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Call for justice review comes just as Crown Prosecution Guidance consults

This week British Cycling increased pressure on the Government to review the way criminal justice treats road crash victims, securing an agreement to meet and discuss the issue. Meanwhile the Crown Prosecution Service are consulting on their guidance for prosecuting bad driving.
Old Bailey

British Cycling have stepped up their campaign for a review of traffic justice, following high profile cases of injustice earlier this year. CTC joined in the campaign urging MPs to sign up to an Early Day Motion (EDM) demanding a review of road traffic justice.

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From the archive - The Times, 1st August 1934

In 1934 the Times published a statement from the Cyclists' Touring Club on road safety. Many of the issues raised still resonate - while in other areas the suggestions appear ludicrous in the modern day.
The Times carried CTC's views on road safety

Things weren't going well in the 1930s. As cars became more powerful, and the interests of the motorist began to become entwined with the establishment, legislators decided to abandon the 20 mph speed limit. 

For four years, carnage reigned - the rate of injury and death climbed, with cyclists making up almost a quarter of road deaths - an astonishing 1,324 deaths out of 5,862 in total in 1933 and 1,400 out of 6,502 by 1935.

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'Ban bikes from A-roads' suggests judge

Staffordshire Crown Court Resident Judge Simon Tonking has stirred up controversy by writing to The Times arguing that cyclists be banned from dualled roads. His comments are repugnant in part because he presided over the case of Pat Kenny, whose killer was given a community sentence in April 2012.
The junction on the A38 where Pat Kenny was killed in January 2011

Carlton Reid has drawn attention to the letter, pointing out that while cyclists may prefer not to use high speed trunk roads, banning them entirely would be a drastic step.

Meanwhile Martin Porter QC - the Cycling Lawyer - has written a response to Tonking that elegantly demolishes his argument. 

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Notes from the LibDem conference fringe

Earlier this week I spoke at two fringe events at the LibDem conference. The first was also addressed by Julian Huppert MP, co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group, the second by cycling minister Norman Baker. Both set out their stall as highly impressive advocates for cycling.
LibDem logo

The first meeting was hosted by the Freight Transport Association (FTA) together with the Times newspaper and chaired by their transport correspondent Philip Pank, one of the journalists behind the paper's inspirational Cities fit for cycling campaign.

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Detailed 2011 casualty figures reveal areas for concern

The detailed data for the 2011 casualty figures have been published by the Department for Transport, revealing where the worrying rise in casualties - first announced earlier in the year - is happening, and to whom.
Who is getting injured, and how?

Earlier in the year headline figures showed that cycling serious injuries were up by 16% in one year, yet cycling levels remained broadly similar to the year before.

At the time CTC's analysis suggested that some of the cycle use that had been suppressed the previous year (by cold weather) may lie behind the huge increase in cycle casualties.

Now the more detailed data on where, when, to whom and with whom crashes occurred, has been published.

So what else do these new figures tell us?

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Government THINK! cycling campaign misses the bigger picture

20 September 2012
A new government advertising campaign on cycle safety has been launched, although with just £80,000 behind it, it's unlikely to have any discernable effect on driver behaviour. Worse still, the campaign includes some poor advice to drivers on overtaking.
The cycling safety campaign emphasises similarities between cyclists and drivers

The campaign's main image shows twins, one of whom has a bike, the other a car. The message "drivers and cyclists are more alike than you think" aims to break down the feelings of animosity and is backed up by the figures which show that cyclists are just as likely to be car drivers than non-cyclists.

The message that road users should look out for one another is sensible, and welcome, but misses the point that the vast majority of cyclist injuries in crashes with cars are blamed by police on drivers, not cyclists.

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Tell your MP that the criminal justice system isn't working

For the last few years CTC's Stop SMIDSY project has recorded the inadequacies in the way the criminal justice system treats cyclists who have been involved in road crashes. CTC is now working with British Cycling and other organisations to call for a review of all aspects of the current system.
Police enforcement is the first stage in effective criminal justice

CTC is joining British Cycling to support the chair of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group Julian Huppert MP's Early Day Motion 407, which calls on the Ministry of Justice to review the way the criminal justice system operates.

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Traffic police numbers fall 29% in 10 years

7 September 2012
Traffic police are crucial to ensuring that road traffic law is enforced and illegal driving is minimised. Unfortunately figures obtained by the chair of the All Party Cycling Group, Julian Huppert MP, reveal that the number of police has collapsed in the last decade.
Traffic police have become a rare sight on Britain's roads

Having heard from various sources about the collapse in traffic police levels in various police forces, CTC asked Julian Huppert MP whether he would investigate through a Parliamentary Question.

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EU-wide comparison shows GB has poor cycle use and cyclist safety, but we measure this superbly!

A new EU-wide comparison of cyclists' safety shows that Britain is among the top countries for measuring cycling . Now we need to make much better use of this information to substantially boost cycle use and improve cyclists' safety.
Cycle counter on the Camel Trail, Cornwall (photo CTC, © Dep't for Transport)

A few days ago I was welcoming new figures now being collected by the Government, through Sport England's Active People Survey, which shows levels of regular and occasional cycle use at a local level.

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Hit-and-run drink-driver who ended cyclist's paralympic dream receives 18-month sentence

A hit-and-run drink-driver who ended a medal-winning disabled cyclist’s Paralympic dream has received an 18-month prison sentence. Simon Richardson, already disabled after a cycling collision with a car, had won medals in Beijing and was training for the London Paralympics when the crash happened.
Cardiff Crown Court, where driver Edward Adams was jailed. Photo: matthewgriff

The 44-year-old cyclist from Porthcawl was riding on the A48 near Bridgend – a road known locally as Crack Hill – when he was hit by a car driven by Edward Adams, 61, from Cowbridge.

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