Road safety Archives - samuelshoesmith.uk

Why the abnormal felt so normal

It has been a long since I last updated my blog.  I may one day explore the reasons for this massive gap, or I may not. A few weeks ago for one of the first time in a very long time I felt normal and it was doing something that so many people would find […]

Travel and Transport in Wellingborough and North Northants

We now have a new council – the North Northants Unitary and May 6th presents an opportunity to vote in a better solution in Wellingborough and North Northamptonshire.  With services all controlled by one authority, our overall travel and transport strategy can be unified and can be so much better if it becomes Labour controlled. […]

What’s happening with close passes?

A group of police officers sit staring at a computer screen watching a piece of video footage submitted by Samuel Shoesmith.  They listen to him exclaim as the car overtakes within mere inches of his bicycle.  They look at each other.  They laugh.  “Oh, we haven’t got time for this.  The driver of the car […]

First Critical Mass Wellingborough

Back on Friday 31st July 2020, Wellingborough held its first ever Critical Mass. What follows is collection of photos and videos from the day.    It was such a massive success.  At its peak, there were 67 people cycling in one big group.  As I have watched some of the videos back, it seemed […]

World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims

Yesterday was the World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. Within the last two hours both within a mile of my home, there have been two separate crashes. One involving three cars. One involving an unknown number of cars and a motorbike. Reports are looking bad for the motorcyclist. Think of the devastation to […]

London and Brighton Naked Bicycle Rides

Every year since 2014, I have cycled in the London part of the World Naked Bike Ride.  This year, like usual, I stripped off and cycled in the capital back on Saturday 8th June 2019 with hundreds and hundreds of other cyclists.  But this year, on the following day I then cycled in the Brighton […]

Hello sunshine, hello close pass

The sun is finally here. I have been waiting for such a long time for better weather. Cycling in the wind, rain, sleet or snow is not the best. But I don’t let it put me off. The sun is now beating down, with clear blue skies, and no wind and it makes me feel […]

Police response to close pass

On Wednesday 7th February 2018, I received a call back from the control room of Northamptonshire Police about a close pass I reported on 2nd February.  I answered the call feeling optimistic and hopeful; I’ve reported a few instances of close passes over the years and slowly but surely the responses seemed to be getting […]

Happy New Year 2018!

Happy New Year everyone!  It is now 2018!  Wooah. 2017 was generally a great year!  A few blips.  Enormous thanks go to everyone who made it wonderful and supported me.  I am someone who really focusses on connections.  An act, gesture, or spoken word, even if it was tiny, would have really made an impact. […]

There and back

On Wednesday 19th April 2017 I cycled to Peterborough and back. I touch type.  As I talked about my journey, I typed what I said.  I of course went back and re-read it a few times.  I made a few edits.  I decided to then voice record it.  When I listen back to it in […]

How to be good in a big metal box

This video is entitled “How to be good in a big metal box”. These past few days have been glorious.  The sun has been shining and the wind has been low which means it has been perfect cycling weather. Despite feeling very happy I had a few moments of sadness.  In this video, I show […]

Protest, crawl and ppaaarrttayy

I had a bloody good time. On Saturday 11th February I was scheduled to work and did everything I could to get the day off.  I managed it.  The week before I had met up with Tom who had said about the idea of doing a Spoons bar crawl.  That Saturday was also the day […]

Happy New Year 2017! 

Happy New Year everyone! 2016 was a pretty great year for me. A huge thank you to everyone who made it wonderful. Life can be taken so fast so it’s important to grasp it and enjoy it. Live it! Carpe diem. YOLO. I shall make 2017 a special one. The plans on how to do […]

Me. How could anyone not see those shorts?

Nearly hit on a zebra

I am not usually a pedestrian.  I often leave the house and become a passenger in a motorcar, and maybe later a train, or more probably I mount my bicycle.  Today with the rain on and off I thought I would walk the short distance I needed to go.  Using a car would be sinful […]

If we evolved to survive car crashes

I haven’t been myself recently.  I had fallen behind with what I term the “admin of life” but could see the light at the end of the tunnel and then suddenly I was involved in a traffic collision.  I consequently fell even further behind and just haven’t been able to catch up. As well as […]

Road traffic collision

Yesterday I was in a nasty crash. Coming along Northampton Road before it becomes Oxford Street, I approached a car in front of me.  It hit the brakes, indicated left and made a left manoeuvre.  Despite hitting my brakes, there wasn’t enough time for me to stop.  The time between her indicating and turning was […]

World Naked Bike Ride 2016

I recently took off my clothes and rode a bicycle around London for my third World Naked Bike Ride. It has now become an annual event and one which I would not miss. The event is a series of protests and one of making statements. It calls on society to reduce its reliance on cars […]

Tesla Model 3

I have never been “into” cars but I have always been able to spot a beauty and this is certainly one.  Today the Tesla Model 3 was announced as an “affordable car”. Not only does it look pretty aesthetically but the concept behind it is beautiful.  A fully electric car.  The idea has been floating […]

Should cycle helmets be compulsory?  No!

Everyone seems to have an opinion on it!  A few people have told me that cyclists should have to wear a helmet.  No they should no.  I have tried explaining but the points about the inconvenience of wearing one and my feeling that drivers give me more room when I am helmet free didn’t have […]

Road safety

I will use this blog post as a pointer to a new static area on my site under Musings & Ideas called “Road Safety“. On 29th January, on my way to the gym I noticed this just over a mile from home. How? The police would have conducted interviews with those involved and if necessary […]