CycleClips 19 April 2013

What a liability; We DO pay Road Tax; Need for tweed; Uddar madness; Tack attack; the real Molloy; Support Team CTC; York Cycle Show
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What a liability
CTC Scotland is supporting Road Share, a campaign to award cyclists and pedestrians automatic compensation for injuries or damage sustained in crashes with motor vehicles. Cycle Law Scotland, a firm that deals with cyclists' injury claims, has launched the campaign to call for strict liability laws so that cyclists and other vulnerable road users are compensated fairly and quickly after collisions.
At present, the UK is out of step with the rest of Europe as one of only five EU countries - along with Cyprus, Malta, Romania and Ireland - that does not operate such a system. Because injured cyclists and pedestrians are not compensated automatically, they are all too often forced to fight for recompense through the courts – a process that is often protracted, expensive and particularly difficult for those who need financial help with treatment and care.


We DO pay Road Tax
Many drivers are confused about the law, believing that cyclists should pay ‘Road Tax’. Of course, most of us know that there is no such thing as ‘Road Tax’, which was abolished in 1937 in favour of an Vehicle Excise Duty, a tax on vehicles that does not include cycles. The road network is actually paid for by general taxation. Since 2010, cyclists have been wearing an iPayRoadTax jersey to try to set the record straight. Now your bike can show its support too: the iPayRoadTax roundel is a miniature ‘tax disc’ headset cap that shows you have paid the ‘Bicycle Excise Duty’ of £0. It can also be customised with your own message.


Need for tweed
Many of the bikes at last week’s Tweed Run in London were built in the days long before ‘Road Tax’ was ever thought of. A veritable volley of velocipedes paraded through the streets before arriving at Lincolns Inn Fields for a traditional tea party, complete with real leaf tea served in bone china teacups, of course! As charity partners, CTC had a stand where competitors could play retro games. There was even a ‘tweed’ birthday cake to celebrate the fifth running of the event. Bizarrely, however, the Daily Mail online reported that the ride was a race with 500 competitors! More vintage velos were to be found at Bespoked Bristol, which was mentioned by BBC News in an article about the revival of handbuilt British bikes.


Uttar madness
Cyclists in the UK might think they have a hard time when it comes to negotiating barriers to cycling such as potholes and inappropriate street furniture. However, riders in Uttar Pradesh have some more serious obstacles to navigate on their cycle lanes: actual furniture shops, reports the Daily Mail India!


Tack attack
Sadly, riders on a sportive in the New Forest last weekend had their own obstacles to deal with: a carpet of tacks and drawing pins scattered across the route. At least one rider is thought to have been injured by the sabotage, which also saw many of the event’s signs removed. The vandalism follows calls for mass rides in the forest to be subject to licensing controls.


The real Molloy
CTC’s network of mountain bike centres in the South East of England provides a fantastic test of riding nerve and skill. Aston Hill in Buckinghamshire has long been one of the premier riding venues in the area; it has recently been made even better with new downhill track ‘Surface to Air’.  Racer Harry Molloy from Team Madison Saracen shows how it should be done.


Get behind Team CTC
Team CTC, our elite women’s road racing squad, will be taking part next Sunday 28 April in the Cheshire Classic at Weaverham. The race is part of the women’s national individual series and organised by the Weaver Valley Cycling Club. Why not come along to support them and meet the riders? There are many great vantage points for spectators, including the infamous ‘cliff’, a very challenging climb even for the most accomplished cyclists.


York Cycle Show
CTC’s flagship event the York Cycle Show will take place over the weekend of 22-23 June at the Knavesmire. After last year’s deluge, lots of sunshine has been ordered but, just in case, the site’s layout has been changed to make more use of the tarmac perimeter track. Camping areas have also been relocated. All the usual favourites plus a Giant Cycle Jumble make it a fantastic event. Booking now open.



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