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Safe Drivers and Vehicles

Introduction

Urban cyclists
Urban cyclists
Cycling's health benefits far outweigh the risks, so anything that puts people off has to be tackled. Hostile road conditions are a major deterrent, but the good news is that the 'safety in numbers' effect means that more and safer cycling are perfectly capable of going hand in hand.
  • 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.

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Driving ban for drink-driving football star
Photo courtesy of West Midlands Police, Flickr CC http://bit.ly/1ilCL0V
Everton footballer Darron Gibson was sentenced this week for drink-driving and hitting a group of cyclists then fleeing the scene. CTC argues he should have been charged with dangerous driving.
England's travel habits: is cycling making a small comeback?
Cycle commuter off to work
From a cycling perspective, the latest figures on England’s travel habits suggest a small revival in cycle trips may be underway, even though overall travel is declining. The average person made more...
Help secure equal rights for road crime victims: act now!
Royal Courts of Justice
CTC is backing proposed changes to the Victims' Code (England & Wales) that would stop road crime victims being left out from it. To ensure that they also get equal rights, nearly 1800...
Are all HGV drivers getting enough sleep?
Cyclist in a lorry mirror
A BBC Radio 4 programme looking at the impact of sleep deprivation on health and safety has drawn attention to the risks taken by HGV drivers who don’t get a good night’s sleep. CTC's Rhia...

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