The Space for Cycling campaign is spreading from London and other major UK cities to become a national institution thanks to efforts by the CTC and the London Cycling Campaign (LCC) to enlist ordinary people to lobby their local councils for better cycling provision.
Transport for London (TfL) has agreed to roll back the use of the controversial ‘Cyclists Stay Back’ stickers that have appeared on vehicles in London and beyond in the last year.
Representatives of several road safety organisations met with Transport for London yesterday and TfL agreed to:
Bike Week 2014, the UK’s national cycling celebration, starts this Saturday. We’ve picked a few events that have caught our eye, you can also check out what’s going on near you through the Bike Week website.
From June 14 until June 22, experienced and beginner cyclists alike will be saddling up, riding bikes and taking part in all sorts of cycling-oriented events and excursions.
Transport for London (TfL) says it has no evidence that its ‘Cyclists stay back’ stickers encourage the mistreatment of cyclists on the roads of the capital. But it has emerged that in at least two incidents drivers seem to have been influenced by the stickers to treat cyclists as if they have no right to be on the road.
In what has been described as “a new low,” Transport for London (TfL) has rejected calls from road safety organisations and cycle campaign groups to ask vehicle operators in the capital to remove “Cyclists stay back” stickers from their vehicles, claiming it is too difficult.
With local elections just over a month away on May 22, cycling charity CTC has joined forces with local campaign groups to demand that councillors create space for cycling in Britain’s towns and cities.
CTC president, newsreader Jon Snow, explains the campaign in this video:
In what it says is the first initiative of its type ever launched by any campaign group, London Cycling Campaign (LCC) is to lobby 6,000 candidates in next month’s London local elections to make the city’s streets safer for cyclists – with improvements being sought mapped on a ward-by-ward basis.
The initiative falls under the Space For Cycling campaign, launched last November by LCC following a two-week period in which six London cyclists were killed.
A lorry driver who killed a 60-year-old cyclist has escaped jail, instead being handed down an 18 month driving ban and 250 hours of unpaid work.
Paul O’Callaghan, 35, crushed cyclist Tarsem Dari to death beneath the wheels of his four-axle tipper lorry as he performed a left turn in Southall, west London, on July 5 last year.
Isleworth Crown Court heard Mr Dari was pronounced dead at the scene, according to London 24.
The CTC, Britain’s biggest cycle-campaigning organisation, is looking for a new chief executive.
Current CEO Gordon Seabright is stepping down at the end of May and heading off to Cornwall where he will become Director of the Eden Project.
Seabright joined CTC in March 2012. Previously, he was the acting director general of The Royal Horticultural Society and the commercial director of English Heritage.
Cycling and road safety organisations have called on Transport for London to remove ‘Cyclists Stay Back’ stickers from its vehicles and to tell operators such as Hackney cab owners not to attach them.
The demand comes in a joint statement from the Road Danger Reduction Forum, CTC, London Cycling Campaign, RoadPeace and the Association of Bikeability Schemes.