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 - 7:13pm
Bike maintenance in Essex
Weekly bike maintenance sessions have up and running throughout November in Colchester and they are proving extremely popular. CTC's Cycling Development Officer Richard Monk explains why he set up the project how it will expand.
16 November 2012 - 6:05pm
Essex Police call CTC’s cycling officer in for questioning
Essex Police called unexpectedly on me this week. Thinking that they must have taken a dislike to my rather shall we say assertive style of cycling to all my meetings and activities, I awaited in trepidation for the expected words of advice.
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.
7 November 2012 - 11:39am
Anna tours Bath on vintage bikes and grabs designer cycle bargains!
Jole Rider (pronounced Jolly Rider) is a charity that targets Africa to improve education and wellbeing in young people. This is mainly done by fixing up donated bikes and shipping them to Africa for kids to use for cycling to school. So to find out more, I met their lead mechanic for a bike ride.
26 October 2012 - 11:46am
Keeping busy in Colchester
After a busy summer, things have remained hectic into the autumn. CTC Cycling Development Officer Richard Monk tells us what he's been up to.
25 October 2012 - 12:58pm
Bristol Cycling Campaign Autumn Conference 2012
New strategies, new words and new tools were the topics at this year's local campaigners conference. Speakers unveiled new webtools and strategies and called for further coordination between campaign groups to help address cycling issues.
24 October 2012 - 3:02pm
The 7stanes Mountain Bike Display Team 2012 Round Up
The CTC Insured 7stanes Display Team had another busy year in 2102. Over the six months from March to September, the team showed off their trials riding skills at 15 venues the length and breadth of Scotland - and even found time for a quick foray into Cumbria.
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.
10 October 2012 - 5:38pm
People Empowering People Bike Club
It was a cold evening session at Leyton Square in Southwark, for People Empowering People Bike Club, but no one seemed to mind. The maintenance session was inundated with keen young people who wanted to fix their bikes or earn a bike for themselves by working on one donated by the local police.
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.