Boffin behind study driver behaviour when overtaking cyclists to give talk

 If you're in the Bath area tonight, it might be worth popping along to hear Dr Ian Walker, a psychologist from the University of Bath, speaking at the October meeting of the Bath Cycling Campaign.

His research looks at psychological and behavioural factors in road safety and travel behaviour.

He is probably best known for his study demonstrating that motorists leave less space when overtaking cyclists who are wearing helmets  - his reasoning being that they identified helmeted cyclists as being more experienced so the driver's perception of the possible risk when passing one was lower. 

The study showed that drivers gave more room when overtaking to helmetless riders and tfemale cyclists. The latter fact demonstrated, if memory serves, by Dr Walker cycling in a long blonde wig (who says science can't be fun).

Bath Cycling Campaign works to promote and encourage responsible cycling in the area. Membership is free and meetings are also open to non-members.

The meeting will be held at the Central United Reformed Church, Grove Street entrance, at 7.30pm

Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.