13 April 2017 - 1:24pm
The Michael Mason case - why, what happened, and where now?
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?
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?
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?
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
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 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
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.
4 November 2016 - 1:31pm
National campaign conference comes to St Albans
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!
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
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
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
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
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
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.
22 December 2015 - 2:50pm
Distracted message on driver mobile phone use
Clamping down on driver mobile phone use: by catching fewer offenders, sending them for retraining, disqualifying fewer drivers and ignoring other distraction risks. Roll up to read the Government’s new Road Safety Statement!
21 December 2015 - 10:42am
Devolving Dutch Cycle Power from London to the Regions
With London receiving several times the level of funding for cycling and associated media coverage the rest of the country enjoys, is there a ‘London Bias’? Or is this what you get with an elected mayor with extended powers? And can devolution bring this to a region near you?
26 November 2015 - 11:05am
Can you count your Worship?
If drivers are supposed to be disqualified from driving when they incur 12 points on their licence in a three year period, why are over 7000 people still allowed to drive after accumulating between 12 and 45 points? Can the Magistrates not manage the maths or do they just misunderstand the meaning of 'exceptional' hardship, the motorist's mitigation?
23 November 2015 - 2:37pm
Cyclism - the Coroner's Chronicles
Two weeks ago one Coroner claimed a lorry driver would not have expected to see a cyclist on a trunk road. Last week another speculated that a driver's failure to see the cyclist in daylight 'may have been compounded by his clothing'. CTC's Duncan Dollimore asks do the Coroners understand cycling - or perhaps more importantly, the Highway Code?
19 November 2015 - 9:59am
Why should cyclists support Road Safety Week 2015?
As Road Safety Week goes green with a 'drive less, live more' theme for 2015, CTC's Duncan Dollimore asks is it time to take a broader approach to cycling and road safety campaigning with a cycle to improve safety message?