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Pressure to introduce presumed liability in Scotland

The families of two cyclists killed on Scotland's roads have joined the campaign for presumed liability.
Scottish Parliament urged to pass Members' Bill for presumed liability

The bereaved families of two cyclists killed in Scotland have called on the Scottish Parliament to bring Scottish civil law in line with the majority of other European countries by introducing a presumed liability law (also known as ‘stricter liability’ or ‘no fault liability’).

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Driver facing jail for seriously injuring CTC councillor

This week the driver who hit John Radford in July 2013 was found guilty of causing serious injury by dangerous driving. Michael Gledhill faces up to five years in jail and John's family a life sentence.
John Radford

John Radford had a lifelong passion for cycling. He was a CTC councillor and chairman of Huddersfield and District CTC. He was also a member of Audax UK. Before the collision on 31 July 2013, which left John severely brain damaged, he was a fit and active 69-year-old, who had come two days earlier from riding part of the London-Edinburgh-London Audax event, having covered over 250 miles in two days. On the day of the collision, he had ridden a leisurely 30 miles.

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The risk of serious cycle injuries is increasing: Space for Cycling needed

With the Government's long-overdue 'Cycling and Walking Delivery Plan' still awaited, new Government figures show that, however you measure it, the risk of serious cycle injuries is increasing. The Government must act urgently to reverse this trend.

Yesterday (September 25th), the Government published its annual Reported Road Casualties Great Britain report for 2013.

This year though it has also provided a handy summary of cycle safety statistics.  Overall, it's not good news.

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Road danger reduction and enforcement conference announced

A one-day conference ‘Road Danger Reduction and Enforcement: How policing can support walking and cycling in London’ is announced today.
Road Danger Reduction and Enforcement: How policing can support walking and cycl

The conference has been organised by CTC;  RoadPeace, the national charity for road crash victims; the Road Danger Reduction Forum; and the London Cycling Campaign (LCC).

The conference will highlight what the Metropolitan Police Service and Transport for London are doing to improve cyclist and pedestrian safety in the capital, and what changes campaigners would like to see.

Those who should attend this event include non-professional road safety campaigners, Councillors, and transport, health and road safety professionals concerned with safety on the roads.

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Remove the centre line to increase safety

New study funded by CTC finds 20 mph speed limits and the removal of centre-lines may be the most effective ways to reduce the speed at which drivers overtake cyclists.
20 mph speed limit sign painted on a road

In a study published this week, Professor John Parkin and Stella Shackel observed a reduction of speed of vehicles passing cyclists on roads with no centre line. A centre line may present a visual clue about where a driver should ‘drive up to’. Its absence may cause the driver to consider his or her road position and speed more carefully.

Lowering speed limits to 20 mph was also found to be associated with lower overtaking speed, whereas the presence of a cycle lane was not associated with either any differences in distance or speed of passing motor traffic.

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Notes to Editors: 

1. The Study reference is ‘Shackel, S. and Parkin, J. (2014) Measuring the influence of on-road features and driver behaviour on proximity and speed of vehicles overtaking cyclists. Accident analysis and prevention 73, December, pp100-108’ available free  until 3rd November 2014 at : http://authors.elsevier.com/a/1Ph-nLDQchXW

2.    John Parkin is Professor of Transport Engineering, University of  the West of England. John.parkin@uwe.ac.uk 0117 3286367.
3.    Stella C. Shackel, Institute for Transport Studies, University of Leeds

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Dazzling bike lights

Time was, when the suggestion that a bike lamp could be too bright would have been laughable. How times change. CTC's Chris Juden explains that thanks to developments in LEDs and rechargeable batteries, our dim and unreliable ‘bobby dodgers’ have become bobby dazzlers!
Beam pattern of Exposure Strada

The headlamps on cars have also become brighter and augmented by rows of LED daytime running lights. It seems like we’re in a lighting arms race. But thanks to a lack of regulation on our side, it’s an arms race some cyclists are winning! And people are starting to notice.

That’s no bad thing you may think; we need to be noticed more, for safety’s sake. But not when one person’s safety is won at the cost of another’s distress and loss of safety, including other cyclists.

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Lorry driver sentenced but spotlight needed on operators

If ever there was a case that demonstrated the need to impose immediate interim driving bans on drivers that kill cyclists, this is it. CTC's Road Safety Campaigner Rhia Weston examines the evidence.
Lorries are involved in 18% of cyclists' deaths per year in Great Britain

The 32-year-old lorry driver who caused the deaths of two cyclists on the A30 in July 2013 was sentenced this week to seven and a half years for each death, to be served concurrently.

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Jersey's under-14 helmet law "will harm public health and the island's reputation for family cycling"

CTC is disappointed to learn that Jersey's legislature has agreed to make it compulsory for under-14-year-olds to wear helmets, despite fears that the overall public health will suffer if people are deterred from cycling.
Gorey harbour in Jersey - the scene for the Jersey Festival of Cycling

The island of Jersey has become the first part of the British Isles to make helmets compulsory, with a £50 fine for the parents of all under-14s who are caught bareheaded on a bike.

The decision to impose a law was agreed in principle in 2010, but legislation only tabled for scrutiny early this year.

Bristol Road Justice campaigners put pressure on police

Bristol Cycling Campaign (BCyC) is an excellent example of a group of local campaigners who have wholeheartedly got behind the Road Justice campaign by ramping up pressure on their local force to improve roads policing.
Road Justice map of police pledges

One element of the Road Justice campaign is for campaigners to put pressure on their local police force to pledge to implement the recommendations in the report ‘Road Justice: the role of the police’ and then to monitor the force’s progress in implementing those recommendations, all of which are aimed at improving police handling of road traffic collisions. 

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£10 a head for cycling by 2020 say MPs

18 July 2014
The Commons Transport Select Committee's inquiry report on Cycle Safety has been published, endorsing many of CTC's recommendations.
Inquiry witnesses Edmund King (AA), Chris Boardman (BC) and Roger Geffen (CTC)

CTC's evidence to the Committee, given in February, focused on more funding, strong leadership and better infrastructure for cycling.

The Committee's report comes just weeks before the Government's Cycling Delivery Plan is due to be published, following a Prime Ministerial statement a year ago.

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