Views & Briefings

CTC's campaigning focuses on six core themes: commitment to cycling; designed for cycling; off-road access; promotion and encouragement; safe drivers and vehicles; and public transport.

Our campaigns briefings cover a range of topics relating to these six core themes. Each starts with headline messages for a quick summary, followed by our formal policy (CTC View); detailed key facts and arguments; and other background information.

Key topics include: cycling & local transport; health; cycle-friendly planning & design; road safety; road traffic law & enforcement; cyclists & the law; promoting cycling ('smarter choices'); cycling in schools and cycle-friendly employers. You can access the whole list below, or filter by theme.

The series is gradually replacing the policies published in CTC’s Policy Handbook (2004).

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4 March 2014 - 5:10pm
Traffic law and enforcement: Overview
Driver at wheel
Laws against bad driving and their enforcement should aim to protect all road users, including cyclists, from intimidation and injury.
11 December 2013 - 10:56am
Road safety and cycling: Overview
Cyclist wait at junction
'More' as well as 'safer' cycling can and should go hand-in-hand...
12 October 2012 - 1:20pm
Cycle-friendly design and planning: Overview
Cycle lane
CTC's vision is to see people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities feeling able to cycle safely and confidently for all types of journey. Designing - or re-designing - neighbourhoods, town centres and road networks to cater properly for them is essential...
29 April 2014 - 10:19am
Daylight saving
Cyclist on path
Shifting the UK’s clocks to give one extra hour of daylight in the evening and one less in the morning would affect everyone. Research should help decide if cyclists would benefit...
4 April 2014 - 10:39am
Bridleways, byways and cycle tracks (England & Wales)
Cyclist riding off-road
Closing the gaps for cycling in public rights of way and improving maintenance and signing, would encourage more people to cycle off-road...
24 March 2014 - 5:11pm
Advanced Stop Lines (ASLs)
ASLs help cyclists at junctions
Advanced stop lines are an excellent way of giving cyclists visible priority at junctions, where around 70% of cyclists' collisions occur. Good design is crucial, of course.
11 March 2014 - 2:50pm
Vegetation and hedge trimmings
Mending a puncture
Cyclists have problems with overhanging vegetation or hedge trimmings left on the routes they use. Debris can cause punctures or even serious injury if it gets caught in wheels...
7 March 2014 - 12:20pm
Cycle awareness campaigns for drivers
What Matters Most campaign poster
Sustained campaigns to improve road users' behaviour can be beneficial, if well-designed and targeted. To be effective, they need to convey positive, memorable and truthful messages...
7 March 2014 - 10:55am
Cycling and the economy
Cyclist in shopping area
Cycling contributes more than many people think to local and national economies...
4 March 2014 - 4:55pm
Prosecutors and courts
Royal Courts of Justice
To reinforce the message that driving that endangers other road users is socially unacceptable, prosecutors and courts should not dismiss 'dangerous' driving as merely 'careless'.
4 March 2014 - 4:38pm
The legal framework and sentencing policy
Driver at wheel
The legal framework and sentencing for driving offences need to reinforce the message that endangering other road users is unacceptable.
4 March 2014 - 4:07pm
Traffic police and other enforcement agencies
Cyclist and police car
More effective traffic policing is crucial for cyclists, and also helps tackle one of the biggest fears that many others have about taking up cycling in the first place - namely, bad driving...
27 February 2014 - 4:21pm
Cycle training
Cycle training at school
Cycle training is a very effective way to encourage more people of all ages, backgrounds and abilities to cycle. It boosts skills and confidence, particularly in imperfect conditions, and teaches the rules of the road.
25 February 2014 - 4:24pm
Public Footpaths (England & Wales)
Footpath and Bridleway
Cycling on footpaths is not a legal right, but many are entirely suitable and form good links. Opening them up to cyclists would enhance the network of motor-traffic free routes...
24 January 2014 - 4:52pm
Cyclist and pedestrian sharing space
Even in crowded conditions, cyclists are perfectly able to mix harmoniously with pedestrians and, contrary to popular belief, they are not a major danger to them.
20 January 2014 - 12:29pm
Cyclist and motorcyclist
Motorcyclists and cyclists have much in common, but motorcycling poses more risk to others and does not offer the same environmental benefits...
23 December 2013 - 4:52pm
Cyclists' behaviour and the law
Cyclists should behave responsibly and legally, but the law should recognise that they do little harm and should not have to choose between keeping safe and obeying rules...
18 November 2013 - 2:26pm
Common driving offences
Driver at wheel of car
Tackling common, bad driving offences effectively would help create a safer and more attractive environment for cycling and walking....
12 November 2013 - 12:20pm
Cycle-friendly employers (CTC views)
Cycle commuters arriving at work
Doing everything possible to encourage employees to commute by cycle and to cycle for work purposes helps improve the health and productivity of a workforce, lowers the cost of business transport and eases congestion at peak time.
8 November 2013 - 2:27pm
Cycling under the influence
Cycle and car
Riding whilst under the influence of drink or drugs is an offence...


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