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24 July 2014 - 12:13pm
Jersey's under-14 helmet law "will harm public health and the island's reputation for family cycling"
Gorey harbour in Jersey - the scene for the Jersey Festival of Cycling
CTC is disappointed to learn that Jersey's legislature has agreed to make it compulsory for under-14-year-olds to wear helmets, despite fears that the overall public health will suffer if people are deterred from cycling.
25 June 2014 - 9:33am
Watchdog overturns its finding on Cycling Scotland ad thanks to CTC's evidence
The original offending image, now deemed acceptable
The original finding, issued in January, upheld a complaint calling for helmets to be worn in adverts involving cyclists. Thanks to work by Cycling Scotland and CTC, that finding has now been reversed.
19 June 2014 - 11:32am
German court says helmet-free cycling is not 'negligence'
A smashed helmet
In a landmark ruling, the German Supreme Court has ruled that it is not 'negligent' to cycle without a helmet, hence there is no justifiable reason for reducing the injury compensation payable to helmetless cyclists. Now, CTC says the Highway Code needs to change.
28 January 2014 - 8:51pm
Advertising watchdog’s helmet ruling threatens the promotion of normal cycling
The image that proved controversial to the ASA
CTC, the national cycling charity, has voiced concern over a ruling by the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) which could prevent future adverts from showing cyclists without helmets on TV.
22 August 2013 - 10:06am
Tragic case of schoolboy doesn't show need for mandatory helmets
Unhelmeted cyclists in Cambridge
The story in many newspapers and other media of a 16-year-old, Ryan Smith, who is in a coma after being hit by a van, is tragic, but doesn't mean we should immediately adopt a policy of making helmets compulsory.
29 April 2013 - 4:00pm
Pedro Delgado joins battle against helmet compulsion in Spain
Delgado won the 1988 Tour de France (Photo: Numerius, Flickr)
1988 Tour de France champion Pedro Delgado has walked out of a meeting with María Segui, the director of the national traffic authority (DGT), in protest at the Government's plan to force cyclists in urban areas in Spain to wear helmets.
1 April 2013 - 8:39am
Helmets not required for Tour de France 2014 Grand Depart
Ordinary, everyday, helmet-free riding that this change hopes to inspire
CTC can reveal that the 2014 Tour de France Grand Depart – to be held for the first time in Yorkshire – will allow competitors to take part in the first two stages without helmets, if they so wish.
5 March 2013 - 12:23pm
Spanish traffic authority proposes compulsory helmets and other anti-cycling measures
Hire bikes - without helmets - have become very popular in Spain
The national traffic authority for Spain has revealed a highly alarming range of proposals that seem designed to get cyclists off the roads. The following is a translation from Spanish campaign group ConBici's account.
2 August 2012 - 6:57am
Gold medal winner Wiggins puts road safety in spotlight
Bradley Wiggins celebrating his victory at Hampton Court
Following Wiggins's flawless ride to gold at the Individual Time Trial, his response to the tragic death of a cyclist outside the Olympic Park has highlighted yet again the need for road safety changes to protect cyclists.
20 March 2012 - 5:39pm
How to look stylish when cycling to work
a male and female cycle commuting in normal clothing
It's all very well having the day-glo gear and helmet, but you're not Mark Cavendish - so how do you look 'normal' whilst cycling to work?
14 March 2012 - 9:53am
Knockin' Noggins - a cracking game?
Knockin Noggins
In May 2009 the Department for Transport produced a website called 'Knockin' Noggins', aimed supposedly at promoting child cycling safety. After complaints from CTC members the game was swiftly withdrawn.
4 May 2011 - 4:13pm
Helmet law in Northern Ireland falls
View from Stormont
Although MLA Pat Ramsey's Private Members' Bill to make wearing helmets compulsory for all cyclists in Northern Ireland passed its second stage in the Northern Ireland Assembly, the Bill has subsequently been dropped following evidence to the Environment Committee from CTC and Sustrans.
5 June 2010 - 12:00am
The case against compulsory helmets
Unhelmeted cycling is the norm in the Netherlands, even for children
Surely helmets must be a good idea? That's the first reaction from most people when they hear CTC's policy against compulsory helmet use. So what's the case for CTC's position?
14 June 2005 - 10:43am
British Medical Association (BMA) and helmets
The BMA supports helmet laws despite their clear threat to public health
In 2004, the British Medical Association changed its stance on cycle helmets, calling for people of all ages to be banned from cycling unless wearing a helmet. The BMA had previously encouraged voluntary helmet use but had opposed compulsion. CTC immediately contested the BMA's policy change.
 
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