Views & Briefings

Our growing series of campaigns briefings is for anyone who wants to look into a particular topic related to cycling, either in brief or in depth. They also explain what CTC's formal views are on each of the subjects covered.

Each briefing includes: headline messages (for those after a speedy overview); CTC's formal views; quick key facts; and more detailed arguments and background information.

Overall, the briefings are categorised into six core themes: commitment to cycling; designed for cycling; off-road access; promotion and encouragement; safe drivers and vehicles; and public transport.

Key briefings include: cycling & local transport; health; cycle-friendly planning & design; road safety; road traffic law & enforcement; cyclists' behaviour & the law; 'smarter choices'; cycling in schools and cycle-friendly employers.

You can access the whole list below, or filter by theme. (The series is gradually replacing the policies published in CTC’s Policy Handbook, 2004).

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11 February 2015 - 9:57am
National planning policies
Cycling through a new development
Planning policies and decisions can make all the difference to how people choose to make their journeys - i.e. whether to drive or to travel more sustainably by cycle or on foot.
6 February 2015 - 3:46pm
Obstructions and 'out of repair' rights of way (England & Wales)
Bridleways and byways need to be kept clear of obstructions and in a good state of repair, so that cyclists can enjoy their off-road rides.
6 February 2015 - 3:12pm
Cyclist and motorcyclist
Motorcyclists and cyclists have much in common, but motorcycling poses more risk to others and does not offer the same environmental benefits.
26 January 2015 - 4:14pm
Cycling and local transport
Cycling in town
To maximise cycling's benefits for local communities, councils should give it a central role in their transport plans and link it strongly with other policies and strategies.
16 January 2015 - 4:20pm
The legal framework and sentencing policy
Driver at wheel
The legal framework and sentencing for driving offences need to reinforce the message that endangering other road users is unacceptable.
16 January 2015 - 11:12am
Local Access Forums (England & Wales)
Cyclists in the countryside
Local Access Forums (set up by local authorities to bring together people and groups interested in public rights of way) should work towards developing the network for cycling.
14 January 2015 - 4:27pm
Cycle helmets
There is no justification for making helmet-wearing compulsory - it could undermine levels of cycle use and, in any case, the effectiveness of helmets is far from clear.
14 January 2015 - 2:51pm
Cycle-friendly employers and cycle commuting (CTC views)
Cycle commuters arriving at work
Doing everything possible to encourage employees to commute by cycle and to cycle for work purposes helps improve the health and productivity of a workforce, lowers the cost of business transport and eases congestion at peak time.
14 January 2015 - 10:20am
Daylight saving
Cyclist on path
Shifting the UK’s clocks to give one extra hour of daylight in the evening and one less in the morning would affect everyone. Research should help decide if cyclists would benefit.
8 January 2015 - 4:06pm
Cycling under the influence
Cycle and car
Riding whilst under the influence of drink or drugs is an offence.
8 January 2015 - 11:12am
Contra-flow cycling (2-way cycling in 1-way streets)
Contra-flow street
Allowing cyclists to ride two-way in one-way streets makes cycling more convenient and attractive.
8 January 2015 - 10:03am
Compensation for injured cyclists
Cycling in traffic
The rules about liability for road crashes need to be changed to make it easier and quicker for cyclists and pedestrians to be compensated if they are injured in collisions with motor vehicles.
31 December 2014 - 12:21pm
Seaside cycling: the coast, promenades and sea fronts (England & Wales)
Seaside Cycling
A good proportion of the English and Welsh coast could be safely and beneficially opened up for cycling.
24 December 2014 - 1:45pm
Climate change
Cycling is part of the solution for a low-carbon future.
24 December 2014 - 1:21pm
Changing the status of rights of way (England & Wales)
Cyclists riding off-road
Find out why it's important to open up more of the rights of way network for cycling, what the legal process is and how it needs improving.
24 December 2014 - 12:18pm
Public Footpaths (England & Wales)
Footpath and Bridleway
Cycling on footpaths is not a legal right, but many are entirely suitable and form good links. Opening them up to cyclists would enhance the network of motor-traffic free routes.
24 December 2014 - 11:14am
Bridleways, byways and cycle tracks (England & Wales)
Cyclist riding off-road
Closing the gaps for cycling in public rights of way and improving maintenance and signing, would encourage more people to cycle off-road.
24 December 2014 - 9:56am
Advanced Stop Lines (ASLs)
ASLs help cyclists at junctions
Advanced stop lines are an excellent way of giving cyclists visible priority at junctions, where around 75% of cyclists' collisions occur. Good design is crucial, of course.
24 December 2014 - 9:54am
Cycle awareness campaigns for drivers
What Matters Most campaign poster
Sustained campaigns to improve road users' behaviour can be beneficial, if well-designed and targeted. To be effective, they need to convey positive, memorable and truthful messages.
1 September 2014 - 1:17pm
Cycle-friendly schools and colleges (CTC views)
Children cycling to school
Schools and colleges should encourage cycling because it's good both for children and for the local and wider environment.




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