4 February 2016 - 6:43pm
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...
1 February 2016 - 7:52am
Capitals for cyclists need contracts for safety
Transport for London today announced the launch of a new bus safety programme, including a plan to incentivise safety in its contracts. With further promises of more transparency in collision investigations, and the UK’s first incident support service for those injured in collisions, is a public authority finally listening to the voice of campaigners and independent report recommendations?
25 January 2016 - 1:40pm
Cyclist’s safety and corporate irresponsibility
Drivers given delivery schedules they can’t safely achieve. Employers cutting corners and costs when putting profit before safety. Guaranteed delivery promises which incentivise risky driving. A tale of corporate indifference to road casualties which demands a cultural change - or should we just follow the US example and make companies pay for unsafe practices that shatter lives?
18 January 2016 - 4:03pm
HSE guide to doing nothing about road safety
The Health and Safety Executive plead that ‘Policy’ prevents the prosecution of Frys, but ignore their Protocol with the CPS and the Transport Safety Commission's recommendation that they play a greater role in the investigation of work-related road deaths. Time to take their heads out of the sand!
13 January 2016 - 3:58pm
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 - 1:50pm
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 - 5:06pm
Go on a winter cycling treasure hunt
The Boxing Day walk is a thing of tradition in the UK, but why not spruce it up a bit and make it a little more interesting with a cycle treasure hunt instead?
21 December 2015 - 9:42am
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?
17 December 2015 - 10:33am
Video - What do cyclists want for Christmas?
What would you like from Cycling Santa this Christmas? We asked some of the team here at CTC. Watch the video for some great ideas for buying a present for a cyclist.
16 December 2015 - 8:30am
The confidential bus driver and the safer cyclist
In January, London bus drivers will be able to report confidentially safety concerns through CIRAS (confidential incident reporting and analysis system), just as rail workers have since Ladbroke Grove. Duncan Dollimore asks whether this is merely a London bus story, or potentially a major step towards preventing road danger before it happens, rather than repairing and repenting after the event.
15 December 2015 - 10:07am
15 December: Spoof cycling Christmas menu
CTC invites you to a cracker of a Christmas feast with a spoof cycling menu to whet any appetite. CTC's Tony Upfold dons his best chef’s gear for the day to make a real meal of it. Don’t be late…Dawes open at midday!
11 December 2015 - 1:50pm
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.
11 December 2015 - 9:21am
Clickbait and the anti-cycling Dark Lord Wills
Claims of bully boys on bikes terrorising pedestrians, outrageous comments about cyclists in the House of Lords, misleading statistics and journalist clickbait about how cyclists should be banned from the road - and this month’s prize for blame deflection goes to the anti-cycling Dark Lord Wills!
8 December 2015 - 11:35am
Super Steve stopped for cycling on 'A' road
CTC member Steven Abraham is approaching the final stages of his year-long attempt to beat Tommy Godwin's 1939 Annual Mileage Record - but his progress was temporarily suspended on Saturday night as he was stopped by the police for cycling on an 'A' road!
3 December 2015 - 2:17pm
Can't fund cycling because of pollution fines?
Promises on climate change in Paris, but the annual pollution fines the UK pays to the EU could be five times more than the Chancellor's cycling budget. Will politicians ever see through the smog and accept the economic argument for investing in an activity that helps tackle environmental issues?
26 November 2015 - 10:05am
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 - 1:37pm
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 - 8:59am
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 - 10:20am
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.