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25 January 2013 - 11:39am
Second 'Get Britain Cycling' inquiry session deals with cycle safety
20 mph is one of the easiest ways to improve safety for all road users
After discussing the strategy for cycling in the first week, the second session of the Parliamentary 'Get Britain Cycling' inquiry, on the 30th January, was a more detailed examination of cycle safety issues.
20 December 2012 - 4:55pm
Minister backs talks to improve traffic justice
Old Bailey - Scales of Justice
CTC has welcomed a commitment from Helen Grant MP, the Minister for Courts and Victims, to support discussions on how to improve the legal system's response to road traffic offences.
17 December 2012 - 3:49pm
Lorry driver in Mary Bowers case receives ‘insulting’ £2,700 fine for careless driving
Launch of The Times Cities fit for Cycling campaign
Lorry driver Petre Beiu, a Romanian national, was acquitted of the dangerous driving charge he received after hitting Mary Bowers as she commuted to work in November 2011. He was found guilty of the lesser charge of careless driving, for which he received a £2,700 fine and an 8 month driving ban.
5 December 2012 - 3:11pm
BBC1 programme manufactures conflict between road users
Conflict on the road is exaggerated in BBC1's film
Does the programme - War on Britain's Roads - present an unbalanced and sensationalist view of conditions on the road network? If you think so, complain to the BBC setting out the ways in which you feel it has misrepresented the situation.
20 November 2012 - 1:19pm
London Assembly demands better cycle infrastructure
Games lanes showed how space could be painlessly reallocated from motor traffic
The London Assembly Transport Committee is calling on the Mayor to provide much better facilities for cycling, hugely increase the budget, and set a higher target for cycle use.
16 November 2012 - 9:58am
Crown Prosecution needs to treat dangerous driving as dangerous
Charges for motoring offences involving death have changed substantially
CTC has responded to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) guidance on prosecuting bad driving, calling for a more rigorous interpretation of the law as it stands - namely, that dangerous driving should be charged as such, not downgraded to careless driving.
8 November 2012 - 6:38am
Wiggins hospitalised in crash with van
Bradley Wiggins was injured in a crash with a van
Bradley Wiggins has broken ribs and suffered other, non-serious injuries, in a crash with a van in Wrightington, Lancashire, whilst out on a training ride. The driver offered the usual 'Sorry, mate I didn't see you,' excuse, as she hit Wiggins while exiting a petrol station.
31 October 2012 - 11:14am
Which police force has seen the biggest drop in traffic policing?
London maintains a squad of traffic police who use bikes
Despite overall policing levels remaining constant, traffic police numbers fell by 29% over the last ten years. Using the Freedom of Information Act, CTC can reveal the force by force data, showing which policing area has seen the biggest decrease in traffic policing.
26 October 2012 - 10:20am
Government's response to Select Committee branded 'feeble' by CTC
The Government's response to the Select Committee inquiry
CTC is urging Ministers to show much stronger leadership on encouraging more and safer cycling, after a lamentably weak response to the Commons Transport Select Committee’s inquiry earlier this year on road safety.
19 October 2012 - 1:49pm
Call for justice review comes just as Crown Prosecution Guidance consults
Old Bailey
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.
20 September 2012 - 3:37pm
Government THINK! cycling campaign misses the bigger picture
The cycling safety campaign emphasises similarities between cyclists and drivers
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.
13 September 2012 - 4:42pm
Tell your MP that the criminal justice system isn't working
Police enforcement is the first stage in effective criminal justice
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.
7 September 2012 - 2:26pm
Traffic police numbers fall 29% in 10 years
Traffic police have become a rare sight on Britain's roads
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.
30 August 2012 - 2:56pm
Hit-and-run drink-driver who ended cyclist's paralympic dream receives 18-month sentence
Cardiff Crown Court, where driver Edward Adams was jailed. Photo: matthewgriff
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.
24 August 2012 - 10:38am
Police officer convicted of dangerous driving which left cycling musician seriously injured
Pepe Delmonte (photo: J Mark Dodds, Creative Commons)
A police officer has been convicted of dangerous driving following a collision in east London which has left a cyclist with serious injuries and possibly permanent brain-damage. Songwriter Pepe Belmonte was about to launch his first album, but has since had to relearn to walk and play the guitar.
16 August 2012 - 1:34pm
CTC says latest road safety figures are a wake-up call to Government
Tackling major roads and junctions as well as road user behaviour is required
New quarterly road casualty figures reinforce the bad news of other similar figures from recent months, not just for cyclists but for motorcyclists and pedestrians too. However, without quarterly data on cycle use, the change in level of risk is unknown.
2 August 2012 - 6:57am
Gold medal winner Wiggins puts road safety in spotlight
Bradley Wiggins celebrating his victory at Hampton Court
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.
1 August 2012 - 12:22pm
Families of both those killed by Joao Lopes demand his licence be removed permanently
Lorries are required to have some extra mirrors fitted, but not enough
The families of Eilidh Cairns and Nora Gutmann, both killed by the same HGV driver - 56-year-old Joao Lopes - have demanded that his licence be permanently removed. Lopes pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and was sentenced to 4 years in jail but just a 6 year driving ban.
17 July 2012 - 4:35pm
Road safety inquiry highlights lack of Government leadership on cycling
CTC President Jon Snow
A report from the Transport Select Committee has criticised the Government over the handling of cycle safety. The report emerged following evidence given by CTC and CTC's President Jon Snow earlier in the year.
29 June 2012 - 9:28am
Killer HGV driver pleads guilty to causing death by dangerous driving
Lorries are disproportionately involved in pedestrian and cyclists' deaths
Lorry driver Joao Lopes hit and killed Eilidh Cairns in 2009 but was only ever fined for poor eyesight. Last year he ran over and killed 97-year-old Nora Gutmann in 2011. He has now pleaded guilty to causing death by dangerous driving and tachograph offences.

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