should wear helmets?Yes, as a legal requirementYes, as a common sense precaution but not a legal requirementNoDon't know

    Jackets question hereDo you think cyclists should wear reflective jacketsYes, as a legal requirementYes, as a common sense precaution but not a legal requirementNoDon't know

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