The ‘Get Britain Cycling’ report is due to be debated in Parliament this Monday 2 September. If you haven’t already done so, it is not too late to write to your MP to ask them to take part.
Julie Rand, CTC Information Team
Vive la révolution!
CTC has welcomed the Coalition’s response, announced this week by Local Transport and Cycling Minister Norman Baker, to the ‘Get Britain Cycling’ report. Included in the response is a proposed review of sentencing guidelines for certain driving offences, called for by CTC’s Road Justice campaign. The Minister told CTC that he sees the report as the next step in moving Britain towards a “society where cycling is much more centre stage”. Meanwhile, CTC’s Tej Mistry has appeared in an excellent film on the proposed ‘Cycling Revolution’.
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Angela's transport of delight
"In no other invention is utility so inherently combined with a pleasurable experience as on a bicycle." So said Chancellor Angela Merkel at the opening of the Eurobike trade show, which takes place from 28-31 August in Friedrichshafen, Germany. These pedallers at Velocipediade 2013, ‘Germany’s greatest meeting of historic bikes’, would no doubt concur!
The magic roundabouts
In the Netherlands, as we know, cyclists enjoy far superior infrastructure than we do in the UK. However, attempts are being made to redesign roundabouts and junctions to bring them into line with our Continental neighbours. CTC’s Chris Peck told ITV’s Meridian News that the current trials at the Transport Research Laboratory of the new designs are welcome but more needs to be done.
CTC Councillor John Radford is making progress on his long road to recovery, following a serious crash involving a car on 31 July. We believe that as of this morning, he is out of his coma but remains in a serious condition. The Huddersfield Examiner reports that two men aged 21 and 43 were arrested in connection with the incident and remain on police bail pending further inquiries.
Court not satnav savvy
A driver who killed a cyclist while using his satnav was sentenced to 240 hours community service and a two-year driving ban for causing death by careless driving this week. CTC believes sentencing guidelines mean he should have been charged with causing death by dangerous driving. Today, CTC attended the sentencing of Victoria McClure, who was using a satnav when she killed a cyclist - she received an 18-month jail sentence.
Riding like the wind
The driver accompanying cyclist Tom Donohou may not have much use for a satnav. Tom's home-built bike can reach speeds of 80mph when ridden behind his old Ford Zephyr, which acts as a windbreak. The frame builder's ambition is not to break the world land speed record for a bike – currently a breathtaking 167mph – but simply to ride as fast as possible on his own machine.
Cyclists in Cambridge probably don’t reach anything like such super speeds. But even so, when asked by police investigating cycle theft if they could identify their bikes, an amazing number couldn’t give basic details such as the make, model or serial number. More astonishingly, many couldn’t even say what colour the missing machine was!
A great balancing act
Unicyclist Richard Shlovogt must surely know the details of his steed. He is taking part in the first Brighton Breezy randonée next month. He aims to complete the shorter of the 70km and 100km courses. Robin Biswas from Brighton and Hove CTC says: “This ride is for all abilities and don’t worry, it is not a race, it’s an opportunity to cycle through some of the most beautiful parts of Sussex and get tea and cake en route!”.
Roll up to the Cycle Show 2013
As September approaches, it means that the Cycle Show at the NEC in Birmingham is not far off. The show, which runs from 27-29 September, is a fantastic place to view new kit, try out both on and off-road bikes and meet stars of the cycling world. CTC members can obtain advance purchase tickets for only £11.50 plus £1 booking fee using the discount code ‘CTC’.
Julie Rand has edited CycleClips since 2011 and has been working at CTC in various guises since 2001.