News from 2014

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 to introduce safer lorry design

h3. 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":http://www.transportenvironment.org/sites/te/files/publications/Truck_Fi..., 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’.

B&NES Council includes cycling in regeneration plans

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;

Do you want to be an adviser to the Cyclists' Defence Fund?

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:

Councillors from B&NES contact cyclists about London Road plans

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.

CDF support Cycle Bath campaign to prevent commuter road becoming hazardous to cyclists

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.

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