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1 April 2013 - 7:39am
Helmets not required for Tour de France 2014 Grand Depart
Ordinary, everyday, helmet-free riding that this change hopes to inspire
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.
21 March 2013 - 2:29pm
Put cycling on the National Curriculum
Providing Bikeability cycle training is crucial to create a cycling culture
Although cycling is the third most popular activity amongst children and a crucial life skill, only half of all children have access to good quality Bikeability cycle training. CTC members have urging that all schools provide cycle training as part of the National Curriculum.
18 March 2013 - 10:10am
What cyclists want drivers to know: road safety campaign tells all
What Matters Most Poster
CTC has welcomed a new publicity campaign from Road Safety GB Mercia (Midlands area) because of its refreshing emphasis on educating drivers about cyclists' needs, concerns and safety.
5 March 2013 - 11:23am
Spanish traffic authority proposes compulsory helmets and other anti-cycling measures
Hire bikes - without helmets - have become very popular in Spain
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.
28 February 2013 - 11:09am
Taxis in Belfast bus lanes will endanger cyclists, say campaigners
Protesters gathered to object to allowing more taxis into bus lanes
CTC's Tom McClelland and Barry Flood joined other cycle campaigners in protesting against allowing taxis into bus lanes in Belfast.
4 February 2013 - 3:41pm
Police and Crime Commissioners should prioritise road safety
Write to your PCC asking them to prioritise road safety
Join CTC in writing to your Police and Crime Commissioner asking them to prioritise road safety.
1 February 2013 - 12:44pm
No to higher lorry speeds
HGV on a narrow rural lane
CTC has voiced its opposition to Government proposals to raise the speed limit for goods vehicles on rural single-carriageway roads, saying this would worsen cycle safety on rural lanes.
25 January 2013 - 10:39am
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 - 3:55pm
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 - 2:49pm
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 - 2:11pm
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 - 12:19pm
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 - 8:58am
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 - 5:38am
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 - 10:14am
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 - 9:20am
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 - 12:49pm
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 - 2:37pm
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 - 3:42pm
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 - 1:26pm
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.

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