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Julie Rand, CTC Information Team
Hauliers must explain themselves
CTC has today written to urge the Transport Minister to adopt a dramatic new approach over cyclist fatalities after a six riders in ten days have been killed in the UK in collisions involving HGVs. We would like to see the leaders of the haulage industry called in to see the Transport Minister and explain themselves in person every time HGVs kill a cyclist. It's cost-free and needs no legislation but will put vulnerable road users at the front of the minds of those running the haulage industry.
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Urgent action demanded at tragic roundabout
CTC is urging further action after a terrible week in London where five out of the six cyclists hit were killed. On Tuesday, around 1000 cyclists attended a protest ride at the Bow roundabout, where three cyclists have died in recent times. Head-cam footage shows the difficulties cyclists face there. Meanwhile, the New York Times exposes hostile conditions cyclists there too.
Mountain biking in the mainstream
Mountain biking is rarely seen in the media, although it is probably one of the biggest participation sports in the country. But this week, BBC1’s Countryfile visited Cannock Chase in Staffordshire and showed trail building, as well as presenter Julia Bradbury riding an mtb, although her outfit looked more suited to motorbiking! Downhill champion Rachel Atherton appeared on Radio 2.
Taught on camera
CTC’s Road Justice campaign aims to bring about a change in the way serious cycling incidents are dealt with by the police and the judiciary. This week, local Road Justice campaigners received media training at the Sheffield office of sponsors Slater & Gordon Lawyers. CTC’s national Road Justice Campaigner Rhia Weston had a piece published in the Daily Mirror this week.
Loving Lisbon life
While British politicians dither, the European Cyclists’ Federation reports that cyclist fatalities fell in Portugal by almost a third last year and cycle use is increasing exponentially. As a new Road Code focuses on infrastructure and the promotion of bicycles, Lisbon is now so cycle-friendly that six-year-old Luis rode across the city on his own! It’s hard to imagine that in London…
Despite this week’s bleak headlines, it’s important to remember that cycling is actually a relatively safe activity: the health benefits outweigh the dangers by a factor of twenty. Urban Cyclist is for riders who ‘ride in the city for the joy of it’. If looking stylish is also important to you, Boxfresh has teamed up with Dashing Tweeds for a cycling-related range of shoes and jackets.
A good knees-up
Cyclists in Scotland meanwhile are being urged to dig out their kilts for three social rides taking place this month. The Tartan Ride takes place around St Andrew’s Day on 29-30 November and 1 December in Inverness, Edinburgh and Glasgow respectively. Tickets include dinner and a ceilidh and all proceeds will go towards projects that encourage cycling among minority groups.
If you go down to the woods today...
...you would think it unlikely you would come across a stranded Porsche. But that’s exactly what one bemused mountain biker found on a local trail this week: its owner, footballer Andre Wisdom, took a wrong turning following his Satnav! Perhaps he should replace the Porsche with one of the new bikes made by British car company Caterham? The range will be launched next year.
To go with his new set of wheels, Andre might like a set of digital maps to help him navigate. Until recently, the cost of a complete set of Ordnance Survey maps was prohibitive, even for a professional footballer. Now, the price has been reduced by a whopping 90%, meaning that even Andre can’t get lost! Other suppliers are likely to follow suit.
Julie Rand has edited CycleClips since 2011 and has been working at CTC in various guises since 2001.