Safe Drivers and Vehicles

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Demand a proper sentence for driver who killed twice

3 May 2013
CTC has joined with the family of Audrey Fyfe to challenge the scandalous sentence handed down to Gary McCourt on 3 May. McCourt was sentenced to 300 hours of community service and a five-year driving ban for causing death by careless driving
Audrey Fyfe and her daughter Aileen Brown

* * * Campaign update: 31st May 2013. Scotland's Crown Office has today decided it will appeal the 'unduly lenient sentence' handed down to McCourt. * * *

Mrs Fyfe was a mother and a wife and much valued member of CTC Scotland. She was hit by McCourt while riding her bike near her home in Edinburgh in August 2011.

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Pedro Delgado joins battle against helmet compulsion in Spain

1988 Tour de France champion Pedro Delgado has walked out of a meeting with María Segui, the director of the national traffic authority (DGT), in protest at the Government's plan to force cyclists in urban areas in Spain to wear helmets.
Delgado won the 1988 Tour de France (Photo: Numerius, Flickr)

Pedro Delgado told María Seguí that he was opposed to mandatory helmet legislation because it would discourage people from cycling.

19 city councils - including Madrid, Barcelona, Valencia, Seville, Zaragoza, and Bilbao - have now joined Spanish cycling organisations in public opposition to the proposed ban on cycling without helmets. Last week, the national consumers' organisation (OCU) also announced that it opposed mandatory cycle helmets.

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Get Britain Cycling report recommends £10 per head, per year funding for cycling

Six weeks of oral evidence, hundreds of written pages, and the report is out. CTC welcomes its publication and urges the Government to implement its 18 recommendations
Chris Boardman, MP Julian Huppert, Dr Sarah Wollaston and Ian Austin

CTC, the national cycling charity, is calling on David Cameron to act on the report, which calls for 10 per cent of journeys in Britain to be made by cycle by 2025 – the current figure is less than 2 per cent.

It has also called for central government spending of at least £10 per head of population per year to boost cycle use, increasing as cycle use rises. London has recently announced plans to spend £12.50 per person per year over the next 10 years, whilst the Dutch are spending around £24 per person per year.

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Cycle lawyers campaign for compensation changes

Cycle Law Scotland, a firm that deals with cyclists' injury claims, has launched a Road Share campaign to change the law relating to compensation.
Cyclist on a road

If the campaign is successful, cyclists and pedestrians would receive compensation automatically and promptly for injuries/damage sustained in a crash with a motor vehicle.

At present, because injured cyclists or pedestrians are not compensated automatically, they are all too often forced to fight for it  – a process that is often protracted, expensive and particularly difficult for those who need financial help with treatment and care. It is also burdensome for the courts.

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PCCs respond to the 'Prioritise this' campaign

In February CTC set up the ‘Prioritise this!’ campaign, which asked cyclists to email their newly elected Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) and call on them to prioritise road safety in their imminent Police and Crime Plans for 2013-2016. Thank you to all 521 of you who took action.
Cyclists' safety should be prioritised by police

Common themes emerged from the PCCs’ responses such as:

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Helmets not required for Tour de France 2014 Grand Depart

CTC can reveal that the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart – to be held for the first time in Yorkshire – will allow competitors to take part in the first two stages without helmets, if they so wish.
Ordinary, everyday, helmet-free riding that this change hopes to inspire

[UPDATE: Please note the date when this article was published!]

The change in the rules came about after a special request from cycle campaigning organisations and local authorities keen to use the event to promote everyday cycling.

The uniform anonymity of a fully helmeted peloton is thought by some to alienate non-cyclists and, while inspiring some to take up racing, may not generate the quotidian, utilitarian cycling – to shops, schools or for commuting - that leads to reduced congestion, pollution and improved health.

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Careless driving charge contested by the Cycling Lawyer

The Crown Prosecution Service has a penchant for reducing motoring offences from dangerous to careless. The bureaucratic loops one must jump through to challenge this decision put most people off pursuing a complaint, but a prominent barrister has done just that.
Lorry driver overtaking dangerously close

On the Road Justice website CTC has recorded numerous cases where a driver was arrested on suspicion of dangerous driving only for the CPS to lessen the charge to careless driving or to accept a guilty plea for careless driving. A swift conviction is more likely to be secured for careless than dangerous driving, which undoubtedly is one of the reasons the CPS choose to lessen the charge.

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Put cycling on the National Curriculum

Although cycling is the third most popular activity amongst children and a crucial life skill, only half of all children have access to good quality Bikeability cycle training. CTC members have urging that all schools provide cycle training as part of the National Curriculum.
Providing Bikeability cycle training is crucial to create a cycling culture

CTC has urged the Department for Education to change the National Curriculum to include provision for child cycle training as part of Key Stages 2-4.

Currently the physical education section mandates that swimming is taught, with the requirement that children learn to swim 25 metres.

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What cyclists want drivers to know: road safety campaign tells all

CTC has welcomed a new publicity campaign from Road Safety GB Mercia (Midlands area) because of its refreshing emphasis on educating drivers about cyclists' needs, concerns and safety.
What Matters Most Poster

Instead of pointing fingers or focusing on giving cyclists 'safety' advice, What Matters Most takes a much more balanced approach. 

CTC was consulted by the campaign's developers and gave its support to the proposed message.

It features two complementary web pages that clearly set out ‘What cyclists want drivers to know’ and ‘What drivers want cyclists to know.’

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Spanish traffic authority proposes compulsory helmets and other anti-cycling measures

The national traffic authority for Spain has revealed a highly alarming range of proposals that seem designed to get cyclists off the roads. The following is a translation from Spanish campaign group ConBici's account.
Hire bikes - without helmets - have become very popular in Spain

This article originally appeared on the website of ConBici in Spanish and

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