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CTC says latest road safety figures are a wake-up call to Government

16 August 2012
New quarterly road casualty figures reinforce the bad news of other similar figures from recent months, not just for cyclists but for motorcyclists and pedestrians too. However, without quarterly data on cycle use, the change in level of risk is unknown.
Tackling major roads and junctions as well as road user behaviour is required

Recent figures had previously showed a 16% rise in serious cyclist injuries in 2011 compared with 2010. These new figures now roll the time-period by just 3 months, so to a large extent they simply reiterate the earlier bad news.

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20 mph casualty figures - another failure to properly evaluate risk

The number of road casualties on streets with 20 mph limits have increased by a quarter in one year. Unfortunately those figures fail to take into account the change in the number of 20 mph streets, which have been increasing steadily, particularly in the last year.
20 mph limits - are they really less safe?

In July the Department for Transport published its annual report of road casualties, which revealed startling increases in casualties amongst all road users, including serious injuries to cyclists and pedestrian fatalities.

Buried in that report was a table that revealed the numbers of casualties that occurred on roads subject to different speed limits. Apparently serious injuries on 20 mph streets rose 35%, while all crashes increased 25%.

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Gold medal winner Wiggins puts road safety in spotlight

Following Wiggins's flawless ride to gold at the Individual Time Trial, his response to the tragic death of a cyclist outside the Olympic Park has highlighted yet again the need for road safety changes to protect cyclists.
Bradley Wiggins celebrating his victory at Hampton Court

Wiggins's gold and Froome's bronze were both fantastic results and reflect a season of total domination of road cycling by British cyclists.

Unfortunately, a few hours later tragic news broke that a 28-year-old cyclist had been killed in collision with a bus carrying journalists from the Olympic Park to the ExCel centre.

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Families of both those killed by Joao Lopes demand his licence be removed permanently

1 August 2012
The families of Eilidh Cairns and Nora Gutmann, both killed by the same HGV driver - 56-year-old Joao Lopes - have demanded that his licence be permanently removed. Lopes pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and was sentenced to 4 years in jail but just a 6 year driving ban.
Lorries are required to have some extra mirrors fitted, but not enough

In February 2009 Eilidh Cairns, a 30-year-old TV producer, was killed while cycling to work. She was run over by an HGV, driven by Joao Lopes.

The police found no connection between Eilidh's death and the actions of the driver.  Lopes pleaded guilty to the minor charge of driving with uncorrected defective vision. He was fined £200 pounds, given three points on his licence and permitted to carry on driving a tipper lorry.

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Mixed messages for cycle safety in London

Transport for London's announcement of plans to complete 50 cycle-friendly junction improvements by the end of 2013 (including ten by the end of 2012) is very welcome. However, the Mayor's draft road safety strategy, launched the same day, is itself very much in need of a "cycle-friendly redesign".
Cyclists have clear priority at this junction in Copenhagen

75% of cyclists' injuries are at or near a junction, rising to 79% in London (see p14 of TfL's Cycle Safety Action Plan, PDF, 2.2MB).  There is also good evidence that reducing traffic speeds at junctions - whether by introducing traffic lights, or by making drivers turn more sharply as they enter and leave a junction - are highly effective ways to improve cycle safety.

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BMA calls for health to drive transport policy

The British Medical Association's hard-hitting new report on Transport and Health calls for traffic restraint, challenging walking and cycling targets, improved provision for walking and cycling, 20mph speed limits, and health sector action to promote active travel. Will the Government take note?
BMA calls for health, not the economy, to drive transport policy

The British Medical Association's report Healthy Transport = Healthy Lives in many ways echoes what the BMA was calling for in its 1997 report on Road Transport and Health. This time though, they have put the spotlight firmly on the economic costs of car-dominated transport policies, and the huge economic benefits of a healthy and sustainable society.

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Government inaction on road safety costing lives

The Transport Select Committee report into road safety comes just a week after new guidance on setting local speed limits showed feeble leadership from Government. Where local authorities aren't performing, stronger direction is required from central Government to ensure road safety improves.
The Government has shown little leadership on 20 mph zones and limits

Much has changed since the Transport Select Committee inquiry into road safety took evidence from CTC's Roger Geffen in January and from CTC's President and Vice-President in May. The 'Cities fit for cycling' campaign by The Times emerged in February and radically shifted the debate around cycle safety. And, more recently, new figures emerged showing a massive spike in serious injuries amongst cyclists, but just a slight rise in cycle use.

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Road safety inquiry highlights lack of Government leadership on cycling

18 July 2012
A report from the Transport Select Committee has criticised the Government over the handling of cycle safety. The report emerged following evidence given by CTC and CTC's President Jon Snow earlier in the year.
CTC President Jon Snow

CTC has called for concerted action after MPs have criticised Government policy on road safety, demanding stronger leadership on road safety and cycle safety in particular.

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Health journal highlights ‘inactivity pandemic’

Health journal The Lancet has highlighted a global inactivity “pandemic”, highlighting both the scale of the problem and the evidence of what works to tackle it.

The current issue of The Lancet made headlines with a series of articles, highlighting the mounting worldwide crisis of physical inactivity.

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Collapse in prosecution of bad driving

The number of prosecutions for motoring offences in magistrates courts has fallen dramatically in the last ten years in all but three police force areas. Chris Peck looks in more detail at some of the numbers.
The Ministry of Justice produces statistics on offences and sentencing

The other day I explored some of the possible reasons for the huge increase in serious injury in one year amongst cyclists.

I put it down partly to an increase in cycle use masked by poor weather the year before, and a steady fall in traffic law enforcement.

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