21 December 2012 - 10:51am
Young people are driving less
The number of driving licence holders in Britain has fallen for the first time in decades, according to the National Travel Survey. The biggest changes, however, are in the different age groups. Fewer young people are obtaining licences, but the number of older people with licences is growing.
18 December 2012 - 2:08pm
Lenient sentencing is just the tip of the iceberg
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!
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 - 8:47pm
War on Britain’s roads: myth or reality?
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.
28 November 2012 - 5:58pm
Funding for cycling: are these crumbs from the table or a turning point?
£20m more for cycling, and new guidance from NICE, but will these have much of an effect? Experience from Europe suggests political will needs to be combined with sustained investment over decades to grow cycling. Chris Peck examines the recent history of funding for cycling.
22 November 2012 - 3:19pm
Can you see me in the dark?
All cyclists can sometimes feel invisible on the road and in winter. So how can they be more visible to drivers? CTC's Victoria Hazael shares her thoughts on lights and hi-viz clothing.
16 November 2012 - 11:37am
Open meeting with CPS on how they prosecute bad driving offences
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
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
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.
1 October 2012 - 11:05am
Cycletopia in Lancaster?
As one of the original Cycle Demonstration Towns (CDT) Lancaster has been trying to move towards the cycling nirvana depicted in CTC’s Cycletopia. So after all the effort and increased spending what have we achieved? Matt Hodges, CTC's representative in Lancaster, gives his views.
27 September 2012 - 1:57pm
Detailed 2011 casualty figures reveal areas for concern
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.
26 September 2012 - 11:30am
Cycletopia - what can't be seen is just as important
Our Cycletopia project shows 15 things that can be done to make towns better for cycling. Most of these are infrastructure related: slower speeds, better road design, cycle parking at destinations. But some are less tangible. Strong leadership and policy directions are ultimately what is required.
12 August 2012 - 10:30am
20 mph casualty figures - another failure to properly evaluate risk
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.
10 August 2012 - 9:01am
The Olympics and me
Just a few seconds into watching the Olympics and I can’t help rewinding to sports and games at school, but before I tell you whether my mind finds any pleasure in these reflections, I must state that I’m all for physical activity as part of school-life and wish it well.
25 July 2012 - 10:14am
Mixed messages for cycle safety in London
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
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 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.