22 December 2015 - 1:50pm
Distracted message on driver mobile phone use
Clamping down on driver mobile phone use: by catching fewer offenders, sending them for retraining, disqualifying fewer drivers and ignoring other distraction risks. Roll up to read the Government’s new Road Safety Statement!
11 December 2015 - 9:21am
Clickbait and the anti-cycling Dark Lord Wills
Claims of bully boys on bikes terrorising pedestrians, outrageous comments about cyclists in the House of Lords, misleading statistics and journalist clickbait about how cyclists should be banned from the road - and this month’s prize for blame deflection goes to the anti-cycling Dark Lord Wills!
26 November 2015 - 10:05am
Can you count your Worship?
If drivers are supposed to be disqualified from driving when they incur 12 points on their licence in a three year period, why are over 7000 people still allowed to drive after accumulating between 12 and 45 points? Can the Magistrates not manage the maths or do they just misunderstand the meaning of 'exceptional' hardship, the motorist's mitigation?
23 November 2015 - 1:37pm
Cyclism - the Coroner's Chronicles
Two weeks ago one Coroner claimed a lorry driver would not have expected to see a cyclist on a trunk road. Last week another speculated that a driver's failure to see the cyclist in daylight 'may have been compounded by his clothing'. CTC's Duncan Dollimore asks do the Coroners understand cycling - or perhaps more importantly, the Highway Code?
19 November 2015 - 8:59am
Why should cyclists support Road Safety Week 2015?
As Road Safety Week goes green with a 'drive less, live more' theme for 2015, CTC's Duncan Dollimore asks is it time to take a broader approach to cycling and road safety campaigning with a cycle to improve safety message?
12 November 2015 - 10:20am
Helmets, excuses, irrelevant facts and blame deflection
CTC's Duncan Dollimore examines why a cyclist not wearing a helmet and other excuses are used to deflect blame in motoring offences, and why so many people, including judges, are unduly empathetic to road crime offenders.
22 October 2015 - 12:09pm
Why do people think they can say what they like about cyclists?
Anti-cycling rants in newspapers, on the TV or radio are nothing new, so why do people think they can say what they like about cyclists? CTC's Victoria Hazael looks at why personal anecdotes seem to win the emotional argument over facts and evidence.
29 July 2015 - 12:07pm
Was Boris Johnson 'naughty' for giving his wife a backie?
Earlier this week, Mayor of London, Boris Johnson hit the headlines for giving his wife a backie on his bike. Our reaction - he was 'very naughty' and 'We would never encourage cyclists to break the law'. David Murray explores the world of the backie in more detail.
25 March 2015 - 10:07am
We need road crash victims' rights
The insensitive treatment of Michael Mason's grieving family by the Metropolitan Police is representative of the experience of many road crash victims. CTC's Rhia Weston explains the need for the Victims Bill to enshrine the rights of those victimised by road crime.
16 March 2015 - 10:30pm
Does the Driving Test need to change?
Over eight decades the Driving Test has undergone many changes but, as we know from bitter experience fighting for justice for cyclists at CTC, a minority of drivers do not understand how to drive safely near cyclists. That is why CTC's Victoria Hazael wants to see a few changes made to the test.
9 March 2015 - 11:14am
Should children cycle on the pavement?
A police officer in Lincolnshire reportedly threatened to confiscate a four-year-old girl's bicycle because she was cycling on the pavement. CTC's Victoria Hazael explains where the law stands on children cycling on the pavement.
31 October 2014 - 5:52pm
Should the Prime Minister Get Britain Cycling?
CTC's campaigns and communications co-ordinator Sam Jones discusses whether the latest Governmental response on cycling is further evidence of cycling's need for strong political leadership
12 September 2014 - 7:32am
Dazzling bike lights
Time was, when the suggestion that a bike lamp could be too bright would have been laughable. How times change. CTC's Chris Juden explains that thanks to developments in LEDs and rechargeable batteries, our dim and unreliable ‘bobby dodgers’ have become bobby dazzlers!
2 September 2014 - 3:54pm
Lorry driver sentenced but spotlight needed on operators
If ever there was a case that demonstrated the need to impose immediate interim driving bans on drivers that kill cyclists, this is it. CTC's Road Safety Campaigner Rhia Weston examines the evidence.
27 March 2014 - 4:50pm
The THINK! campaign for bikes is relaunched - CTC assesses its impact
Running in some of the cities that received money for cycling recently, the THINK! campaign follows the now usual 'give and take' message that equates cyclists and drivers as similar sources of danger, both of which need to 'play their part'. However, the messages it sends out are largely sensible.
30 January 2014 - 8:30pm
Now send us your 'irresponsible' walking-down-the-street adverts!
Although the ASA has provisionally withdrawn its ruling against Cycling Scotland's TV advert, the fight isn't over yet. Please send us videos showing how a ban on helmet-free cycling in TV ads would be like refusing to show people on the streets at night without reflective clothing.
29 January 2014 - 11:54am
Which car ads show breaches of the Highway Code?
The ASA ruling that outlaws cyclists not wearing helmets and riding outside 'secondary position' is a very hazy interpretation of the Highway Code and cycle training expertise. If you've got examples of car ads that show Highway Code infringements by drivers, let us know and we'll collect them here.