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Which car ads show breaches of the Highway Code?

The ASA ruling that outlaws cyclists not wearing helmets and riding outside 'secondary position' is a very hazy interpretation of the Highway Code and cycle training expertise. If you've got examples of car ads that show Highway Code infringements by drivers, let us know and we'll collect them here.
A car ad involving driving around with flares was accepted by the ASA

We've already collected many examples of adverts that show cycling to be normal and aspirational, yet would fall foul of the ASA's latest ruling.

To help further Cycling Scotland's appeal, we'd also like to point to the many adverts for cars that show flagrant breaches of the Highway Code.

So let's get started

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Which ads are now banned? Your examples wanted

The ASA's bizarre ruling (under appeal by Cycling Scotland) that all cyclists must now be helmeted and cyclists must adopt dangerous road positioning has caused anger amongst the cycling community. If you've got examples of ads that would now be banned, please send them here.
Unhelmeted hipsters riding all over a promenade. Tsk tsk.

The ASA's ruling is being appealed by Cycling Scotland. To help support that appeal, we'd like examples of advertising - print and broadcast - that show cycling as a normal activity, and which would therefore (theoretically) not be allowed.

To start you off, here is CTC's own cinema advert, 'Cycle Hero', made a few years ago to communicate the issue of climate change and suggest cycling as an alternative.

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Advertising watchdog’s helmet ruling threatens the promotion of normal cycling

CTC, the national cycling charity, has voiced concern over a ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) which could prevent future adverts from showing cyclists without helmets on TV.
The image that proved controversial to the ASA

In response to complaints against a TV advert produced by Cycling Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government, the ASA ruled that all future television advertising featuring cyclists must only show cyclists wearing helmets. 

The ASA also ruled that the cyclist's position on the road in the advert was unsafe. CTC believes this is at odds with UK-wide national standards for cycle training, which CTC was instrumental in developing, and which are now backed by the UK and Scottish Governments.

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Cake-loving lady cyclists wanted in Scotland…!

After a rainy day in the saddle with the fledgling Edinburgh Belles on Bikes, CTC Cycling Development Officer for Scotland Suzanne Forup needs some help getting more women on their bikes...
Four women on bikes

Yesterday four fairly intrepid Edinburgh Belles braved the January rain with me to launch the start of Belles on Bikes across Scotland.

Despite the dreich (that means cold, damp and miserable for the English speakers) conditions the ladies kept smiling, particularly as we rolled along Portobello Promenade into the Beach House for tea, cake and defrosting…

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'Space for Cycling' Sheffield Meeting 25th January

Type: 
Local Group Event (inc DATC and Audax Rides)
Cost: 
Free

CTC, London Cycling Campaign and Cyclenation are holding the 2nd 'Space for Cycling' joint meeting in Sheffield at the Showroom & Workstation on Saturday 25 January.

'Space for Cycling' Sheffield Meeting Agenda is available to view (please see attachment below)

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Why should cyclists use Twitter?

Some say Twitter is a waste of time. It is, however, the world’s largest global conversation and is a very effective way for cyclists to network, campaign and communicate.
Twitter logo

Twitter is an information network made up of 140-character messages called 'Tweets'. It's an easy way to discover the latest news related to subjects you care about, and you can add pictures and videos too.

Charlotte's Tandems

Name

Charlotte's Tandems

Type of organisation

Registered Charity

Location

Muir of Ord (private address, available on application)

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Fort William World Cup 7-8 June 2014 - Early Bird Tickets

If you've been before, you know exactly why this event in the Highlands has won the best World Cup award a record-breaking nine times.
Big Air at Fort William World Cup

10 reasons to buy a Fort William World Cup early bird ticket:

Yes, in plenty of time for Christmas, the 2014 UCI Mountain Bike World Cup early bird tickets have just gone on sale.

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CTC Scotland Gathering appoints new committee

CTC Scotland met in Larbert for the annual gathering and refreshed and rebuilt their committee for 2013-14.
CTC Scotland Commitee 2013-14

When Dr Chris Oliver was head-hunted to be the new chairman of CTC Scotland in 2011, it was his remit to reinvigorate and refresh the Scottish Committee. This has certainly been achieved.

At the gathering, Gordon Seabright CTC national CEO gave a inspiring workshop on where CTC is going, and John Lauder, National Director for Sustrans Scotland, outlined their developments.

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Inspiring women from the saddle - Glasgow Women's Library

CTC's Cycle Development Officer in Scotland, Suzanne Forup, is hoping that CTC will be able to fill a new shelf at the Glasgow Women's Library - with books by female cycle authors.
Paperback edition of Two Wheels in the Dust

Last week marked the 4th anniversary of the death of Anne Mustoe, ex-headmistress and intrepid cycle traveller. Her travels by bike started in 1987, when she embarked on a round-the-world trip. She wasn't slim or sporty, and couldn't fix a puncture.

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