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

In ease of emergency - make sure you can be identified

In the unlikely event that you are involved in a collision whilst cycling, you should make sure you can be identified quickly by the police or paramedics.

There are often incidents where the police are unable to identify someone involved in a road collision because they do not have any form of identification on them. This means family members may go hours without knowing what has happened to their loved one.

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.

Advertising watchdog withdraws ruling banning ads showing supposedly 'unsafe cycling'

Back in January, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) ruled that all future cyclists appearing in television advertisements should only be shown wearing helmets and riding close to the kerb.

Road safety organisations urge DfT to increase transparency of vehicle operator risk scores

Road safety campaigners and charitable organisations, including the Cyclists’ Defence Fund and CTC, the national cycling charity, have written to Stephen Hammond MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for Transport, to express their support for transparency in the data the Department for Transport (DfT) holds on lorry safety.

The DfT is reviewing all datasets which are not currently published and considering which could be published, including the Operator Compliance Risk Score (OCRS).

Injured cyclist suing Halfords for £1million after mountain bike broke in two

Joseph Love suffered horrific facial injuries after the mountain bike he had bought from Halfords, promoted as being ideal to ‘give the trails a kicking’ split in half at high speed causing him to crash into a barrier.

Joseph bought the bike for £250 and is suing Halfords for £1million. He claims the incident, which happened in February 2009 in Gravesend, Kent, has ruined his life.

At the High Court hearing, the court was told that the bike broke when the steering tube had a ‘sudden and catastrophic failure’.

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