A victory for Alex but Met Police off-target; CTC Gift Membership; A change of focus; 'Bicycle' film; No car cargo carriers; Youth Cycle Sport; Hi-viz - is it a bright idea?; The land army; It's showtime!
CTC proved it really is the voice of cycling this week: Chief Executive Gordon Seabright and Councillor Gwenda Owen were on ITV’s Daybreak; Cycling Development Officer in Edinburgh Kirsteen Torrance spoke eloquently on Radio 4’s Women’s Hour; and I was filmed for a feature on cycle safety on BBC’s The One Show.
Julie Rand, CTC Information Team
A victory for Alex but Met Police are off-target
CTC is delighted by the news that the Crown has dropped its prosecution of Alex Paxton, a cyclist fined for stopping just beyond a cycle box for his own safety. Alex’s case was supported by donors to the Cyclists’ Defence Fund (CDF), which is now formally linked to CTC. CDF welcomes donations to help other cyclists fighting injustice like Alex. Meanwhile, CTC condemned reports that Metropolitan Police officers were set targets to fine cyclists but a letter to us from the Head of Traffic Policing has said this was not the case. This week, however, around 2,500 officers were deployed at junctions in the capital to hand out fines to offending drivers and cyclists alike. But they also stopped cyclists behaving legally, advising some to wear helmets and hi-viz.
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CTC says change the focus
Following the recent cycle fatalities earlier this month, CTC submitted evidence on cycle safety to the Commons Transport Select Committee. We also wrote a briefing for a short parliamentary debate earlier this week. CTC believes that the top priorities in preventing more deaths should not focus on cyclist behaviour but rather better designed infrastructure, and fewer and safer lorries.
CTC is a supporting partner of ‘Bicycle’, an exciting feature documentary currently in production that tells the story of cycling in the land that invented the modern bicycle. Made by passionate cyclists, the film will show the story of the modern machine from its Victorian origins to its place in today’s cycling culture. ‘Bicycle’premiers in early July 2014 to coincide with the Tour de France Grand Départ in Yorkshire.
The no-car cargo carriers
CTC has teamed up with Gnewt Cargo to expand a trial of green deliveries as part of our involvement in the Cyclelogistics project. But the UK still has some way to go to catch up with our Continental neighbours: an officer this week stopped a rider taking his children to school in a so-called ‘wheelbarrow’ bike. What would he make of an American mum who takes SIX children to school on one bike?
Perhaps those young passengers will one day join the thousands of children who enjoy racing and competing on their bikes? Youthcyclesport.co.uk is a new website focusing specifically on the younger riders, from beginners right through to elite and national level cyclists in all cycling disciplines. It will also feature fun and fitness, cycle touring, and road skills.
Is hi-viz really a bright idea?
A new study has shown that even if cyclists wear hi-viz clothing, a small percentage of drivers will still overtake them too closely. Sporting a variety of different outfits, both hi-viz and ‘normal’ and a distance sensor, researchers found that it made no difference to the amount of dangerous overtakes they experienced.
Join the land army
Surrey and Hampshire cyclists are finding that the Ministry of Defence (MoD) is increasingly restricting access to its land. Is this happening in other parts of the country? CTC needs to be fully informed about the situation across the country so that it can speak with authority to the MoD about the issue. Tell CTC’s Senior Off-road Officer Ian Warby about your experiences.
The London Bike Show returns from 13-16 February next year. It's the UK’s largest cycling exhibition and last year attracted over 38,000 visitors. Whether road cycling, MTB, BMX, cyclecross, a family cyclist or commuting to work is your thing – you’ll find plenty to interest you. CTC members can quote ‘LBCTC’ and obtain 30% off adult tickets. Under 16s are free.
Julie Rand has edited CycleClips since 2011 and has been working at CTC in various guises since 2001.