Gorey harbour in Jersey - the scene for the Jersey Festival of Cycling
Jersey's under-14 helmet law "will harm public health and the island's reputation for family cycling" News
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.
The original offending image, now deemed acceptable
Watchdog overturns its finding on Cycling Scotland ad thanks to CTC's evidence News
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.
A smashed helmet
German court says helmet-free cycling is not 'negligence' News
In a landmark ruling, the German Supreme Court has ruled that it is not 'negligent' to cycle without a helmet, hence there is no justifiable reason for reducing the injury compensation payable to helmetless cyclists. Now, CTC says the Highway Code needs to change.
The DfT's THINK! campaign
The THINK! campaign for bikes is relaunched - CTC assesses its impact Blog
Running in some of the cities that received money for cycling recently, the THINK! campaign follows the now usual 'give and take' message that equates cyclists and drivers as similar sources of danger, both of which need to 'play their part'. However, the messages it sends out are largely sensible.
How many TV adverts breach Highway Code rule 3?
Now send us your 'irresponsible' walking-down-the-street adverts! Blog
Although the ASA has provisionally withdrawn its ruling against Cycling Scotland's TV advert, the fight isn't over yet. Please send us videos showing how a ban on helmet-free cycling in TV ads would be like refusing to show people on the streets at night without reflective clothing.
Unhelmeted hipsters riding all over a promenade. Tsk tsk.
Which ads are now banned? Your examples wanted Blog
The ASA's bizarre ruling (under appeal by Cycling Scotland) that all cyclists must now be helmeted and cyclists must adopt dangerous road positioning has caused anger amongst the cycling community. If you've got examples of ads that would now be banned, please send them here.
The image that proved controversial to the ASA
Advertising watchdog’s helmet ruling threatens the promotion of normal cycling News
CTC, the national cycling charity, has voiced concern over a ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) which could prevent future adverts from showing cyclists without helmets on TV.
Cyclist wait at junction
Road safety and cycling: Overview Campaigning Views
'More' as well as 'safer' cycling can and should go hand-in-hand...
Unhelmeted cyclists in Cambridge
Tragic case of schoolboy doesn't show need for mandatory helmets News
The story in many newspapers and other media of a 16-year-old, Ryan Smith, who is in a coma after being hit by a van, is tragic, but doesn't mean we should immediately adopt a policy of making helmets compulsory.
London Mayor Boris Johnson wants to "delycrafy" cycling
BMA's helmet stance questioned as USA safety authorities drop key helmet claim Blog
As American cycle campaigners persuade the US safety authorities to drop a key claim for the effectiveness of helmets, and new evidence suggesting that Canada's helmet laws had no detectable effect, the BMA's stance on helmet laws is questioned by Ben Goldacre of 'Bad Science' fame.
Cyclist
Cycle helmets Campaigning Views
There is no justification for making helmet-wearing compulsory - it could undermine levels of cycle use and, in any case, the effectiveness of helmets is far from clear.
Delgado won the 1988 Tour de France (Photo: Numerius, Flickr)
Pedro Delgado joins battle against helmet compulsion in Spain News
1988 Tour de France champion Pedro Delgado has walked out of a meeting with María Segui, the director of the national traffic authority (DGT), in protest at the Government's plan to force cyclists in urban areas in Spain to wear helmets.
Ordinary, everyday, helmet-free riding that this change hopes to inspire
Helmets not required for Tour de France 2014 Grand Depart News
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.
Hire bikes - without helmets - have become very popular in Spain
Spanish traffic authority proposes compulsory helmets and other anti-cycling measures News
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.
Bradley Wiggins celebrating his victory at Hampton Court
Gold medal winner Wiggins puts road safety in spotlight News
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.
BMA calls for health, not the economy, to drive transport policy
BMA calls for health to drive transport policy Blog
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?
Knockin Noggins
Knockin' Noggins - a cracking game? News
In May 2009 the Department for Transport produced a website called 'Knockin' Noggins', aimed supposedly at promoting child cycling safety. After complaints from CTC members the game was swiftly withdrawn.
On your head be it? Bicycle helmets and recent legal cases. Blog
Many cyclists were seriously concerned when a High Court Judge recently remarked that un-helmeted cyclists who suffer head injuries may not be entitled to full compensation if it can be shown that a helmet would have reduced or prevented their injuries.
View from Stormont
Helmet law in Northern Ireland falls News
Although MLA Pat Ramsey's Private Members' Bill to make wearing helmets compulsory for all cyclists in Northern Ireland passed its second stage in the Northern Ireland Assembly, the Bill has subsequently been dropped following evidence to the Environment Committee from CTC and Sustrans.

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