Views & Briefings

Our growing series of campaigns briefings is for anyone who wants to look into a particular topic related to cycling, either in brief or in depth. They also explain what CTC's formal views are on each of the subjects covered.

Each briefing includes: headline messages (for those after a speedy overview); CTC's formal views; quick key facts; and more detailed arguments and background information.

Overall, the briefings are categorised into six core themes: commitment to cycling; designed for cycling; off-road access; promotion and encouragement; safe drivers and vehicles; and public transport.

Key briefings include: cycling & local transport; health; cycle-friendly planning & design; road safety; road traffic law & enforcement; cyclists' behaviour & the law; '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 - 4:10pm
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 - 9:56am
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 - 12:20pm
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...
24 December 2014 - 1:45pm
Climate change
Clouds
Cycling is part of the solution for a low-carbon future...
24 December 2014 - 1:21pm
Changing the status of rights of way (England & Wales)
Cyclists riding off-road
Find out why it's important to open up more of the rights of way network for cycling, what the legal process is and how it needs improving...
24 December 2014 - 12:18pm
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 December 2014 - 11:14am
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 December 2014 - 9:56am
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 75% of cyclists' collisions occur. Good design is crucial, of course.
24 December 2014 - 9:54am
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...
1 September 2014 - 1:17pm
Cycle-friendly schools and colleges (CTC views)
Children cycling to school
Schools and colleges should encourage cycling because it's good both for children and for the local and wider environment.
29 April 2014 - 9:19am
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...
11 March 2014 - 1:50pm
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 - 9:55am
Cycling and the economy
Cyclist in shopping area
Cycling contributes more than many people think to local and national economies...
4 March 2014 - 3:55pm
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 - 3:38pm
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 - 3:07pm
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 - 3:21pm
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.
24 January 2014 - 3:52pm
Pedestrians
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 - 11:29am
Motorbikes
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 - 3:52pm
Cyclists' behaviour and the law
Cyclists
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...

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