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22 June 2017 - 10:12am
Summer of safe cycling
West Midlands Police with their new Cycling UK close pass mat
In March 2017, Cycling UK launched its #TooCloseForComfort fundraising campaign. While ostensibly its goal was to give every UK police force a “close pass” mat, the real driving force was to make the roads safer for cycling. Cycling UK’s Sam Jones reports …
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.
24 April 2017 - 11:30am
Slovenian ladder case leads to e-bike insurance debate
Three cyclists on e-bikes
A tractor driver knocking a man off a ladder on a Slovenian farm has led to the possible extension of compulsory motor insurance to include e-bikes in the UK. But when is a bike propelled by mechanical power, and when is it merely power assisted? And will the Government do what it promised and exercise common sense with any insurance changes?
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.
23 March 2017 - 11:07am
Exchanging places
Lorry driver on a cycle training course
The next best thing after safer direct vision lorries, is driver training. That's what Cycling UK volunteer and cycle instructor Glenn Blake is doing when he's not helping us out: teaching roadcraft from a cycling perspective to lorry drivers.
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?
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 - 6:54pm
Cutting cyclists' compensation to feed fat-cat insurers
Cyclist on the tarmac after a collision
5,500 people have emailed the Government in support of our 'Road Victims are Real Victims' campaign, and to tell them not to cheat vulnerable road users out of injury compensation. If you're not one of them, perhaps you don't yet realise how the interests of insurers now seem to trump those of crash victims, and what may be about to be taken away from you! Cycling UK's Duncan Dollimore explains:
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.
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!
15 August 2016 - 10:05am
Protecting the public from cyclists?
Mansfield market square, where cycling is banned
What do the sale of psychoactive substances, dog fouling and cycling have in common? According to Mansfield District Council they're all anti-social activities which need to be banned, with offenders liable for fines for freewheeling down Leeming Street. If you cycle in Mansfield, then Cycling UK needs to hear from you urgently!
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
10 May 2016 - 10:32am
Josie Dew blogs about beeping drivers
Josie Dew and her children
Cycling UK's Vice President Josie Dew discusses drivers who blast their horns at cyclists.
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.
19 February 2016 - 1:56pm
Update on the lorry safety jigsaw
Wardington - soon to be disturbed by 500 HS2 lorries passing through daily
As CTC asks supporters to Take Action for Lorry Safety, Duncan Dollimore provides a news update on how the challenges to protecting cyclists from lorry danger are being tackled, including vehicle design, procurement, safer employer and driver behaviour, and lorry bans.
22 December 2015 - 2:50pm
Distracted message on driver mobile phone use
Driver using one hand to use his mobile phone
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!
 
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