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General Category => On The Road => Topic started by: TimC on February 02, 2012, 02:29:16 pm

Title: The Times' Save Our Cyclists campaign.
Post by: TimC on February 02, 2012, 02:29:16 pm
I know many here will have little to do with a Murdoch newspaper, but I'm a little surprised that there's been no comment on the fact that the Times devoted its entire front page to a campaign for cyclists' safety, inspired by the still-comatose Mary Bowers, a staff reporter of theirs who was knocked down in November.

The two-page inside brief seems pretty good, with some fairly sensible demands in their 'Covenant for Cycling'. For a mainstream paper to go to these lengths on behalf of cyclists seems, to say the least, unusual, and very welcome - but none of the hardened campaigners or commuters here seem to have welcomed it. May I ask why?
Title: Re: The Times' Save Our Cyclists campaign.
Post by: Hot Flatus on February 02, 2012, 02:31:58 pm
Do you have a Guardian link to it, please?
Title: Re: The Times' Save Our Cyclists campaign.
Post by: mattc on February 02, 2012, 02:33:07 pm
This seems to be 'free-to-air':

http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/cyclesafety/article3306502.ece

(it does come across as a bit London-centric - but then these people live/work/ride in London, so it's understandable ... )
Title: Re: The Times' Save Our Cyclists campaign.
Post by: border-rider on February 02, 2012, 02:34:32 pm
http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=56300.0
Title: Re: The Times' Save Our Cyclists campaign.
Post by: clarion on February 02, 2012, 02:36:25 pm
I'm surprised by how people's views on newspapers will enable them to overlook a brand new two page thread on the subject:

http://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?topic=56300.0

EDIT: X-post with MV
Title: Re: The Times' Save Our Cyclists campaign.
Post by: TimC on February 02, 2012, 10:04:45 pm
Oh bum, sorry! I hadn't seen that. I did look, honest!
Title: Re: The Times' Save Our Cyclists campaign.
Post by: AndyK on February 03, 2012, 09:15:34 am
The Independent started a Save Our Cyclists campaign last year (http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/save-our-cyclists-clamour-for-flood-of-avoidable-road-deaths-to-be-stemmed-2268135.html). Here's their latest article on the issue of cycling fatalities:

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/the-ghost-bike-revolt-families-demand-action-on-cyclist-deaths-6348784.html

Title: Re: The Times' Save Our Cyclists campaign.
Post by: Redlight on April 30, 2012, 11:04:07 am
The Times and Sustrans are holding a hustings meeting with the five main London mayoral candidates this afternoon. I'll be tweeting from it  @rob_mcivor and using the hashtag #cyclesafe if anyone is interested.

Title: Re: The Times' Save Our Cyclists campaign.
Post by: hellymedic on April 30, 2012, 11:08:00 am
I'll be at hustings. Won't tweet but partner VoleOSpeed might.
Bet Boris somehow fails to show.
Title: Re: The Times' Save Our Cyclists campaign.
Post by: AndyK on April 30, 2012, 12:45:50 pm
The cycle hustings will be live here: http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/cyclesafety/article3399886.ece
Title: Re: The Times' Save Our Cyclists campaign.
Post by: hellymedic on April 30, 2012, 06:58:07 pm
I'll be at hustings. Won't tweet but partner VoleOSpeed might.
Bet Boris somehow fails to show.

Boris did show.
And flunked.
Title: Re: The Times' Save Our Cyclists campaign.
Post by: TimO on November 21, 2012, 08:49:41 am
In response to the latest fatalities in Aberdeen, and the Dagengam accident (mentioned in another thread (https://yacf.co.uk/forum/index.php?board=45.0)), the Times has published an article under their "Cities Fit for Cyclists" heading, since we've now gone over last years toll for cycling fatalities, even though we've still got over a month to go before the end of the year. :(

Cyclist deaths top last year’s toll as man becomes 109th fatality (http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/cyclesafety/article3606032.ece)
Title: Re: The Times' Save Our Cyclists campaign.
Post by: tonycollinet on November 21, 2012, 01:01:31 pm
And this makes me absolutely livid

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In the cases of 22-year-old Alex Fryer and 27-year-old Paul Lake, the cyclists were found with serious injuries by the roadside, leaving police to investigate whether they may have been hit by motorists and left to die. Four other cases have already been confirmed as hit-and-runs.


Drivers if caught should be prosecuted for manslaughter.
Title: Re: The Times' Save Our Cyclists campaign.
Post by: Pedaldog on November 23, 2012, 12:32:16 am
If they shot somebody and ran away, then got caught by the poice, they would have their Firearms licence removed. If a driver hits a cyclist, pedestrian or other Vulnerable road user then perhaps their Driving licence should be removed?
Oh, sorry I forgot Jemimah needs driving to the school gates and they have to shop for their neighbours elderly sister in laws great Aunt who has trouble walking from the car park herself!