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7 July 2017 - 11:19am
Roads, horses, pollution...and cycling
Air pollution in the city
The Government’s contradictory plans for tacking air pollution and investing in roads have both hit the news this week. They were debated in Parliament too, as was equestrian safety. Cycling UK made sure cycling got mentioned in three debates on successive days.
23 June 2017 - 9:18am
"My Government will" - do nothing about this
Photo of the scales of justice
Three years since it was first promised, three Justice Secretaries later, nine thousand consultation responses, a two-year legislative programme, but we are still waiting for new legislation on road traffic offences and penalties. As the Queen announces what the Government will do in the next two years, Duncan Dollimore explains that there is silence on the promise to tackle bad driving and improve road safety.
31 May 2017 - 3:04pm
Driver to face trial in Sam Boulton dooring case
Scales of Justice photo
Twenty six year old inspirational teacher Sam Boulton died last year in a car dooring incident. With the private hire driver's trial due to start next week, Duncan Dollimore looks at what needs to be done to make sure that dooring is taken seriously, and drivers are made aware of the dangers.
11 May 2017 - 10:01am
Our Lawless Roads
Picture of the scales of justice
'Our Lawless Roads' is the detailed report the national road victims' charity RoadPeace published yesterday which calls for a reversal in the cuts to traffic police numbers. With falling prosecutions, increased numbers of drivers failing to stop after collisions, and deliberately aggressive driving on the increase, Cycling UK believes we need visible roads policing to ensure offenders fear the consequences if they're caught. Duncan Dollimore looks into Our Lawless Roads.
2 May 2017 - 9:07am
Parliamentary group reports on cycling and the justice system
Picture of the scales of justice
The All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group's report on cycling and the justice system was published today, with fourteen recommendations to reduce danger and ensure justice. It won't change things overnight, but Duncan Dollimore explains why Cycling UK welcomes the report, and how the recommendations can be used within Road Justice campaigning.
13 April 2017 - 1:24pm
The Michael Mason case - why, what happened, and where now?
The scales of justice
A private prosecution ended in the driver's acquittal, but why did Cycling UK's Cyclists' Defence Fund bring the case, what was the evidence, and where do we go with Road Justice campaigning from here? It's a long read, but Duncan Dollimore answers those questions here.
8 March 2017 - 11:22am
Roads policing protecting cyclists - with half the budget?
Police officers cycling
The Government has been told that traffic law enforcement needs specialist traffic officers and visible roads policing, but the numbers keep falling alongside the decline in detection of traffic offences. Whilst political will and more resources are needed, does the West Midland's close pass scheme show how, whilst we're waiting, clever enforcement can mean getting more for less?
1 March 2017 - 11:01am
Increasing mobile phone penalties - but will this be enforced?
Staged photo of driver texting at the wheel
The penalties for mobile phone use whilst driving have increased, but where's the deterrence without enforcement, what about the wider issues with distracted driving, why did the Government listen on this issue, and what's the lesson for other campaigning? Cycling UK's Senior Road Safety Officer Duncan Dollimore investigates.
10 February 2017 - 4:08pm
Do you do the Dutch Reach?
Dutch cycling
We all know the Dutch have it pretty sussed when it comes to cycling, but is copying the way they open their car doors going a step too far in our admiration? Campaigns and Communications Coordinator, Sam Jones says not.
9 February 2017 - 3:54pm
Cycling UK's response to the Ministry of Justice consultation on driving offences and penalties
Scales of Justice photo
With over 9000 responses to the Government consultation on driving offences and penalties a clear message has been sent - the system needs an overhaul, and just tinkering with it won't do. Here's what Duncan Dollimore, Cycling UK's senior road safety officer has told them they should start with - we'll see if, as the Prime Minister promised on day one in office, this is a government that will listen.
27 January 2017 - 11:10am
Cycling and the Justice System
The scales of justice
The parliamentary inquiry into cycling and the justice system kicks off next week. Those who would like the justice system to do a better job for cyclists can support the inquiry, and make a noise about it. Those who prefer to just complain can join the naysayers. Senior road safety and legal campaigner Duncan Dollimore explains...+
22 December 2016 - 12:02pm
Encouraging car dooring is fine - it's just "heavy irony" says Sunday Times
Sunday Times columnist Rod Liddle. Photo: Paul Murphy (Creative Commons)
The Sunday Times says it's fine for national newspapers to print articles promoting and encouraging crime, distressing victims families, and with boasts about the columnist's own attempted crimes. You just print it and say you were being heavily ironic - the poorest excuse for lazy journalism ever.
21 December 2016 - 3:54pm
Sunday Times glorifies Transport Secretary’s car-dooring of a cyclist
Sunday Times columnist Rod Liddle. Photo: Paul Murphy (Creative Commons)
The injuries suffered by cyclist Jaiqi Liu, hit by Chris Grayling MP’s ministerial car door, has prompted a mocking response from Sunday Times columnist Rod Liddle. Cycling UK Policy Director Roger Geffen reacts.
4 November 2016 - 1:31pm
National campaign conference comes to St Albans
Cycling UK - Cyclenation campaign conference, London 2014
The annual Cycling UK – Cyclenation Campaigners Conference this year is held in St Albans on Saturday 19 November, and with its jam packed agenda it shouldn’t be missed.
28 October 2016 - 4:20pm
People don't like cyclists - says impartial Magistrate!
Picture of City of London Magstrates Court
Why bother with facts when you can rely on prejudice and teach that behaviour to others? This week's lesson from a London Magistrate is that people don't like cyclists, your held in low esteem, and you really must do something to repair your reputation. Good to hear there's no bicycle bias on the Bench!
19 October 2016 - 5:45pm
Intimidation: why our roads need to change
Picture from WMP on near misses
In this blog, co-chair of the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG) and MP Brentford and Isleworth, Ruth Cadbury, shares her concerns about intimidatory behaviour on our roads, and what the APPCG plans to do about it.
22 June 2016 - 1:03pm
"Nothing to be done" Government inaction on delayed sentencing review continues
Ministry of Justice London
Two years ago the then Justice Secretary Chris Grayling announced a full review of all driving offences and penalties. Replaced by Michael Gove last year, what do Grayling and Gove have in common apart from their views on Brexit? The answer is under their watch, waiting for the review is like Waiting for Godot, Samuel Beckett’s play where there is nothing to be done, and [SPOILERS] nothing happens
19 April 2016 - 10:35am
Tell your PCC candidates road crime is real crime
Bicycle parked outside a polling station
Your Police and Crime Commissioner candidates have been asked by Cycling UK President and Channel 4 newscaster Jon Snow to support roads policing and reverse the decline in traffic officer numbers. Are any of your candidates prepared to Vote Bike and make a funding commitment?
15 March 2016 - 11:26am
MPs back CTC’s calls on road traffic law enforcement
Parliament
A House of Commons Committee has officially recognised many of CTC’s concerns about cycling safety in its report on its inquiry into road traffic law enforcement, published on 15 March 2016. It also supports a range of solutions we have been recommending for some time and raised in the evidence we submitted to the inquiry, both orally and in writing. We now urge the Government to implement them.
13 January 2016 - 4:58pm
Serious injuries and comical sentencing
Cyclists protest against inadequate sentencing showing bikes on court steps
Two cyclists still recovering from life-threatening injuries caused by dangerous drivers. Two convicted motorists spared jail and given suspended sentences. Too many lenient sentences in serious injury cases. Too long to wait for the Government's Review of Sentencing for motoring offences.
 
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