CTC’s Road Justice campaigners met with the Sentencing Council this week to discuss the forthcoming review of sentencing guidelines for drivers. They argued that current sentences are too lenient and do nothing to deter bad driving, or take bad drivers, such as the one caught driving at 98mph in a 30mph limit, off the road for long.
Julie Rand, CTC Information Team
A tale of two cities
The contrast between conditions facing cyclists in the UK and on the Continent was brought into sharp relief this week in the national media. In BBC Radio 4’s intelligent Right of Way: Cycling and the City, Dr Kevin Fong, examined why, despite the known health benefits, many people are still put off cycling in London by the perceived danger. In Hamburg reports The Independent, however, plans are afoot to ban all cars from the city centre over the next 20 years and put commuters on bikes instead.
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And a tale of two Jeremys
The barriers to cycling faced by city dwellers in the UK were also highlighted this week in a media skirmish between Jeremy Clarkson and his BBC colleague Jeremy Vine. Jeremy C. took to Twitter to lambast a rider who had ‘taken the lane’ – the cyclist concerned later took to social media too to explain his actions – whilst Jeremy V. asked ‘why do so many drivers want to kill me?'.
Cyclists welcome - on planes, trains, pavements and waterways
But it’s not all bad news: Easyjet has raised the limits on bike weight to 32kg; the DLR will now allow non-folding bikes outside peak hours after a 6-month trial; and new guidelines explain how careful cyclists are welcome to use towpaths on inland waterways. Also, minister for cycling Robert Goodwill has lived up to his name by advocating tolerance for considerate pavement cyclists.
Keep calm and carry on cycling
Perhaps rather than using the media to vent their spleen, the two Jeremys should both watch The Quiet Season and relax. The beautiful, lyrical film from the US that explores the joy and solace of long, country rides. Meanwhile, a new study has found that cyclists are more intelligent, charitable and cooler than the average person – but CTC members knew that already!
Champion the volunteers
Do you know somebody who deserves recognition for the unpaid work they do on behalf of cycling? CTC’s Voluntary Achievement Awards are for the people and groups throughout the country who have gone the extra mile to promote and support cyclists. Nominations close on Friday 14 February and the winners will be announced at the AGM in Glasgow in May.
'Queens of Awesome'
…is how enthusiastic ‘skirt cyclist’ Cynthia Rodriguez describes her cycle instructors. Having made a New Year’s resolution at the end of 2012 to learn how to ride a bike, Cynthia achieved her goal last year with the help of the CTC Cycle Champions project in Leicester. Cynthia’s brilliant blog explains more about her new lifestyle as a regular rider and 'hard femme'.
Not linking up in Lincoln
When a new bypass was proposed for the east of Lincoln, little thought was given to how cyclists would actually access the city from surrounding the countryside and vice versa. Though a cycle path is planned next to the new road, CTC members Jeff Stratford and daughter Laura told BBC Radio Lincolnshire (at 1.07) how it cuts across minor roads used by local riders.
Pumped up at Aston Hill
CTC’s bike park at Aston Hill in Buckinghamshire is going from strength to strength. A stunning new film of Surface 2 Air, a track that was finished last year, shows off the skills of riders Matt Wakefield and Suzanne Lacey. And the pump track is seeing some great action too, as captured in a short film by Grip Media.
A festival of cycling in Yorkshire
We are excited to announce that CTC is a partner organisation for VeloFest, a brand new festival for cyclists wishing to see the Tour de France Grand Départ in Yorkshire. Taking place at Kilnsey on the route of Stage 1 from 3-6 July, there will be on-screen action plus rides and activities for all the family. CTC members can use code CTC10 for a 10% discount on tickets. Early booking advised.
Julie Rand has edited CycleClips since 2011 and has been working at CTC in various guises since 2001.