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14 June 2013 - 9:48am
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 - 10:04am
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 - 5:24pm
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 - 1:41pm
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 - 11:12am
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 - 11:07am
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 - 2:08pm
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.
11 December 2012 - 1:55pm
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.
6 December 2012 - 11:28am
The BBC’s 'War on Britain’s Roads': how should we respond?
The BBC's 'War on Britain's Roads' programme
Now that the programme has been broadcast - with some important edits compared with the preview version - Roger Geffen advises against simply venting anger and instead suggests some positive outcomes.
2 December 2012 - 8:47pm
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.
16 November 2012 - 11:37am
Open meeting with CPS on how they prosecute bad driving offences
Crown Prosecution Service
Road crash victims' charity RoadPeace held a timely open meeting on Tuesday (13.11.12) about the Crown Prosecution Service's proposed new guidance on prosecuting bad driving offences. It was a powerful, emotive and well informed panel discussion, which the CPS will hopefully take heed of.
11 October 2012 - 6:49pm
From the archive - The Times, 1st August 1934
The Times carried CTC's views on road safety
In 1934 the Times published a statement from the Cyclists' Touring Club on road safety. Many of the issues raised still resonate - while in other areas the suggestions appear ludicrous in the modern day.
8 October 2012 - 2:40pm
'Ban bikes from A-roads' suggests judge
The junction on the A38 where Pat Kenny was killed in January 2011
Staffordshire Crown Court Resident Judge Simon Tonking has stirred up controversy by writing to The Times arguing that cyclists be banned from dualled roads. His comments are repugnant in part because he presided over the case of Pat Kenny, whose killer was given a community sentence in April 2012.
28 September 2012 - 12:27pm
Notes from the LibDem conference fringe
LibDem logo
Earlier this week I spoke at two fringe events at the LibDem conference. The first was also addressed by Julian Huppert MP, co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group, the second by cycling minister Norman Baker. Both set out their stall as highly impressive advocates for cycling.
27 September 2012 - 1:57pm
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 - 11:53am
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.
12 August 2012 - 10:30am
20 mph casualty figures - another failure to properly evaluate risk
20 mph limits - are they really less safe?
The number of road casualties on streets with 20 mph limits have increased by a quarter in one year. Unfortunately those figures fail to take into account the change in the number of 20 mph streets, which have been increasing steadily, particularly in the last year.
25 July 2012 - 10:14am
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".
20 July 2012 - 1:05pm
BMA calls for health to drive transport policy
BMA calls for health, not the economy, to drive transport policy
The British Medical Association's hard-hitting new report on Transport and Health calls for traffic restraint, challenging walking and cycling targets, improved provision for walking and cycling, 20mph speed limits, and health sector action to promote active travel. Will the Government take note?
18 July 2012 - 11:55am
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.

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