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Safe Drivers and Vehicles


Urban cyclists
Urban cyclists
Cycling's health benefits far outweigh the risks, so anything that puts people off has to be tackled. Hostile road conditions are a major deterrent, but the good news is that the 'safety in numbers' effect means that more and safer cycling are perfectly capable of going hand in hand.
  • Cycling is essentially a safe activity, causing little risk either to cyclists themselves or to other road users. Moreover, there is good evidence that cyclists gain from ‘safety in numbers’, with cycling becoming safer as cycle use increases.
  • However, fear of road traffic is a major deterrent, despite the health, environmental and other benefits of cycling. Actual cycle safety in the UK lags behind many of our continental neighbours, because of poorly designed roads and junctions, traffic volumes and speeds, irresponsible driving, and a legal system that fails to respond adequately to road danger.
  • National and local government should therefore aim for ‘more’ as well as ‘safer’ cycling – the two aims can and should go hand in hand.
  • Despite scare stories about cyclists jumping red lights or riding on pavements, other road users are far more likely to be hit by a motor vehicle than by a cycle.

Latest News

Judge Enright gets it just right
Scales of justice
At last, a senior member of the legal profession showing sympathy for a cyclist. CTC is delighted to draw attention to the comments of Judge Sean Enright in the case of a tailgating lorry driver who...
CTC tells Parliament and radio: We need lorry safety
While total police numbers are down 3.5%, roads police officers are down by 37%
CTC has marked Road Safety Week with two appearances in Parliament and one on Radio 4, calling for action to reduce lorry danger
CTC: Get tough on dodgy drivers and lorry operators
police car and cyclist
CTC has urged MPs to support increased resources for roads policing to improve safety for all road users. CTC’s Policy Director Roger Geffen told the Commons Transport Select Committee that cycle use...
Driver pleads guilty to causing John Radford's death
Picture of former CTC Councillor John Radford about to go cycling
The family of former CTC Councillor John Radford are one step closer on the road to justice after Michael Gledhill pleaded guilty to causing his death by dangerous driving. Sentence has been...




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