Submitted by CDF Co-ordinator on 15 April 2014 - 4:36pm.
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.
Submitted by CDF Co-ordinator on 3 April 2014 - 1:38pm.
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).
Submitted by CDF Co-ordinator on 28 March 2014 - 11:16am.
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’.
Submitted by CDF Co-ordinator on 11 March 2014 - 3:32pm.
Bath and North East Somerset (B&NES) Council has listened to cycling interest groups who were concerned that the regeneration plans for London Road did not take cyclists’ safety into sufficient consideration and that the proposed plans would actually make cycling on this road more hazardous than at present.
Following consultation with cycling interest groups, the Council considered the following four options:
1) A scheme of public realm improvements with the provision of an advisory cycle lane on both carriageways;
Submitted by CDF Co-ordinator on 3 March 2014 - 5:09pm.
CDF is looking for individuals with a desire for improving cycling in the UK to support the charity by lending their expertise when needed.
Job Title: Observer/Adviser
From time to time the trustees of the Cyclists’ Defence Fund invite individuals to attend board meetings of the charity as observers without becoming charity trustees. Advisers are not required to attend board meetings.
Becoming an observer/adviser may be appropriate, for example:
Submitted by CDF Co-ordinator on 6 February 2014 - 10:54am.
The ‘Save our Cycle Path’ group who are campaigning to stop the Bath and North East Somerset Council from removing a cycle path along a main cycle commuter route have been contacted by B&NES Councillors who have said they are open to considering the views of the group and to revisiting the plans to see if cycle safety can be improved.
CDF sent a letter to several B&NES Councillors urging them to conduct a full and proper consultation that includes the cyclists who use London Road on a daily basis.
Submitted by CDF Co-ordinator on 3 February 2014 - 5:55pm.
CDF has sent letters to Bath and Northeast Somerset councillors urging them to conduct a full and proper consultation of the proposal to regenerate London Road, one of the main cycling commuter roads into Bath.
CDF was contacted by CycleBath, the local cycling campaign group in Bath, who have set up a petition on 38 degrees which has already obtained over 1,000 signatures.
Submitted by CDF Co-ordinator on 28 November 2013 - 1:43pm.
This week the Crown Prosecution Service discontinued proceedings against a cyclist for failing to stop at a red light.
The cyclist, Alex Paxton, challenged the fixed penalty notice (FPN) with support from the charity the Cyclists’ Defence Fund (CDF), which provides guidance on the law relating to cycling and assists with fighting legal cases which could clarify the law.
Submitted by CDF Co-ordinator on 28 November 2013 - 1:37pm.
CDF was set up by CTC, the national cycling charity, as an independent charity in 2001, before CTC itself acquired charitable status. Having done so now, CTC has been formally linked with CDF, a process that has simplified the charities’ administration and will allow CDF to be better integrated with CTC’s campaigning work.
The charities have retained strong ties to each other since CDF was established. The linking process has served to cement these ties, whilst maintenance of CDF’s separate board of trustees and separate accounts has retained CDF’s independence.