Campaign

Cyclists' Defence Fund

Introduction

The Cyclists Defence Fund

The Cyclists' Defence Fund (CDF) was set up in 2001 by CTC in response to the case of Darren Coombes, a nine year old cyclist who suffered brain damage from a collision with a motorist. CTC became concerned after the driver’s insurers responded to Darren’s claim for damages by counter-suing his parents for contributory negligence because Darren was not wearing a helmet.

Although the insurer's counter-claim was ultimately defeated, CDF was formed in the aftermath to defend cyclists in similar cases with the potential to influence the legal system's handling of cycling-related issues.  CDF was later constituted as a charity whose remit can encompass all aspects of cycling and the law.

Visit CDF's website to read more about the charity and the services it offers.  

 

Recent Campaign Activity

Lorry by Michele Solmi via by Creative Commons
Regulator bans haulage operators whose driver killed cyclist News
Two transport managers responsible for hiring a driver who killed a cyclist by careless driving have had their licences to operate revoked.
Funds raised to prosecute driver who hit Michael Mason, pictured
Raising funds through film News
A supporter of the Cyclists' Defence Fund has raised £215.60 for the ‘Justice for Michael’ appeal by showing a screening of the documentary ‘Bikes vs Cars’.
Rogue vehicle operators need to be held accountable for cyclists' deaths
Reining in rogue goods vehicle operators News
CTC has been following two cases where lorry drivers were found guilty of killing cyclists and where questions were raised about the safety credentials of the goods vehicle operators that hired them.
Royal Courts of Justice
New figures suggest more killer drivers are going unpunished News
The number of drivers found guilty of any 'causing death' offence in England and Wales dropped by 11% between 2013 and 2014, even though the number of people killed on the roads has recently shown an upward trend.

Archive

  • Patron: Her Majesty The Queen
  • President: Jon Snow
  • Chief Executive: Paul Tuohy
  • Cyclists' Touring Club (CTC): A company limited by guarantee, registered in England no.25185. Registered as a charity in England and Wales No 1147607 and in Scotland No SC042541

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