CDF Co-ordinator's blog

Campaigners call for secure funding for cycling and walking

Six campaigning organisations have joined forces to support amendments to the Infrastructure Bill in order to force the Government to plan for much greater investment in cycling and walking.

Safeguard and boost investment in cycling and walking

The suggested amendment to the Bill proposes an investment plan similar to the one used for the railways, which has contributed to the increase in rail traffic to the levels of the 1920s.

Young cyclists sought for awareness raising project

FixersUK is a charity that helps motivated 16-25 year olds raise awareness of the issues that are most important to them in creative ways, by using multi-media techniques such as short films, graphic design and music. The completed projects are regularly featured on ITV News.

New Forest NIMBYism

The New Forest National Park Authority, responsible for the 220 square mile wooded reserve, has scrapped the planned implementation of a rural bicycle hire scheme which had already secured funding, a supplier and much public support.

The rental scheme, which would have been funded by a grant from the Department for Transport, would have provided locals and visitors to the park 250 bikes at 20 docking stations.

Is Britain blighted by bike sheds?

Last week, the Guardian’s Bike Blog editor, Peter Walker, reported on the paradoxical situation that Brighton residents find themselves in whereby Brighton’s Green Council encourages them to cycle but takes away their ability to store their bikes safely and securely.

CDF is fundraising to support cyclists contesting FPNs

CDF has agreed to support one cyclist’s challenge of a FPN he was given when he strayed out of a sub-standard cycle lane onto a shared use path. The cyclist, Kristian Gregory, had intended to cross a road that was sign-posted for cyclists but was stopped in his tracks by a Police Community Support Officer who slapped him with the £50 fine.

Watch Kristian’s helmet camera footage of the incident

CEMEX ride for RoadPeace

Two CEMEX employees have cycled 600 miles to raise awareness of road safety and to raise funds for RoadPeace, the national charity for road crash victims.

Stuart Keighley and Al Laverty of CEMEX Readymix Central region cycled from the their Uddingston office near Glasgow to the Thorpe office near Heathrow in June over the course of five days, calling at three CEMEX offices along the way.

Active travel organisations urge Government to support safer lorries

Organisations representing cyclists and pedestrians have written a letter to the Secretary of State for Transport urging him to support a proposed amendment to EU rules on safer lorry design.

Government ministers are due to decide this week on whether to support EU proposals to introduce safer and more fuel efficient lorries.

Department for Transport unveils major reform of traffic signs and regulations

After years of pressure from CTC, the national cycling charity, the Department for Transport has unveiled a major reform of the traffic signs and signals regulations, which will allow better quality cycle facilities to be built, and much greater flexibility for local authorities to adopt their own approaches.

The proposed changes mean that cycle priority crossings of main roads will be easier.

Government announces full review of driving offences and penalties

The Justice Secretary, Chris Grayling, has announced that the Government will conduct a full review of driving offences and penalties over the next few months.

He also announced that the custodial sentence for drivers who kill while disqualified from driving, unlicensed or uninsured, will be extended from the current two years to ten years.

A separate offence of causing serious injury whilst disqualified, unlicensed or uninsured will also be created, with a maximum sentence of four years.

European parliament voted today (15 April) to introduce safer lorry design

Euro vote to make lorries safer

The European parliament has voted to change the regulations for the design of lorry cabs. The new design will make lorries safer and more fuel efficient.

Under the proposed regulations, lorry manufacturers would be given more design space for the front end of the cab. The larger cab design would allow for bigger windscreens, thus reducing blind spots around the cab.

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