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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.
28 June 2012 - 9:04am
Cycle casualties increase sharply in 2011
Reduced traffic policing may be partly behind the rise in casualties
Figures released today from the Government show that cycle use increased very slightly in 2011, however, the numbers of serious injuries rose markedly. CTC is calling on Government to do more to improve safety.
20 June 2012 - 10:54am
Driver convicted of killing receives short driving ban and 300 hours community service
The approximate location on the A1035 where Tim Andrew was hit
An HGV driver who killed a cyclist while speeding with a "smudged" windscreen has received a worryingly lenient sentence. This is yet another case which reveals the inadequate workings of the judicial system.
18 June 2012 - 2:15pm
Could Northern Ireland go 20 mph?
20mph could be the default residential speed limit in Northern Ireland
Conall McDevitt MLA has tabled a Private Member's Bill in the Northern Ireland Legislative Assembly which seeks to make 20mph the default speed limit on most residential roads in the 6 counties.
24 May 2012 - 10:19am
CTC member gets compensation after being hit by a bus
Cyclists in a bus lane in London
A CTC member from Ealing has received a six figure out-of-court settlement from Transdev London after a double decker bus knocked him off his bike and ran over his leg, resulting in it being amputated below the knee.
15 May 2012 - 10:29am
IAM red light jumping stats for cyclists misleading says CTC
IAM red light jumping stats for cyclists misleading says CTC
A ‘survey’ by IAM, as reported by BikeBiz and The Guardian’s Bike Blog, suggests that ‘57% of cyclists admit to jumping red lights’.
3 May 2012 - 2:26pm
London cab firm boycotted by cyclists
John Griffin of Addison Lee
The owner of Addison Lee - a minicab company that operates in central London - has got into hot water with cyclists after a series of belligerent statements about cyclists and bus lanes.
19 March 2012 - 12:36pm
Success! The Government are now measuring perceptions of safety
Bikes outside parliament
Instead of measuring numbers of injuries and deaths to cyclists, CTC believes Government should measure risk to cyclists and the perception of safety. The Department for Transport has now agreed to measure against both indicators. This will give a clearer picture about changes to cycle safety.
15 March 2012 - 1:00am
20mph pilot in Bristol finds slower speeds and enthusiastic residents
Cycling has increased even on 20 mph main roads
A trial of two 20mph speed limit areas in Bristol has resulted in lower speeds, more reported walking and cycling and residents even more enthusiastic about lower speeds than they were at the start of the trial. Injuries, bus journey times and air quality have remained constant.
7 March 2012 - 5:07pm
Government to go ahead with longer lorries trial despite cyclists' objections
25m long lorry in Sweden (proposed British ones are shorter than this!)
The Department for Transport is pressing ahead with a ten-year trial of longer lorries, despite acknowledging the potential danger to vulnerable road users and the impact on road infrastructure. During its first year, the trial could see 1,800 of the larger vehicles on the roads of the UK.
5 March 2012 - 5:03pm
CTC gives evidence to Select Committee inquiry into road safety
CTC gives evidence to Select Committee inquiry into road safety
The House of Commons Transport Select Committee scrutinises the Department for Transport's spending and policy decisions. Following the launch of a new policy on road safety the Select Committee chose that topic to investigate.
23 February 2012 - 1:00am
Will the transport secretary turn the cycling debate into action?
The debating chamber of Westminster Hall was packed for the debate on cycling
After a hugely positive debate on cycling in the House of Commons, CTC has called on Transport Secretary Justine Greening MP to support an action plan for ‘more and safer cycling’.
9 February 2012 - 3:54pm
Cities fit for cycling
Cities fit for cycling
The Times has launched a campaign to improve cycle safety following the serious injury to a reporter on the paper. An 8 point manifesto has been published, with the focus on lorries, junctions, cycle infrastructure and 20 mph as the default urban speed limit.
31 October 2011 - 3:57pm
Cycle casualty numbers not reducing fast enough
Safety in Numbers
CTC, the national cycling charity, is concerned that the annual number of cyclist casualties does not appear to be reducing, even though the number of cycling trips remains similar to the levels seen during 2009.
31 October 2011 - 3:41pm
Government’s new road safety strategy offers a mixed picture for cyclists
Safety in Numbers image
CTC has welcomed key elements of the Government's new Strategic Framework for Road Safety. However, proposals to improve standards of driving risk being undermined by cuts to police numbers.
11 October 2011 - 10:51pm
Longer lorries trial goes ahead despite cyclists' objections
CTC - Working for Cycling
The Department for Transport is pressing ahead with a ten-year trial of longer lorries, despite acknowledging the potential danger to vulnerable road users and the impact on road infrastructure. During its first year, the trial could see 1,800 of the larger vehicles on the roads of the UK.
1 September 2011 - 4:38pm
Cyclists' Defence Fund challenges Sheffield Council on dangerous roads
Cyclists' Defence Fund
The Cyclists’ Defence Fund (CDF), a charity set up to challenge legal issues affecting cyclists, has served notice on Sheffield City Council Highways that it considers one of its iconic roads to be 'out of repair'.
15 September 2010 - 12:00am
Portsmouth 20 mph limits lead to lower speeds and fewer casualties
Children campaigning for 20mph in Portsmouth
Two years after implementation of 20mph speed limits on 94% of the Portsmouth street network, results have shown that speeds fell, especially on roads where speeds were already high. Casualties have declined and attitudes of people to 20mph and both walking and cycling have improved.

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