Safe Drivers and Vehicles

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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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1 in 5 motorists not banned for causing a death

CTC, the national cycling charity, has analysed data showing that only 80% of motorists convicted of killing another road user have their licence taken away, compared to 94% ten years ago.
1 in 5 motorists who kill are not banned - is this justice?

Despite driving bans being mandatory for all causing death by driving offences, CTC found that 20% of those convicted don't have their licences withdrawn.

The data from the Ministry of Justice also shows that the average length of a driving ban given when a fatality was caused has plummeted from 42 months in 2003 to 21 months in 2013.

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Put an end to over-zealous fining in London

After cyclist Kristian Gregory posted helmet-cam footage of himself being fined for straying from a sub-standard cycle track, the Met Police say they will ease off 'over-zealous' enforcement on this spot. However, Kristian still faces a possible fine, as do many others fined for similar 'offences'.
New Kent Road, London - where cyclist Kristian was fined

The Cyclists' Defence Fund (CDF) is supporting Kristian's appeal against his fine for pavement cycling as he exited the cycle track alongside London's New Kent Road to reach a pedestrian crossing. Watch Kristian's helmet camera footage of the incident.


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Cyclist fatalities and serious injuries down for 2013, but no room for complacency

The release of the latest reported road casualties for Great Britain show that cyclist serious injuries and deaths dropped in 2013. Combined with the news earlier this month that cycle use has risen slightly, this looks like a positive story.
Police and Ambulance attending a road crash
Slight injuries to cyclists, however, rose by 3% between 2012 and 2013, and one year’s figures shouldn’t in any case make anyone, not least the Government, complacent. We need to put Space for Cycling on the political agenda at both national and local level, to ensure that Britain can capitalise on not only more, but safer cycling in the future. 
Chris Peck, Campaigns and Policy Co-ordinator for CTC, responded to the new figures saying: “These statistics are generally good news for cycling.
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Say goodbye to ‘Cyclists Stay Back’ stickers

After months of letters sent back and forth between cycling organisations and Transport for London (TfL), a positive meeting was held this week to discuss how to improve the notorious and omnipresent ‘Cyclists Stay Back’ stickers.
The offending sticker on the back of a bus

The stickers were intended for vehicles with blind spots, in particular lorries weighing 3.5t and over, but they have appeared on vehicles that do not have significant blind spots like taxis, vans and buses.

Concerns about impact 

CTC is concerned that the design of the stickers and displaying them on vehicles without significant blind spots is having an adverse impact on driver behaviour.

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Watchdog overturns its finding on Cycling Scotland ad thanks to CTC's evidence

The original finding, issued in January, upheld a complaint calling for helmets to be worn in adverts involving cyclists. Thanks to work by Cycling Scotland and CTC, that finding has now been reversed.
The original offending image, now deemed acceptable

Cycling Scotland's ad campaign that sought to improve overtaking of cyclists was found by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) to have breached the Broadcast Code of Advertising in January 2014.

The ASA's original decision was based on the fact that a cyclist in the video was shown not wearing a helmet, and taking a position away from the kerb to avoid a badly surfaced road. Both of these situations reflect reality and are legal.

CTC and many others immediately took to Twitter to criticise the ASA's decision.

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