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Mixed reception for guidance on cycle infrastructure

12 October 2008
After years of lobbying for new guidance on infrastructure, CTC welcomed the publication of Cycle Infrastructure Design in October 2008. Although the document had improved since CTC commented on the draft, it is still weak on many aspects of the design of cycle facilities.
Cycle Infrastructure Design

CTC was pleased with the restatement of the Hierarchy of Provision (p. 10 of CID) for cycling which prioritises measures to reduce the volume and speed of traffic - i.e. tackling the major deterrents to cycling at source. 

However, there are also a number of important details which remain unsatisfactory, and in many ways the new document is significantly weaker than the original 1996 Cycle Friendly Infrastructure (CFI) guidelines.

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Highway Code cracked - more than 40 rules changed

15 June 2007
Following a sustained and high-profile campaign by CTC in 2007, over 40 rules of the revised Highway Code were changed to the benefit of cyclists. CTC had feared that the proposed wording would have undermined cyclists' right to use the road where cycle facilities were provided.
New Highway Code (Revised 2007 Edition)

The changes made to the Highway Code vary from the mundane to the fundamental. There are many new rules for cyclists on the use of crossings and for taking care around tramways. Others offer advice on whether cyclists should use cycle facilities. 

New rules 61 and 63 were those that aroused the greatest ire amongst cyclists. A discussion of how these rules and how they changed can be found here.

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Why CTC challenged the latest version of the Highway Code

We all know of examples of where cycle facilities end dangerously, throwing you out into heavy traffic. So when new wording for the Highway Code suggested that cyclists should always use such facilities, we - along with thousands of CTC members - were up in arms.
Bad cycle facility

The Code's draft wording advised cyclists to "...use cycle routes when practicable and cycle facilities such as advanced stop lines, cycle boxes and toucan crossings where they are provided, as they can make your journey safer."

We felt that this advice, if accepted, would reinforce the erroneous belief that cycle facilities are essentially safety features.

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Cyclist who refused to stay in the gutter wins re-trial

26 January 2007
A cyclist who was found guilty last year of inconsiderate cycling, whilst cycling in accordance with the National Standard for cycle training, has today won a re-trial at Shrewsbury Crown Court.
The road where Daniel Cadden was stopped by police

CTC member Daniel Cadden was cycling fast downhill on a single-lane carriageway when he was stopped by police who believed that the position he had taken in his lane was forcing cars to cross the solid white line in the centre of the road illegally in order to overtake. But rather than stop the cars that had broken the law, the officers decided to charge Daniel Cadden with inconsiderate cycling.

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