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

Sunday Times columnist Rod Liddle. Photo: Paul Murphy (Creative Commons)
Sunday Times glorifies Transport Secretary’s car-dooring of a cyclist Blog
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.
Cyclist following a car dooring incident in London (October 2016)
Sunday Times told: apologise for "inflammatory and dangerous" anti-cycling article Press Release
Cycling UK demands retraction after columnist Rod Liddle supports ‘car dooring’
Transport Secretary Chris Grayling after a car dooring incident with a cyclist
Cycling UK statement on Transport Secretary "car dooring" of cyclist Press Release
Cycling UK's today (Friday 16 December) reacted to the news of the car dooring incident involving Transport Secretary, Chris Grayling MP and cyclist Jaiqi Liu, touching upon the criminal and civil legal implications of the incident, and how it highlights the need for national design standards to create Space for Cycling.
 
  • Patron: Her Majesty The Queen
  • President: Jon Snow
  • Chief Executive: Paul Tuohy
  • Cycling UK is a trading name of Cyclists’ Touring Club (CTC) a company limited by guarantee, registered in England no: 25185. Registered as a charity in England and Wales charity no: 1147607 and in Scotland charity no: SC042541. Registered office: Parklands, Railton Road, Guildford, Surrey GU2 9JX.

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