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8 April 2016 - 6:11pm
Walk, Cycle, Vote and take action in Scotland!
We'd vote for safe routes to pre-school
Cycling UK President has written to Scotland’s Holyrood candidates on behalf of the We Walk, We Cycle, We Vote campaign this week supporting the campaign's activities of the last couple of weeks to see if they will support our three main asks for active travel for the next parliament.
7 April 2016 - 6:13pm
World Health Organisation suggests promoting cycling to combat diabetes
Cyclists in Edinburgh
This World Health Day, it is diabetes that has taken the spotlight. As the disease continues to afflict more and more people around the world, the World Health Organisation has recommended cycling as a means to help combat it. Cycling UK's Space for Cycling campaigner Tom Guha takes a closer look.
26 March 2016 - 12:41pm
A Cycling and Walking 'Investment' Strategy with woefully little investment
A "Cycle-proofed" motorway in Perth (Creative Commons image via Wikipedia)
The Government's draft strategy's admirable fine words about normalising cycling and walking by 2040 aren't remotely matched by its targets and policies, and particularly the woeful lack of investment, says CTC Policy Director Roger Geffen.
22 March 2016 - 1:02pm
Showcasing Cycling UK Scotland
Suzanne Forup
Suzanne Forup, Cycling UK Head of Development Scotland, is busy campaigning ahead of the Scottish election, supporting the Women's Cycle Forum and speaking at The Women and Cycling Conference, The Cycle Touring Festival and Sit Less, Get Active.
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.
3 March 2016 - 1:44pm
Healthy New Towns to Get Britain Cycling?
Parked cycles
NHS England are looking to cycling in their plans to build 10 'Healthy New Towns'. A promising step - but does it go far enough asks CTC's new campaigner Tom Guha.
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.
12 February 2016 - 2:23pm
The long history of how 'localism' hasn't worked for cycling
Lord (formerly Sir George) Young: still promoting cycling (photo c/o Lord Young)
In the second of two parliamentary debates within a week, Lord (formerly Sir George) Young harked back to his first speech on cycling as a new MP in 1975. It prompted CTC's Roger Geffen to reflect on why governments of all colours keep passing responsibility for cycling to local councils, and why this prescription still isn't working.
4 February 2016 - 7:43pm
New faces and encouraging words, but same response
Westminster at dusk
In the wake of Parliament’s largest social media interaction with the public via the #funding4cycling on 2 February, MPs took to Westminster Hall on Wednesday 3 February to debate the very real issue of funding for cycling. CTC’s Sam Jones shares his thoughts...
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.
24 December 2015 - 10:11am
24 December: Twas the night before Christmas
Cycling Santa
This year CTC re-imagines the classic poem of Father Christmas delivering his gifts...but this time by trike.
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!
21 December 2015 - 10:42am
Devolving Dutch Cycle Power from London to the Regions
Festive city cycling showing xmas tree and stationary smiling cyclist
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?
11 December 2015 - 2:50pm
How will the proposed increase in the Small Claims limit affect cyclists?
Will small claims limit rise for cyclists injured in road collisions help?
CTC-linked charity Cyclists' Defence Fund recently asked Oliver Jeffcott, a personal injury lawyer with Slater and Gordon, who provide legal assistance to CTC members, to write a blog outlining the implications of an increase in the small claims limit for cyclists injured in road collisions.
26 November 2015 - 11:05am
Can you count your Worship?
Picture of simple maths and calulator
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
An Orwellian version of coroners' rules for cyclists
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?
Family Cycling in Paris. Picture flckr L.Urquiza
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?
12 November 2015 - 11:20am
Helmets, excuses, irrelevant facts and blame deflection
Group of leisure cyclists some with helmets and some not
CTC's Duncan Dollimore examines why a cyclist not wearing a helmet and other excuses are used to deflect blame in motoring offences, and why so many people, including judges, are unduly empathetic to road crime offenders.
9 November 2015 - 4:44pm
Further torture from Treasury on Transport
Chancellor outside No 11 Downing St
As HM Treasury proudly announces that the Department for Transport has agreed to make cuts of more than 30% over the next four years, CTC campaigner Sam Jones wonders what this might mean for cycling.
4 November 2015 - 11:04am
Why 'turn left on red' is not 'running red lights'
Line of Vélib hire bikes outside a Paris store.
Reflections by Duncan Dollimore on headlines about proposals allowing cyclists to jump red lights, and how a similar plans introduced in Paris have met apparent success.
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