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26 September 2014 - 9:20pm
The risk of serious cycle injuries is increasing: Space for Cycling needed
With the Government's long-overdue 'Cycling and Walking Delivery Plan' still awaited, new Government figures show that, however you measure it, the risk of serious cycle injuries is increasing. The Government must act urgently to reverse this trend.
27 March 2014 - 4:50pm
The THINK! campaign for bikes is relaunched - CTC assesses its impact
The DfT's THINK! campaign
Running in some of the cities that received money for cycling recently, the THINK! campaign follows the now usual 'give and take' message that equates cyclists and drivers as similar sources of danger, both of which need to 'play their part'. However, the messages it sends out are largely sensible.
25 July 2013 - 9:58am
Velo-City 2013 - the 5 best presentations
Cycle infrastructure in Vienna is well marked, but often shared with pedestrians
CTC's Chris Peck attended and spoke at the biggest cycling advocacy conference in Vienna in June 2013. Here is his own presentation, and the pick of the crop from other sessions.
3 July 2013 - 8:33am
Fewer drivers killed but cycle serious injuries and deaths up in 2012: complacency over road safety?
Newer cars (left) are almost 3 times safer for occupants than older ones
Cycle serious casualties up 5% in 2012 against the previous year, the 8th consecutive year of increase, exceeding the background growth in cycling. Meanwhile pedestrian casualties have also started to rise, while those for car occupants are falling. What's happening?
11 December 2012 - 12:55pm
The Lords debate cycling... and it doesn't descend into abuse!
Lord Berkeley is Secretary to the APPCG and Vice-President of CTC
Normally, each time the House of Lords holds a short debate on cycling, up get a troop of seasoned peers to condemn the behaviour of cyclists. But yesterday's debate was refreshingly light on anti-cyclist drivel and strong on good policy.
2 December 2012 - 7:47pm
War on Britain’s roads: myth or reality?
The BBC's 'War on Britain's Roads'
Ahead of BBC1's documentary 'The War on Britain's Roads', CTC's Roger Geffen previews the programme and urges cyclists to provide feedback. He asks you to listen out for the claim that "reported incidents [..are..] on the rise", and tell us what "incidents" you think they are referring to.
27 September 2012 - 12:57pm
Detailed 2011 casualty figures reveal areas for concern
Who is getting injured, and how?
The detailed data for the 2011 casualty figures have been published by the Department for Transport, revealing where the worrying rise in casualties - first announced earlier in the year - is happening, and to whom.
3 September 2012 - 10:53am
EU-wide comparison shows GB has poor cycle use and cyclist safety, but we measure this superbly!
Cycle counter on the Camel Trail, Cornwall (photo CTC, © Dep't for Transport)
A new EU-wide comparison of cyclists' safety shows that Britain is among the top countries for measuring cycling . Now we need to make much better use of this information to substantially boost cycle use and improve cyclists' safety.
25 July 2012 - 9:14am
Mixed messages for cycle safety in London
Cyclists have clear priority at this junction in Copenhagen
Transport for London's announcement of plans to complete 50 cycle-friendly junction improvements by the end of 2013 (including ten by the end of 2012) is very welcome. However, the Mayor's draft road safety strategy, launched the same day, is itself very much in need of a "cycle-friendly redesign".
18 July 2012 - 10:55am
Government inaction on road safety costing lives
The Government has shown little leadership on 20 mph zones and limits
The Transport Select Committee report into road safety comes just a week after new guidance on setting local speed limits showed feeble leadership from Government. Where local authorities aren't performing, stronger direction is required from central Government to ensure road safety improves.
3 July 2012 - 3:31pm
Collapse in prosecution of bad driving
The Ministry of Justice produces statistics on offences and sentencing
The number of prosecutions for motoring offences in magistrates courts has fallen dramatically in the last ten years in all but three police force areas. Chris Peck looks in more detail at some of the numbers.
2 July 2012 - 10:41am
"16% increase in serious injuries" - so what's happening?
Cycle serious injuries have been rising as fast as cycle use in recent years
A closer analysis of cycle casualty data suggests one possible explanation lies in the weather in 2010. Unfortunately, determining risk without good data on cycle use continues to be problematic.
6 June 2012 - 2:10pm
'Safety in numbers' - how it works at a micro level
Riders on the Magnificat sportive negotiate a gravelly, blind bend
As near on 1,000 riders on the Magnificat sportive passed by at the weekend, I witnessed a great demonstration of safety in numbers - on a micro-level. The presence of those cyclists had a profound effect on driver behaviour.
28 May 2012 - 2:02pm
More cyclists = bad news, suggests silly press release
Apparently lots of cyclists means 'cycle unfriendly' according to new research
According to a new 'study' put together by a PR company, the fewer cyclists there are the more 'cycle friendly' a town is. This is exactly the thinking that has held back cycling for so long.
19 April 2012 - 9:58am
Alcohol and the law - which road users are worst?
A police officer carries out roadside checks but probably not on cyclists
Drunken cycling is an offence and a very bad idea. But is it much of a road safety problem? Police enforce some traffic laws, but seldom drunk cycling. CTC examined data for 5 years to see how many fatalities involve alcohol and cycling in this country.
10 April 2012 - 3:29pm
Who's to blame in crashes between cyclists and motorists?
A graph showing who is to blame - cyclist or driver?
Columnists in the tabloids - and sometimes the quality press as well - often blame cyclists for crashes with motor vehicles. Figures obtained from the Department for Transport reveal that cyclists - especially adults - generally aren't to blame and, in fact, more often the driver is.
9 February 2012 - 3:09pm
'Cities fit for cycling' - a bit of a backlash?
Cities fit for cycling logo
The Times' campaign to improve safety was widely welcomed and many have come out in support, but criticism of the aims and execution was inevitable. CTC's main concern is that the campaign doesn't acknowledge the health benefits of cycling.

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