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Should the Prime Minister Get Britain Cycling?

CTC's campaigns and communications co-ordinator Sam Jones discusses whether the latest Governmental response on cycling is further evidence of cycling's need for strong political leadership
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The publication of today’s House of Commons Transport Committee (HCTC) Cycling Safety: Government Response marked another disappointing day for cycling in Westminster and Whitehall.


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Pressure increased to introduce presumed liability in Scotland

The families of two cyclists killed on Scotland's roads have joined the campaign for presumed liability.
Scottish Parliament urged to pass Members' Bill for presumed liability

The bereaved families of two cyclists killed in Scotland have called on the Scottish Parliament to bring Scottish civil law in line with the majority of other European countries by introducing a presumed liability law (also known as ‘stricter liability’ or ‘no fault liability’).

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Driver facing jail for seriously injuring CTC councillor

This week the driver who hit John Radford in July 2013 was found guilty of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. Michael Gledhill faces up to five years in jail and John's family a life sentence.
John Radford

John Radford had a lifelong passion for cycling. He was a CTC councillor and chairman of Huddersfield and District CTC. He was also a member of Audax UK. Before the collision on 31 July 2013, which left John severely brain damaged, he was a fit and active 69-year-old, who had come two days earlier from riding part of the London-Edinburgh-London Audax event, having covered over 250 miles in two days. On the day of the collision, he had ridden a leisurely 30 miles.

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Road danger reduction and enforcement conference announced

A one-day conference ‘Road Danger Reduction and Enforcement: How policing can support walking and cycling in London’ is announced today.
Road Danger Reduction and Enforcement: How policing can support walking and cycl

The conference has been organised by CTC;  RoadPeace, the national charity for road crash victims; the Road Danger Reduction Forum; and the London Cycling Campaign (LCC).

The conference will highlight what the Metropolitan Police Service and Transport for London are doing to improve cyclist and pedestrian safety in the capital, and what changes campaigners would like to see.

Those who should attend this event include non-professional road safety campaigners, Councillors, and transport, health and road safety professionals concerned with safety on the roads.


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Jersey's under-14 helmet law "will harm public health and the island's reputation for family cycling"

CTC is disappointed to learn that Jersey's legislature has agreed to make it compulsory for under-14-year-olds to wear helmets, despite fears that the overall public health will suffer if people are deterred from cycling.
Gorey harbour in Jersey - the scene for the Jersey Festival of Cycling

The island of Jersey has become the first part of the British Isles to make helmets compulsory, with a £50 fine for the parents of all under-14s who are caught bareheaded on a bike.

The decision to impose a law was agreed in principle in 2010, but legislation only tabled for scrutiny early this year.

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£10 a head for cycling by 2020 say MPs

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The Commons Transport Select Committee's inquiry report on Cycle Safety has been published, endorsing many of CTC's recommendations.
Inquiry witnesses Edmund King (AA), Chris Boardman (BC) and Roger Geffen (CTC)

CTC's evidence to the Committee, given in February, focused on more funding, strong leadership and better infrastructure for cycling.

The Committee's report comes just weeks before the Government's Cycling Delivery Plan is due to be published, following a Prime Ministerial statement a year ago.

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1 in 5 motorists not banned for causing a death

CTC, the national cycling charity, has analysed data showing that only 80% of motorists convicted of killing another road user have their licence taken away, compared to 94% ten years ago.
1 in 5 motorists who kill are not banned - is this justice?

Despite driving bans being mandatory for all causing death by driving offences, CTC found that 20% of those convicted don't have their licences withdrawn.

The data from the Ministry of Justice also shows that the average length of a driving ban given when a fatality was caused has plummeted from 42 months in 2003 to 21 months in 2013.

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Put an end to over-zealous fining in London

After cyclist Kristian Gregory posted helmet-cam footage of himself being fined for straying from a sub-standard cycle track, the Met Police say they will ease off 'over-zealous' enforcement on this spot. However, Kristian still faces a possible fine, as do many others fined for similar 'offences'.
New Kent Road, London - where cyclist Kristian was fined

The Cyclists' Defence Fund (CDF) is supporting Kristian's appeal against his fine for pavement cycling as he exited the cycle track alongside London's New Kent Road to reach a pedestrian crossing. Watch Kristian's helmet camera footage of the incident.


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Say goodbye to ‘Cyclists Stay Back’ stickers

After months of letters sent back and forth between cycling organisations and Transport for London (TfL), a positive meeting was held this week to discuss how to improve the notorious and omnipresent ‘Cyclists Stay Back’ stickers.
The offending sticker on the back of a bus

The stickers were intended for vehicles with blind spots, in particular lorries weighing 3.5t and over, but they have appeared on vehicles that do not have significant blind spots like taxis, vans and buses.

Concerns about impact 

CTC is concerned that the design of the stickers and displaying them on vehicles without significant blind spots is having an adverse impact on driver behaviour.

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Watchdog overturns its finding on Cycling Scotland ad thanks to CTC's evidence

The original finding, issued in January, upheld a complaint calling for helmets to be worn in adverts involving cyclists. Thanks to work by Cycling Scotland and CTC, that finding has now been reversed.
The original offending image, now deemed acceptable

Cycling Scotland's ad campaign that sought to improve overtaking of cyclists was found by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) to have breached the Broadcast Code of Advertising in January 2014.

The ASA's original decision was based on the fact that a cyclist in the video was shown not wearing a helmet, and taking a position away from the kerb to avoid a badly surfaced road. Both of these situations reflect reality and are legal.

CTC and many others immediately took to Twitter to criticise the ASA's decision.

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