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Top Gear's James May hits out at "complete bollocks" bike lanes and the myth of 'road tax'

In an interview giving his support for The Times Cities fit for cycling campaign, Top Gear presenter James May has slammed the poor quality of many bike lanes, demolished the idea that 'road tax' gives drivers more rights on the streets and called for an end to "road sectarianism".

Cycle path still not finished on 10th anniversary of cyclist’s death that secured council promise

A cycle path on a busy road that a council promised to install in Rye, East Sussex, following the death of a cyclist a decade ago today has still not been completed six years after work on it ceased – and won’t be finished until next year.

The parents of Graham Matthews, aged 22 when he was killed after being struck by a car on Rye Harbour Road on 12 August 2004, pushed East Sussex County Council to install the path, reports BBC News Sussex.

Families of cyclists killed by drunk drug driver with 67 previous convictions appeal for harsher sentencing for dangerous drivers

Two women whose partners were killed by one drunk driver in Purley on Thames this year have launched an online petition to increase the sentencing in dangerous driving cases.

Seven children were left fatherless when John Morland and Kris Jarvis died after being hit by a BMW driven by Alexander Walters.

Sharp jump in number of cyclists killed or seriously injured on Britain’s roads

The number of cyclists killed or seriously injured on Britain’s roads jumped by more than a quarter in the first three months of this year against the comparable period in 2013 according to new official data, leading cycle campaigners to call for more to be done to improve the safety of riders.

To get cyclists off the pavement, build better bike lanes, Washington DC finds

Fear of traffic is often cited as the reason some cyclists ride on the pavement, so if safer cycling facilities are provided, you'd expect fewer riders on the pavement. A study in Washington DC has found that's exactly what happens.

The Washington Post reports a survey by PeopleForBikes,  that found pavement cycling went down 70 percent when a segregated bike lane was installed.

Chris Boardman says it’s “ridiculous” for government to continue building roads

Chris Boardman, policy advisor to British Cycling, says it’s “ridiculous” that the government is spending billions of pounds on building roads instead of making walking and cycling a priority.

In an interview with the Radio Times ahead of this weekend’s Prudential RideLondon, in which he is participating, the former world and Olympic champion said it was “not logical or sustainable” to continue to favour cars over other forms of transport.

Police to seize phones of all drivers in crashes in clampdown on illegal texting and phoning at the wheel

The mobile phones of all drivers involved in crashes will be seized and examined under new police guidelines aimed at discouraging drivers from texting and calling at the wheel.

It is already illegal to use a mobile phone at the wheel but the law is widely flouted.

Police will now check whether drivers were using their phone prior to the crash as a matter of course, and will be able to use the mobile records as evidence in court.

Transport Research Laboratory: Mandatory helmet laws “prevent head and brain injuries”

The new legislation forcing all under 14s to wear helmets in Jersey will “prevent head and brain injuries”, according to a report by the Transport Research Laboratory (TRL).

The respected centre for transport research was commissioned to review literature on helmet laws and cycling injuries, as well as a possible disincentivising of cycling.

Southwark backs down on 20mph cycling limit

The London borough of Southwark has this afternoon announced it will not attempt to impose speed limits on cyclists as part of its adoption of a 20 mph limit across the borough.

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