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8 October 2012 - 1:40pm
'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.
1 October 2012 - 10:05am
Cycletopia in Lancaster?
A new ramp now connects the canal towpath to the Lune Cycle Path
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 - 12:57pm
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.
26 September 2012 - 10:30am
Cycletopia - what can't be seen is just as important
Strong leadership is required to implement schemes
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.
3 September 2012 - 10:53am
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 - 9:30am
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.
10 August 2012 - 8:01am
The Olympics and me
Wiggins winning the Olympics Time Trial
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 - 9:14am
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 - 12:05pm
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 - 10:55am
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.
13 July 2012 - 4:29pm
Health journal highlights ‘inactivity pandemic’
Health journal The Lancet has highlighted a global inactivity “pandemic”, highlighting both the scale of the problem and the evidence of what works to tackle it.
3 July 2012 - 3:31pm
Collapse in prosecution of bad driving
The Ministry of Justice produces statistics on offences and sentencing
The number of prosecutions for motoring offences in magistrates courts has fallen dramatically in the last ten years in all but three police force areas. Chris Peck looks in more detail at some of the numbers.
2 July 2012 - 10:41am
"16% increase in serious injuries" - so what's happening?
Cycle serious injuries have been rising as fast as cycle use in recent years
A closer analysis of cycle casualty data suggests one possible explanation lies in the weather in 2010. Unfortunately, determining risk without good data on cycle use continues to be problematic.
22 June 2012 - 10:21am
Talking cycling to Northern Ireland’s politicians, planners and the public
Mike McKillen, Mai-Britt Kristensen and Roger Geffen at Stormont castle
Wednesday was one of the most meeting-packed days I can remember, with 2 Ministers, one parliamentary select committee, a presentation to some traffic planners, a visit to a cycle-friendly school and a public meeting all in one day!
6 June 2012 - 2:10pm
'Safety in numbers' - how it works at a micro level
Riders on the Magnificat sportive negotiate a gravelly, blind bend
As near on 1,000 riders on the Magnificat sportive passed by at the weekend, I witnessed a great demonstration of safety in numbers - on a micro-level. The presence of those cyclists had a profound effect on driver behaviour.
28 May 2012 - 2:02pm
More cyclists = bad news, suggests silly press release
Apparently lots of cyclists means 'cycle unfriendly' according to new research
According to a new 'study' put together by a PR company, the fewer cyclists there are the more 'cycle friendly' a town is. This is exactly the thinking that has held back cycling for so long.
25 May 2012 - 8:09pm
Boris is wildly wrong to claim that 2/3 serious and fatal cycling injuries are due to law-breaking
Graph showing who the police think contributes to cycle fatalities
London Mayor Boris Johnson has said he thinks 62% of cyclists who are killed or seriously injured are breaking the law. Police data show he is wildy wrong.
24 May 2012 - 4:23pm
The RAC says “Drivers need help” – and they’re right!
83% of drivers admit speeding regularly, yet 92% say they are law-abiding
The RAC has just published a survey of motorists’ views, and it makes for interesting reading.
14 May 2012 - 2:35pm
IAM feeds the tabloids with spurious claims of red light jumping cyclists
Occupying an advanced stop line is also technically 'jumping a red light'
Both the Guardian and BikeBiz have broken an embargoed press release from the Institute of Advanced Motorists claiming that the majority of cyclists jump red lights.
30 April 2012 - 2:09pm
Crashing into a pothole - what happened next
Chris in the pothole that brought him down
In 2008, I was riding to work in central London when I hit a pothole, catapulting me over the handlebars into the road. I incurred nasty facial injuries and the crash destroyed my bike. CTC's legal team forced the highway authority into admitting liability, resulting in compensation being paid out.

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