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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.
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Although the ASA has provisionally withdrawn its ruling against Cycling Scotland's TV advert, the fight isn't over yet.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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
8 November 2013 - 9:58pm
Jon Snow, CTC President and newscaster, chairs Cycling Scotland Conference
Jon Snow CTC President & Chris Oliver CTC Scotland Chairman
The ninth Cycling Scotland Conference was held at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow. The conference bought together active travel professionals, campaigners, volunteers, national and local politicians to learn from each other and to network.
25 October 2013 - 1:09pm
The Roadshare Campaign for presumed liability in Scotland
The Roadshare Campaign for presumed liability in Scotland
On Tuesday, 29 October 2013, the Scottish Parliament will debate proposals for 'presumed liability' rules (also known as 'stricter liability'), whereby motorists involved in collisions with cyclists or pedestrians would be presumed liable in a civil law claim against them for damages.
26 September 2013 - 2:41pm
Get a lorry driver's eye view at the Cycle Show - take a listen!
'Exchanging Places' at the Cycle Show
The Cycle Show is busy already on day one. Here at the NEC in Hall 11, Alex from the Apprentice is at large, the press room is buzzing - partly due to the coffee on tap - and the exhibitors are peddling their wares!
18 September 2013 - 2:54pm
Road safety procession to be held on Sat 21st in Birmingham in Hope Fennell's name
13-year-old Hope Fennell was killed whilst crossing a pedestrian crossing
This week Hope Fennell would have turned 15 had her short life not been tragically ended in 2011. A procession calling for improved road safety will be held in her name on Saturday 21 September in Birmingham.
10 September 2013 - 3:07pm
Why the Cyclist's Defence Fund is supporting one cyclist’s challenge of a FPN
ASLs are good for cyclists, but could be better
A few weeks ago, Alex Paxton was issued with a fixed penalty notice (FPN) for failing to stop at a red light, yet all he was doing was positioning himself in front of a car which had illegally occupied the advanced stop box.
3 September 2013 - 1:54pm
ACPO to revise guidance on enforcement of 20 mph
Suzette Davenport, ACPO roads policing lead, receiving the Road Justice report
Transport Minister Norman Baker announced last night during the Parliamentary debate on how to Get Britain Cycling, that the ACPO roads policing lead has agreed to rewrite the ACPO guidance on the enforcement of 20 mph limits.

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