12 February 2016 - 2:23pm
The long history of how 'localism' hasn't worked for cycling
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
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
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?
11 December 2015 - 2:50pm
How will the proposed increase in the Small Claims limit affect cyclists?
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?
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?
12 November 2015 - 11:20am
Helmets, excuses, irrelevant facts and blame deflection
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
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.
6 October 2015 - 9:42am
The Near Miss Project is back!
The Near Miss Project returns this month for a second year, studying cycling near misses and other non-injury incidents. Senior Lecturer in Transport at the University of Westminster Dr Rachel Aldred, who leads on the project, writes why it is important for cyclists to take part.
5 October 2015 - 12:16pm
Trails for Wales - where next?
Throughout September CTC and Open MTB’s ran the joint campaign, Trails for Wales, and galvanised support of over 4,000 from the off road community and wider cycling industry into what could be a game changer for off road access.
25 September 2015 - 11:44am
Promoting cycling at the Labour Party Conference in Brighton
The Labour Party Conference starts in a few days’ time in Brighton. Local campaigner, Becky Reynolds, has been working with Bricycles and CTC to put on a ride to promote Space for Cycling to delegates on 30 September. Read Becky's blog below for more, and if you're around in Brighton, do come along!
11 September 2015 - 1:38pm
Why Trails for Wales?
While the supporter base for CTC and Open MTB’s Trails for Wales campaign keeps on growing, some campaigners have questioned why CTC would support such a campaign. Sam Jones, CTC Communications and Campaigns Coordinator explains why.
28 July 2015 - 9:55am
Cycle racing relaxation – will it help?
Following Chris Froome’s second victory in the Tour de France, the Department for Transport announced that it will relax antiquated road regulations which restricted road racing to boost tourism and double the number of cycle journeys. CTC considers the implications.
4 June 2015 - 5:49pm
Velo-city: it's not all about the bike (or trike)
This week at Velo-city in Nantes cycling organisations, decision makers and campaigners are meeting to discuss best practice. CTC's Sam Jones is there sharing how CTC is campaigning for change in the UK.