Cyclists' Defence Fund


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

Driver at wheel of car
Common driving offences Campaigning Views
Tackling common, bad driving offences effectively would help create a safer and more attractive environment for cycling and walking.
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.
Cycle conference, Campaigners
CTC announces conference speaker line up News
CTC announces the first names of the speaker line-up to enthuse local cycle campaigners at this year's annual CTC Cyclenation Conference in Liverpool on Saturday 24 October.
Royal Courts of Justice
Help secure equal rights for road crime victims: act now! News
CTC is backing proposed changes to the Victims' Code (England & Wales) that would stop road crime victims being left out from it. To ensure that they also get equal rights, nearly 1800 people contacted the Government in support of CTC's proposals over 3 days!




  • 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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