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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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.
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...
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.
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 - 3:07pm
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...
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...
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 June 2013 - 12:50pm
National planning policies
Cycling through a new development
Planning policies and decisions can make all the difference to how people choose to make their journeys - i.e. whether to drive or to travel more sustainably by cycle or on foot.
26 November 2012 - 3:53pm
Taxis and private hire vehicles
London taxi and cyclist
If your cycle breaks down, or it's late at night - or you're just too tired to complete your journey - knowing that you can take your bike the rest of the way by taxi can be a very reassuring thought...
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...
13 April 2012 - 10:05am
Road maintenance and lighting
Cyclist reporting defect to CTC's www.fillthathole.org.uk
All road users benefit from good road maintenance and effective lighting. Cyclists, however, suffer more than most from defects in the surface, and councils don't always light cycle paths.
12 April 2012 - 12:58pm
Cycle parking (Campaigning view)
Cycle parking sign
It goes without saying that when people cycle somewhere, most of them will need a secure, convenient place to lock their bike for a while when they get there. Lampposts, railings or gutter pipes are simply not good enough.
11 April 2012 - 10:39am
Cycle lanes, tracks and shared use footways
Shared use footway
Cycle lanes, cycle tracks or shared use footways separate cyclist from traffic to varying degrees. Are they always a good thing?
10 April 2012 - 2:02pm
Vehicle restricted areas (VRAs)
A town or city centre that restricts motor vehicles helps create an attractive environment for walking and cycling. Visitors, shoppers and residents usually feel the benefits too. Exempting cyclists is unlikely to cause problems because they tend to ride slowly or dismount when it gets crowded.
5 April 2012 - 2:08pm
Home Zones
Chester Home Zone
Children play, or want to play, in streets; and people work and live in them too. Creating Home Zones is a good way to reclaim roads as community space, rather than just a means of getting from A to B in a motor vehicle.
5 April 2012 - 11:05am
Traffic calming
The speed of motor traffic not only aggravates local communities, but also puts people off cycling. There are a number of measures that encourage and enforce slower driving, including physical traffic calming (e.g. speed humps).
2 April 2012 - 11:47am
Junctions and crossings
As 75% of cyclists' collisions happen at or near junctions, it's essential to do everything possible to make them safe for cycling.

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