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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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Taxis in Belfast bus lanes will endanger cyclists, say campaigners

21 February 2013
CTC's Tom McClelland and Barry Flood joined other cycle campaigners in protesting against allowing taxis into bus lanes in Belfast.
Protesters gathered to object to allowing more taxis into bus lanes

Although not perfect, bus lanes provide priority and a lower-traffic environment for cyclists, but changes to the way taxis are licenced in Northern Ireland could mean many more vehicles using the routes.

Up to 2,000 more vehicles could use the routes if ministers approve the changes. This is a cause of concern for many people -  86% of respondents to the consultation held last year, opposed the plans.

Tom McClelland and Barry Flood, CTC representatives in Northern Ireland, joined protesters campaigning against the move. 

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Police and Crime Commissioners should prioritise road safety

Join CTC in writing to your Police and Crime Commissioner asking them to prioritise road safety.
Write to your PCC asking them to prioritise road safety

The 29% drop in road traffic policing levels over the past decade suggests that road safety is being neglected by the police. Possibly connected to this is a fall in convictions for serious and slight motoring offences, which have dropped faster than the decline in road casualties.

This means bad driving is going unpunished or that many bad drivers are being issued with lenient sentences that do not reflect the severity of the offence.

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No to higher lorry speeds

CTC has voiced its opposition to Government proposals to raise the speed limit for goods vehicles on rural single-carriageway roads, saying this would worsen cycle safety on rural lanes.
HGV on a narrow rural lane

The Government is proposing to increase the speed limit for lorries on rural single-carriageways to either 45 mph or 50 mph. The national speed limit for cars on these roads is 60 mph, but with a 40 mph limit for lorries.

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