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29 July 2015 - 1:07pm
Was Boris Johnson 'naughty' for giving his wife a backie?
Boris Johnson Cycling Bike Backie
Earlier this week, Mayor of London, Boris Johnson hit the headlines for giving his wife a backie on his bike. Our reaction - he was 'very naughty' and 'We would never encourage cyclists to break the law'. David Murray explores the world of the backie in more detail.
1 June 2015 - 12:48pm
What’s legal - and what’s not - on your bike?
Road cyclists riding side by side
CTC volunteer Margaret-Anne Orgill takes a look at cyclists and the law.
25 March 2015 - 11:07am
We need road crash victims' rights
Roger Geffen at Michael Mason vigil. Photo by Joe Dunckley
The insensitive treatment of Michael Mason's grieving family by the Metropolitan Police is representative of the experience of many road crash victims. CTC's Rhia Weston explains the need for the Victims Bill to enshrine the rights of those victimised by road crime.
16 March 2015 - 11:30pm
Does the Driving Test need to change?
UK Driving Licence and paper copy with permission from DVLA
Over eight decades the Driving Test has undergone many changes but, as we know from bitter experience fighting for justice for cyclists at CTC, a minority of drivers do not understand how to drive safely near cyclists. That is why CTC's Victoria Hazael wants to see a few changes made to the test.
9 March 2015 - 12:14pm
Should children cycle on the pavement?
A four-year old girl cycling in the park
A police officer in Lincolnshire reportedly threatened to confiscate a four-year-old girl's bicycle because she was cycling on the pavement. CTC's Victoria Hazael explains where the law stands on children cycling on the pavement.
31 October 2014 - 6:52pm
Should the Prime Minister Get Britain Cycling?
David Cameron with racing bike
CTC's campaigns and communications co-ordinator Sam Jones discusses whether the latest Governmental response on cycling is further evidence of cycling's need for strong political leadership
26 September 2014 - 10:20pm
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.
12 September 2014 - 8:32am
Dazzling bike lights
Beam pattern of Exposure Strada
Time was, when the suggestion that a bike lamp could be too bright would have been laughable. How times change. CTC's Chris Juden explains that thanks to developments in LEDs and rechargeable batteries, our dim and unreliable ‘bobby dodgers’ have become bobby dazzlers!
2 September 2014 - 4:54pm
Lorry driver sentenced but spotlight needed on operators
Lorries are involved in 18% of cyclists' deaths per year in Great Britain
If ever there was a case that demonstrated the need to impose immediate interim driving bans on drivers that kill cyclists, this is it. CTC's Road Safety Campaigner Rhia Weston examines the evidence.
16 June 2014 - 4:10pm
Do judges wilfully misinterpret sentencing guidelines?
Sentencing guidelines for driving offences must be overhauled
Rhia Weston examines whether judges wilfully misinterpret sentencing guidelines when imposing driving bans.
27 March 2014 - 5:50pm
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.
30 January 2014 - 9:30pm
Now send us your 'irresponsible' walking-down-the-street adverts!
How many TV adverts breach Highway Code rule 3?
Although the ASA has provisionally withdrawn its ruling against Cycling Scotland's TV advert, the fight isn't over yet. Please send us videos showing how a ban on helmet-free cycling in TV ads would be like refusing to show people on the streets at night without reflective clothing.
29 January 2014 - 12:54pm
Which car ads show breaches of the Highway Code?
A car ad involving driving around with flares was accepted by the ASA
The ASA ruling that outlaws cyclists not wearing helmets and riding outside 'secondary position' is a very hazy interpretation of the Highway Code and cycle training expertise. If you've got examples of car ads that show Highway Code infringements by drivers, let us know and we'll collect them here.
29 January 2014 - 10:54am
Which ads are now banned? Your examples wanted
Unhelmeted hipsters riding all over a promenade. Tsk tsk.
The ASA's bizarre ruling (under appeal by Cycling Scotland) that all cyclists must now be helmeted and cyclists must adopt dangerous road positioning has caused anger amongst the cycling community. If you've got examples of ads that would now be banned, please send them here.
6 January 2014 - 2:23pm
Cycling through the floods
The River Wey and towpath - normally a cycle route
The last few weeks of flooding have brought challenges and dangers, and shows how fragile our cycling infrastructure is. Chris Peck examines some of the problems the flooded conditions have brought - and asks for your experiences.
2 December 2013 - 10:46am
A thousand cyclists and pedestrians 'die-in' in London
A thousand people joined the 'Stop Killing Cyclists' event in London
On Friday evening, 29 November, a thousand people took part in a peaceful die-in and vigil outside Transport for London's offices. The message for the authorities was simple - help stop the killing of cyclists and pedestrians in London. CTC's Cherry Allan and Rhia Weston were there.
27 November 2013 - 10:54pm
Don't just train people to avoid lorry danger - minimise it, says CTC
CTC President Jon Snow giving evidence in Parliament
As MPs demand answers on cycle safety, CTC says that raising people's awareness of risk, and training them to avoid it, are the best 'quick wins'. But the 'big wins' involve reducing it.
18 November 2013 - 8:07pm
Boris must stop ducking responsibility for action to save lives
Boris is accused of mis-representing how cyclists die. Photo: Yurri (CC licence)
CTC's Campaigns Director Roger Geffen argues that Boris's "finger-pointing" is pointed in the wrong direction, and calls for real solutions to the dangers faced by pedestrians as well as cyclists.
18 November 2013 - 11:49am
Reflecting on World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims
RoadPeace Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum
Yesterday, the third Sunday of November, was World Day of Remembrance for Road Traffic Victims. Events and services took place throughout the UK and CTC's Chair of Council, David Cox, joined a rememberance ride in Birmingham.
15 November 2013 - 1:13pm
Road Justice local campaigners receive media training
Campaigner Mick Nott doing a pre-recorded interview
This week, Road Justice local campaigners attended a day of media training to equip them with the skills to raise awareness of the Road Justice campaign in their area and to press local decision makers to improve road safety.

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