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Near Miss Project online diary registration opens

Returning for a second year, the project looks to build evidence book to improve cycle safety
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Blaze has once again teamed up with Dr. Rachel Aldred, Senior Lecturer in Transport at the University of Westminster, to bring back the Near Miss Project, a study researching ‘near misses’: cycling incidents that don’t result in injuries.

Registration for the project is open now and runs until the 1st November and is looking to recruit 2,000 cyclists from the United Kingdom. Participants will be asked to complete an online diary, sharing experiences from their cycle trips and whether they have had any near miss experiences. Cyclists wishing to sign up to take part in the Near Miss Project's second study can find out more information and register interest on www.nearmiss.bike.

Blaze Founder & CEO, Emily Brooke said: “We are so pleased that the Near Miss Project is back for a second year. Data collection from cyclists is imperative to helping people better understand how to make cycling safer, for everyone. We urge everyone to get involved and help achieve our overall aim of helping to making the roads safer for cyclists, pedestrians and motorists.”

The project doesn’t seem like slowing down either, with plans already underway to take it global, with cross country comparisons potentially proving to be invaluable when analysing near misses and experiences, all of which hope to make cycling safer for everyone.

Dr Aldred commented: “The Near Miss Project was the first to generate per-mile near miss rates for cyclists in the UK. Gathering more data will allow us to drill down into different incident types and how they affect people. Increasingly organisations such as TfL are seeing near misses as very important both for improving cycling experience, and for helping to reduce injury risk.”

Recommendations taken from the most recent study are set to be presented in parliament towards the end of 2015.

Further details of the Near Miss Project at nearmiss.bike

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