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27 November 2013 - 9:54pm
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 - 7:07pm
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 - 10:49am
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 - 12:13pm
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 - 8:58pm
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 - 12:09pm
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 - 1:41pm
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 - 1:54pm
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 - 2:07pm
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 - 12:54pm
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.
8 August 2013 - 1:43pm
CTC's Top 10 for Number 10 to Get Britain Cycling
Will No 10 find the funding to make Cycletopia a reality?
With a government announcement on cycling reportedly imminent, here are CTC's priorities for what we'd like it to say.
23 July 2013 - 9:28am
Cyclist's letter to the Mayor of London calls for safer infrastructure for cycling
Dutch cycle tracks
A cyclist who witnessed the aftermath of the crash which killed cyclist Alan Neve on the Holborn gyratory has written this letter to the Mayor of London, appealing to him to improve cycling infrastructure in the capital
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?
14 June 2013 - 8:48am
BMA's helmet stance questioned as USA safety authorities drop key helmet claim
London Mayor Boris Johnson wants to "delycrafy" cycling
As American cycle campaigners persuade the US safety authorities to drop a key claim for the effectiveness of helmets, and new evidence suggesting that Canada's helmet laws had no detectable effect, the BMA's stance on helmet laws is questioned by Ben Goldacre of 'Bad Science' fame.
28 May 2013 - 9:04am
Personal message from acquaintance of Audrey Fyfe and George Dalgity
Audrey Fyfe - the second of McCourt's victims
CTC has been contacted by an acquaintance of both Audrey Fyfe and George Dalgity. He sent in a heartfelt but considered letter, which he gave us permission to share.
15 May 2013 - 4:24pm
Letter delivered to Lord Advocate supporting sentence appeal
Letter delivered to the Lord Advocate supporting an appeal of the sentence
On 14 May CTC’s Chief Executive, Gordon Seabright, CTC Scotland’s Councillor, Peter Hayman, and CTC’s Road Safety campaigner, Rhia Weston, met with relatives of Gary McCourt’s two victims; Audrey Fyfe and George Dalgity at the Crown Office in Edinburgh.
15 April 2013 - 12:41pm
PCCs respond to the 'Prioritise this' campaign
Cyclists' safety should be prioritised by police
In February CTC set up the ‘Prioritise this!’ campaign, which asked cyclists to email their newly elected Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) and call on them to prioritise road safety in their imminent Police and Crime Plans for 2013-2016. Thank you to all 521 of you who took action.
22 March 2013 - 10:12am
Careless driving charge contested by the Cycling Lawyer
Lorry driver overtaking dangerously close
The Crown Prosecution Service has a penchant for reducing motoring offences from dangerous to careless. The bureaucratic loops one must jump through to challenge this decision put most people off pursuing a complaint, but a prominent barrister has done just that.
21 December 2012 - 10:07am
Crushing a cyclist with a lorry while on a mobile - is that really "careless" driving?
The Ministry of Justice
After a week in which we learnt of two disturbing acquittals for alleged driving offences, Roger Geffen reflects on a meeting with Justice Minister Helen Grant MP, and looks forward hopefully to action to address the legal system's compacent response to bad driving in 2013.
18 December 2012 - 1:08pm
Lenient sentencing is just the tip of the iceberg
Stop SMIDSY campaign
As the Mary Bowers’ case demonstrates careless driving charges and small fines do not reflect the severity of crimes committed by bad drivers. Sentences, therefore, need to be harsher, but we must also be aware of the large number of collisions that do not even make it to court in the first place.




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