Campaign

Cyclists' Defence Fund

Introduction

The Cyclists Defence Fund

The Cyclists' Defence Fund (CDF) was set up in 2001 by CTC in response to the case of Darren Coombes, a nine year old cyclist who suffered brain damage from a collision with a motorist. CTC became concerned after the driver’s insurers responded to Darren’s claim for damages by counter-suing his parents for contributory negligence because Darren was not wearing a helmet.

Although the insurer's counter-claim was ultimately defeated, CDF was formed in the aftermath to defend cyclists in similar cases with the potential to influence the legal system's handling of cycling-related issues.  CDF was later constituted as a charity whose remit can encompass all aspects of cycling and the law.

Visit CDF's website to read more about the charity and the services it offers.  

 

Recent Campaign Activity

Will small claims limit rise for cyclists injured in road collisions help?
How will the proposed increase in the Small Claims limit affect cyclists? Blog
CTC-linked charity Cyclists' Defence Fund recently asked Oliver Jeffcott, a personal injury lawyer with Slater and Gordon, who provide legal assistance to CTC members, to write a blog outlining the implications of an increase in the small claims limit for cyclists injured in road collisions.
Cyclists
Cyclists' behaviour and the law Campaigning Views
Cyclists should behave responsibly and legally, but the law should recognise that they do little harm and should not have to choose between keeping safe and obeying rules.

About

CTC

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  • Patron: Her Majesty The Queen
  • President: Jon Snow
  • Chief Executive: Paul Tuohy
  • Cyclists' Touring Club (CTC): A company limited by guarantee, registered in England no.25185. Registered as a charity in England and Wales No 1147607 and in Scotland No SC042541

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