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5 December 2016 - 5:04pm
Whiplash claim plans cause backlash from cycling community
Credit Caroline FlickrCC
Plans to reform the claims process used by motorists seeking compensation for whiplash injuries are set to leave cyclists and pedestrians with legal bills if they need to make a claim that’s under £5,000.
4 December 2016 - 11:14pm
Government’s motoring offences review falls short of what’s needed to truly tackle driving standards
Ministry of Justice Motoring Offences and Sentencing Review
Cycling UK expresses both relief and dismay at the Government’s long-awaited review of road traffic offences and penalties.
29 November 2016 - 10:24pm
Distracted texting drivers must be targeted say the AA and Cycling UK
TextDriving Credit LordJim Flickr CC
Driving disqualifications must be made the norm for new drivers and repeat offenders to end the mobile madness, say The AA and Cycling UK ahead of a Westminster Hall debate on road safety.
25 November 2016 - 11:39am
Why we are backing the AA's latest drive for motorists to #NeverTextDrive
#NeverTextDrive
A powerful new short film and social media campaign produced by the AA Charitable Trust and a young London-based musician is gaining a lot of attention and support.
22 November 2016 - 1:01pm
Jake's bereaved parents seek justice with CDF help
Photo of 12 year old Jake Mitchell
Twelve year old Jake was with his mates cycling to the local water park, looking over his shoulder at the tractor behind him. Three drivers saw the boys and decided it was unsafe to overtake. Maurice King didn't want to wait, so he overtook the queue at 60mph, hitting Jake after passing the tractor. Jake's parents' fight for justice continues following the Coroner's criticism of King's driving.
15 November 2016 - 9:32am
Groundhog day as Gard the texting driver pleads for leniency - again
MInistry of Justice London
Caught eight times for using his mobile whilst driving, Christopher Gard convinced the Magistrates he wouldn't do it again, and that banning him would cause him hardship. Cyclist Lee Martin paid the price six weeks later when Gard drove into and killed him, whilst texting his mate about walking his dog. Nine chances for Gard before he took a life. Now he wants to appeal his sentence.
17 October 2016 - 2:24pm
What do the latest road casualty statistics for 2015 mean for cyclists?
A cyclist in Leeds
While road users in general can take at least some comfort from the latest published figures for reported road casualties in Great Britain, there’s a distinct lack of reassuring news for cyclists. Cycling UK's Cherry Allan examines and explains the numbers.
11 October 2016 - 9:49am
Trial date set in crowdsourced private prosecution of driver accused of causing cyclist’s death
Michaal Mason and his daughter Anna Tatton-Brown
Gail Purcell (58) of Colney Street, St Albans, today (11 October) appeared at the Old Bailey for the second hearing into the offence of causing death by careless driving contrary to section 2B of the Road Traffic Act 1988.
9 October 2016 - 10:05am
Hit and run - it's only a cyclist!
Rainbow over a football field as children play football
Does it take the tragic death of a 15-year-old schoolboy for Lancashire Police to finally take hit-and-run collisions with cyclists seriously, or will they continue to say "there's only so much we can do"? Is it because it's only a cyclist, or just that road crime isn't treated as real crime in Preston, and is nowhere on their list of priorities as traffic officer numbers are slashed again?
4 October 2016 - 7:46am
No turning back for THINK campaign which just keeps digging
Opening shot of "Hang Back" campaign
DfT's 'hang back messaging' in its latest Think campaign video was flawed from the outset, says the UK's national cycling charity. So now it's time to take action and fill those inboxes with a call to drop the campaign. Maybe we can help them fill that hole that they keep on digging?
3 October 2016 - 11:47am
Consultation on motoring offences review to start before Christmas
Ministry of Justice
After two years where nothing has happened, with the Government’s long awaited motoring offences and penalties review stalled in first gear, we might at last have some answers about what it will look at, and a date for its publication.
30 September 2016 - 12:52pm
London Mayor “to ensure the most dangerous zero star-rated lorries are removed from our road"
Direct vision lorry
Cycling UK has today (Friday, 30 September 2016) announced its delight at London Mayor Sadiq Khan’s promise “to ensure the most dangerous zero star-rated lorries are removed from our road”.
26 September 2016 - 10:05am
THINK before you blame the victim
Still from THINK campaign "Hang Back"
'Hang Back' from lorries is this morning's message from the DfT to cyclists. No mention on safer direct vision lorries, better infrastructure, driver responsibility or lorry restrictions. Just a message to cyclists about what they need to do to avoid being killed. Oh dear - perhaps the DfT should have looked and listened first.
12 September 2016 - 11:00pm
Death by careless driving prosecution begun in case of cyclist Mick Mason
Michael Mason with his daughter Anna Tatton-Brown
Gail Purcell (58) of Colney Street, St Albans, the driver involved in the death of cyclist Mick Mason, received a summons on Saturday (6 August) to attend Westminster Magistrates’ Court on 6 September 2016 for the offence of causing death by careless driving contrary to section 2B of the Road Traffic Act 1988. This case was brought forward as a private prosecution by Cycling UK’s CDF.
10 August 2016 - 9:01am
Cyclists' Defence Fund prosecutes driver in Mason case
Michael Mason with his daughter Anna Tatton-Brown
Cycling UK's Cyclists' Defence Fund has issued proceedings against Gail Purcell (58) of Colney Street, St Albans, the driver involved in the collision which led to the death of London teacher Michael Mason two years ago. The private prosecution for causing death by careless driving follows months of fundraising by supporters after the Metropolitan Police declined to prosecute Ms Purcell.
6 July 2016 - 8:46am
Greenford cyclist Frank Cubis dies following Ealing collision
Cyclists in Richmond Park
Cycling UK and Kingston Phoenix Road Club member Frank Cubis sadly passed away yesterday after sustaining fatal injuries in a collision with a vehicle while cycling in Ealing in May. A generous man who dedicated his life to cycling, he was riding to Richmond Park to mentor a novice cyclist on the day his lifetime passion ended in tragedy.
30 June 2016 - 11:45am
Mayor promises autumn plan for safer lorries
Picture of a Mercedes direct vision lorry
As Mayor Sadiq Khan commits to quickly increase the number of direct vision lorries in London and promises a plan to do so by this Autumn, the momentum to move to safer lorries, protect pedestrians and save cyclists' lives is growing, but needs to be a national not London-centric initiative.
18 May 2016 - 9:02am
Driver training & testing reforms: small steps, but no strides towards cyclists' safety
Busy road
The Department for Transport’s (DfT) new plans for reforming the DVLA (Driver and Vehicle Licensing Agency) and DVSA (Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency) make a few promising commitments to protect cyclists better, but still fall far short of Cycling UK’s recommendations.
14 March 2016 - 6:51pm
Cycling UK urges Government to implement MPs’ road laws report
While total police numbers are down 3.5%, roads police officers are down by 37%
Cycling UK, the national cycling charity, has urged the Government to say it will fully implement the recommendations of a Commons Committee report on “Road traffic law enforcement”, saying this could have huge benefits for the safety of everyone who uses our roads, particularly the most vulnerable.
14 March 2016 - 8:52am
Sian signs up to Cycling UK’s direct vision roadmap
Picture of Sian Berry, Green Party Mayoral Candidate addressing a crowd.
Green Party Mayoral candidate for London Sian Berry has now joined Liberal Democrat hopeful Caroline Pidgeon in supporting Cycling UK's proposed 'roadmap' to direct vision safer lorries. With Labour candidate Sadiq Khan pledging in his manifesto to promote direct vision lorries, only Zac Goldsmith from the four main parties has yet to commit. What's the Conservative position on lorry safety, Zac?
 
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