Safe Drivers and Vehicles
- Cycling is essentially a safe activity, causing little risk either to cyclists themselves or to other road users. Moreover, there is good evidence that cyclists gain from ‘safety in numbers’, with cycling becoming safer as cycle use increases.
- However, fear of road traffic is a major deterrent, despite the health, environmental and other benefits of cycling. Actual cycle safety in the UK lags behind many of our continental neighbours, because of poorly designed roads and junctions, traffic volumes and speeds, irresponsible driving, and a legal system that fails to respond adequately to road danger.
- National and local government should therefore aim for ‘more’ as well as ‘safer’ cycling – the two aims can and should go hand in hand.
- Despite scare stories about cyclists jumping red lights or riding on pavements, other road users are far more likely to be hit by a motor vehicle than by a cycle.
18 July 2014£10 a head for cycling by 2020 say MPs News
22 January 2014CTC calls on councils to fund cycle facilities through road maintenance programmes News
15 November 2013Hold hauliers to account over cyclist fatalities, says CTC News
14 November 2013CTC condemns rising toll of cyclists' deaths in London News
25 September 2013Scot Free: Justice system in Edinburgh fails cyclists as McCourt appeal refused News
22 August 2013Tragic case of schoolboy doesn't show need for mandatory helmets News