Campaign

Cyclists' Defence Fund

Introduction

The Cyclists Defence Fund

The Cyclists' Defence Fund (CDF) was set up in 2001 by Cycling UK in response to the case of Darren Coombes, a nine year old cyclist who suffered brain damage from a collision with a motorist. Cycling UK became concerned after the driver’s insurers responded to Darren’s claim for damages by counter-suing his parents for contributory negligence because Darren was not wearing a helmet.

Although the insurer's counter-claim was ultimately defeated, CDF was formed in the aftermath to defend cyclists in similar cases with the potential to influence the legal system's handling of cycling-related issues.  CDF was later constituted as a charity whose remit can encompass all aspects of cycling and the law.

Visit CDF's website to read more about the charity and the services it offers.  

 

Recent Campaign Activity

Local Mansfield cyclist
Mansfield District Council taken to court for town centre cycle ban Press Release
Cycling UK, via its Cyclists’ Defence Fund (CDF), is now supporting six local cyclists in a legal challenge of Mansfield District Council’s (MDC) town centre cycle ban.
Mick Mason and his daughter Anna Tatton-Brown
Driver pleads not guilty to causing death of Mick Mason by careless driving in landmark CDF case News
Gail Purcell (58) of Colney Street, St Albans, today (13 September) appeared at Westminster Magistrates’ Court for the first hearing into the offence of causing death by careless driving contrary to section 2B of the Road Traffic Act 1988. This case was brought to court as a private prosecution by Cycling UK’s Cyclists’ Defence Fund (CDF).
Mansfield Market Square where cycling is now banned
The Mansfield public menace – a 79 year-old cyclist Blog
Model citizen or a public menace? A cyclist for 70 years and still pedalling sedately at 79, Janet Scott (and anyone on a bike in Mansfield town centre) is being labelled as an anti-social criminal according to Mansfield Council. We asked Duncan Dollimore to take a closer look at cycling bans.
Cyclist riding in a pedestrianised area
Cycling equals anti-social - in Newport! Blog
As Newport joins Mansfield in enforcing a ban on cycling in its town centre, what happened to Wales's active travel aspirations, and will all drivers and pedestrians face bans elsewhere due to the irresponsible actions of a few? [N.B. Following this report's initial publication, Newport Council accepted on 25/08 that its cycling ban can't last till midnight - see update below]
 
  • Patron: Her Majesty The Queen
  • President: Jon Snow
  • Chief Executive: Paul Tuohy
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