Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get in touch with Collideoscope?
Here’s our contact page.
What sort of incidents should I reports on Collideoscope?
Collideoscope is for reporting two kinds of incident involving a cyclist: near-misses in which an injury could have occurred or actual incidents in which a cyclists, motorist or bystander was hurt.
What isn’t Collideoscope for?

Collideoscope is not a way of getting in touch with the council for all transport issues – please use Collideoscope only for reporting incidents such as the above.

Collideoscope is not a replacement for a police report, be sure to report any incident involving a vehicle to your local police department.

Finally Collideoscope website is not for reporting any incident that needs medical attention. Users should continue to use the normal routes to access healthcare.

How do I use the site?
After entering a postcode or location, you are presented with a map of that area. You can view problems already reported in that area, or incident ones of your own simply by clicking on the map at the location of the incident.
What happens next?
Incidents are sent to the relevant highways department by email, details are also shared anonymously with supporting campaign groups.
What is STATS19?
Incidents on the public highway in Great Britain, reported to the police and which involve human injury or death, are recorded by police officers onto a STATS19 report form and published annually by the Department for Transport. This site shows incidents involving a bicycle within the last 12 months from the 2013 STATS19 release.
Is it free?
The site is free to use, yes. The site is supported financially by our sponsors, if you're interested in become a sponsor get in touch.
Can I use Collideoscope on my mobile?

The Collideoscope website will already work on your mobile phone's browser, adapting to the size of your screen automatically.

Practical Questions

I’m from a council, where do you send the incidents?
You can either leave a test incident or contact us to find out where incidents go at the moment. Also contact us to update the address or addresses we use.
I’m from a council, can we have Collideoscope on our website?
Yes you can! We offer branded, hosted versions of Collideoscope for local council websites, as we do for FixMyStreet. get in touch for more details.
Do you remove silly or illegal content?
Collideoscope are not responsible for the content and accuracy of material submitted by its users. We reserve the right to edit or remove any problems or updates which we consider to be inappropriate upon being informed by a user of the site.
Why does the site use kilometres for measurements?
The British national grid reference system, devised by Ordnance Survey (the British national mapping agency) around the time of the second world war, uses eastings and northings measured in metres and kilometres; the maps we use are from Ordnance Survey and so this is what we use to display distances. There you have it: not everything British is in miles!
Why can’t I zoom out more on the reporting map?
We want to keep Collideoscope locally focused, so restrict the ability to move radically between areas. The map on Your incidents will let you see all the incidents you’ve made, wherever they are. If you’re from the council then the emailed version of the problem incident also contains the closest road and postcode to the pin on the map.
This site is great – why aren’t you better publicised?
We're focussing on making Collideoscope as good as it can be for the moment, for the benefit of our users and our sponsors. As a result we rely on word of mouth to advertise the site.

Organisation Questions

Who built Collideoscope?
Collideoscope was built by mySociety and Integrated Transport Planning Ltd. It is based upon the FixMyStreet project, See full credits for FixMyStreet.
Why build Collideoscope?

This website is our attempt to enable society to collaborate in order to collect some much-needed evidence to inform the ongoing cycle-safety debate. Our aim is to build a map of cycling-related incidents and near-misses for the UK so that transport planners, health researchers and decision-makers can see for the first time where incidents are happening, how often they take place, and how serious they are. We believe this kind of evidence fills a gap that will potentially enable local Councils to make proactive changes to highway environments so as to prevent serious, and potentially fatal, cycling incidents from occurring in the future.