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CTC condemns rising toll of cyclists' deaths in London

14 November 2013
CTC demands action on cyclists’ safety in London after a fifth cyclist is killed in ten days on the capital’s roads.
A 'ghost bike' at the Bow Roundabout: photo by Diamond Geezer (Creative Commons)

In a terrible week for cycling in London, the total number of cyclists killed in 2013 has risen to 13, 8 of them killed by lorries. CTC is calling for serious improvements to cyclists' safety at major junctions, to the design of lorries, and to driver training, in order to avert more unnecessary deaths.

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CTC condemns rising cyclists' death toll in London.

CTC, the national cycling charity demands action on cyclists’ safety in London after fifth cyclist is killed in ten days on the capital’s roads.

 

In a week where the total number of cyclists killed in London this year rose to a staggering 13, 8 of which were involved in collisions with lorries, CTC is calling for major changes to be made to the design of lorries, to the design of major junctions and to driver training, to avert more unnecessary deaths.

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Media enquiries CTC Senior Communications Officer Laura Raymond 07960 349405

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Jon Snow, CTC President and newscaster, chairs Cycling Scotland Conference

The ninth Cycling Scotland Conference was held at the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome in Glasgow. The conference bought together active travel professionals, campaigners, volunteers, national and local politicians to learn from each other and to network.
Jon Snow CTC President & Chris Oliver CTC Scotland Chairman

Jon Snow, CTC President, made a charismatic chairman of the ninth 2013 Cycling Scotland Conference

In his opening statement, Jon said he'd seen “...more segregated infrastructure in his cab ride from Glasgow station to the Sir Chris Hoy Velodrome conference venue than in all of London!”

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Injuries to cyclists 12% higher than similar period last year

The numbers of cyclists injured in spring has risen to an estimated 4,990, some 12% higher than a similar estimate made last year. Taking the last 4 quarters against the previous 4 quarters, however, it is estimated that there has been no substantial change in cycle casualties.
Both casualties and use have risen sharply

Four times a year the Department for Transport publish the figures that estimate the previous quarter's casualty figures. 

Figures for spring 2013 have just been released and show a 12% increase in cycle casualties against the previous year's estimate.

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Road Justice reveals which police forces are committed to road safety for cyclists

The Road Justice campaign, led by CTC and sponsored by Slater & Gordon Lawyers, has published a map showing which police forces are committed to improving road safety for cyclists.
The map shows police responses to the Road Justice report

The map shows that over a third of forces in England and Wales support at least one of the campaign’s recommendations for improved roads policing.

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Scots MSPs support cycle safety as Minister keeps open 'presumed liability' debate

MSPs from the SNP and Conservative parties join Greens in calling for a positive debate on continental-style 'presumed liability' rules, which also revealed strong cross-party support for investment in cycling and improved cyclists' safety.
The Roadshare Campaign for presumed liability in Scotland

The debate on 'presumed liability' rules (also known as 'stricter liability' or 'no fault liability') was led by Green MSP Alison Johnstone, who is also co-convenor of Holyrood's Cross-Party Group on Cycling.

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The Roadshare Campaign for presumed liability in Scotland

On Tuesday, 29 October 2013, the Scottish Parliament will debate proposals for 'presumed liability' rules (also known as 'stricter liability'), whereby motorists involved in collisions with cyclists or pedestrians would be presumed liable in a civil law claim against them for damages.
The Roadshare Campaign for presumed liability in Scotland

[N.B. You can now also read the transcript of the debate, as well as CTC's commentary and summary.]

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Trial date for cyclist's FPN challenge

Alex Paxton, the 27 year-old cyclist who is challenging a fixed penalty notice, appeared at Lavender Hill Magistrates Court this afternoon. He pleaded not guilty and a trial date was set for 5th December.
Alex Paxton challenges a Fixed Penalty Notice

Alex Paxton received the FPN when he was unable to stop in a cycle box in Fulham in August.

Earlier this week, his barrister Puneet Rai filed a letter with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) asking them to review whether a prosecution would be in the public interest.

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Longer, better driver training call supported by CTC

A report commissioned by Government into driver training has concluded that young people learning to drive should spend a maximum of 1 year undertaking the process, including 120 hours of practice. CTC supports the proposal, but suggests that cycle training be an integral part of learning to drive.
Learning to drive should include elements of cycle awareness

The report recommends a minimum 1 year period for people to learn to drive, with tighter restrictions on what they are able to do once they have their licence.

This approach, called Graduated Driver Licencing, is designed to stop - or reduce - young people driving at times where they represent the greatest risk, such as at night or when carrying passengers.

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Cameron confirms sentencing guidelines review for dangerous driving offences

CTC has welcomed Prime Minister David Cameron's confirmation during Prime Minister's questions on 9 October that the Government will conduct a review of sentencing guidelines for serious driving offences.
A view of Parilament

CTC reported on the Government’s announcement in August that the sentencing guidelines would be reviewed for the offences of causing death by careless driving, causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

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