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24 July 2014 - 12:13pm
Jersey's under-14 helmet law "will harm public health and the island's reputation for family cycling"
Gorey harbour in Jersey - the scene for the Jersey Festival of 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.
18 July 2014 - 11:54am
£10 a head for cycling by 2020 say MPs
Inquiry witnesses Edmund King (AA), Chris Boardman (BC) and Roger Geffen (CTC)
The Commons Transport Select Committee's inquiry report on Cycle Safety has been published, endorsing many of CTC's recommendations.
17 July 2014 - 11:36am
1 in 5 motorists not banned for causing a death
1 in 5 motorists who kill are not banned - is this justice?
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.
10 July 2014 - 10:34am
Put an end to over-zealous fining in London
New Kent Road, London - where cyclist Kristian was fined
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'.
26 June 2014 - 11:18am
Say goodbye to ‘Cyclists Stay Back’ stickers
The offending sticker on the back of a bus
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.
25 June 2014 - 9:33am
Watchdog overturns its finding on Cycling Scotland ad thanks to CTC's evidence
The original offending image, now deemed acceptable
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.
19 June 2014 - 11:32am
German court says helmet-free cycling is not 'negligence'
A smashed helmet
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.
12 June 2014 - 5:01pm
CTC's Sentencing Debate sparks call to email Justice Minister
Simeon Maskrey QC speaking at the sentencing debate
The debate on Friday 13 June highlighted high levels of dissatisfaction with the sentencing of drivers who endanger other road users. It also aimed to influence the Sentencing Council's review of sentencing guidelines for driving offences.
10 June 2014 - 3:24pm
Maximum fines for driving offences rise
The Government has proposed to increase fines for driving offences
The maximum fines that magistrates can impose for road traffic offences are set to rise under new proposals from the Ministry of Justice.
5 June 2014 - 4:18pm
CTC explains cycle safety to high-level transport commission
Cyclist and other road users
CTC's Campaigns Director, Roger Geffen, has today focused the minds of a high-level group of independent transport experts, MPs, Peers and others on improving Britain's record on cycling safety.
3 June 2014 - 10:28am
CTC holds expert panel debate on sentencing
Follow CTC's debate on sentencing on Twitter using #CTCdebate
Follow CTC's debate on sentencing on Twitter using #CTCdebate The debate starts at 9am on Friday 13 June.
23 May 2014 - 3:49pm
Eight year wait for safer lorry cabs
18 cyclists die a year in the UK in lorry crashes
Representatives of EU Member States have agreed to delay the introduction of safer lorry cabins for eight years.
23 May 2014 - 9:52am
Let's get the best for cycling out of HS2
House of Parliament
CTC isn’t taking sides on whether or not to build HS2 Phase 1 (the proposed high speed rail line between London and the West Midlands), but we do want to make sure that cyclists get the best deal out of the project.
16 May 2014 - 11:32am
Parliament debates new sentences as driving bans fall
Courts are still reluctant to hand out long driving bans for serious offences
MPs this week debated Government proposals to extend sentences for those who flout driving bans, but new figures show that the courts are not prioritising driving bans in the first place.
14 May 2014 - 4:08pm
CTC urges Transport Secretary to support safer lorries
HGVs make up 5% of traffic in Britain but are involved in 18% of cyclist deaths
CTC and other active travel organisations have written a joint letter to the Secretary of State for Transport, Patrick McLoughlin, urging him to support a proposed amendment to EU rules on safer lorry designs. And you can write to him too!
9 May 2014 - 2:24pm
Cycling and safety groups restate objections to TfL sticker on vans and buses
The offending sticker on the back of a bus
CTC has joined the London Cycling Campaign (LCC) and other cycling and road safety groups in reiterating our call for Transport for London (TfL) to halt the use by van, taxi and bus operators of a warning sticker telling cyclists to 'Stay Back'.
7 May 2014 - 11:44am
Government announces driving offences and penalties review
Sentences for drivers who kill while banned will be extended
The Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, has announced that the Government will conduct a full review of driving offences and penalties over the next few months.
15 April 2014 - 10:37am
Euro Parliament votes for safer lorry designs
Lorries pose a serious risk to cyclists
The European Parliament voted today (April 15) to change the regulations for the design of lorry cabs to make lorries safer and more fuel efficient, a move which could potentially save hundreds of lives a year.
3 April 2014 - 3:57pm
2 million potholes repaired last year
Potholes are a huge concern of cyclists on rural lanes
Over £100m was spent filling potholes in England and Wales last year, and over £15m paid out in compensation to those injured or their vehicles damaged, according to new figures from the Annual Local Authority Road Maintenance survey, published today.
7 March 2014 - 12:00pm
The AA launches ‘Think Bike’ awareness campaign
The AA is urging drivers to look out for cyclists when manoeuvring
The AA has launched a driver awareness campaign aimed at creating mutual respect on the roads.

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