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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8 November 2013 - 1:27pm
Cycling under the influence
Cycle and car
Riding whilst under the influence of drink or drugs is an offence...
6 November 2013 - 11:27am
Goods vehicles (lorries, HGVs, vans etc)
Goods vehicle
Lorries pose a disproportionate threat to cyclists. There is a range of measures that should be introduced to reduce the hazard as a matter or urgency...
21 August 2013 - 10:48am
Cycling and local transport
Female cyclist
To maximise cycling's benefits for local communities, councils should give it a central role in their transport plans and link it strongly with other policies and strategies...
6 August 2013 - 2:22pm
Contra-flow cycling (2-way cycling in 1-way streets)
Contra-flow street
Allowing cyclists to ride two-way in one-way streets makes cycling more convenient and attractive...
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.
7 June 2013 - 3:41pm
Cycle helmets
Cyclist
There is no justification for making helmet-wearing compulsory - it could undermine levels of cycle use and, in any case, the effectiveness of helmets is far from clear.
3 June 2013 - 11:01am
Compensation for injured cyclists
Cycling in traffic
The rules about liability for road crashes need to be changed to make it easier and quicker for cyclists and pedestrians to be compensated if they are injured in collisions with motor vehicles.
24 January 2013 - 3:28pm
Local Access Forums (England & Wales)
Off-road cycling
Local Access Forums (set up by local authorities to bring together people and groups interested in public rights of way) should work towards developing the network for cycling...
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...
27 September 2012 - 10:20am
Health and cycling
Healthy cyclist
Cycling is good exercise and it's easy to fit into the daily routiine. If more people took it up, it could help ward off the health crises facing the NHS...
5 September 2012 - 11:45am
Climate change
Clouds
Cycling is part of the solution for a low-carbon future...
7 June 2012 - 1:23pm
Seaside cycling: the coast, promenades and sea fronts (England & Wales)
Seaside Cycling
A good proportion of the English and Welsh coast could be safely and beneficially opened up for cycling...
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.
27 March 2012 - 1:29pm
Cycling and rail
Cyclepoint at Leeds railway station
Combining rail and cycle travel is a good alternative to driving for longer journeys, but it needs to be properly catered for...

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