Campaigning for a cycle-friendly Dorset

Campaigning for a cycle-friendly Dorset
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Why is DCN needed when there are already plenty of cycling clubs?
DCN is not a cycling club, but a network of cycling campaigns throughout Dorset. While Cycling UK does excellent campaigning work at national level,  DCN can deal with more detailed issues at local level. Also, our lower subscription rate is more appropriate for cyclists who do not need the full range of CTC facilities but wish to support local campaigning.

Is Dorset Cyclists’ Network Company Limited a commercial business?
No. DCN is entirely led by a democratically elected committee of volunteers. We have no paid staff and do not trade for profit. We became a company limited by guarantee in July 2010 to limit the financial liability of committee members who are directors of the company in the event of DCN having to be wound up.

Why is there no DCN Branch where I live or cycle?
If local cyclists wish to have a local DCN branch to represent their needs and views to the local highway authority or anyone else, DCN will help them to form one.
Local cyclists know their own needs best and DCN cannot centrally represent them effectively except on general issues or matters of principle. For this reason each branch is autonomous as far as campaigning goes.  For information about running a DCN Branch visit “How DCN is Run”

What does the County Committee do?
County officers deal with the website, newsletter, finance and advertising and overall policy matters. Branch Coordinators serve on the County Committee so they all have an input into our policies..

I’m thinking of buying a new bike. What should I look out for?
See Buying a Bike

Should I be insured?
See Insurance

Where can I hire a bike in Dorset?
See Bike Hire

What is DCN’s policy on Data Protection?
See Hand Book

Click here for DCN POLICY on

Cycling on the footway

Shared use of paths & cycle facilities

Cycle bells

Accident liability


Drivers using mobile phones

Speeding drivers

Why shouldn’t cyclists pay road tax?
1. Nobody pays road tax. It was abolished in 1936.
2. Motorists pay a Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) - a tax like VAT or any other, which is not specifically allocated for roads.
3. Cyclists who own cars pay VED too - and benefit the public by cycling instead of driving (not our view, but that of SQW).
4. Everyone pays for the roads out of council tax and income tax. The full cost (maintenance, repairs, police, hospitals etc) is many times more than motorists contribute through VED though they are the main users.

Why doesn’t DCN condemn cyclists who jump traffic lights and break the law in other ways?
We do. We are on record as saying so in the press, radio and TV. It’s part of our constitution to campaign only by legal means and not to condone irresponsible cycling.

Why don’t cyclists use cycle paths and tracks when they are provided?
Paras 63 and 65 of the 2007 Highway code say that it is not compulsory for cyclists to use them.
The Institute of Advanced Motorists Book “How to be a better cyclist”*  advises cyclists: “There is no legal obligation for cyclists to use any kind of cycle facility. They are there to use if you wish, as an alternative to riding with general traffic, not as a mandatory substitute. . . . Take advantage of facilities where they help you, but ignore those that don’t.” *ISBN 978-0-9562239-2-0
Published in 2010 by IAM 0208 996 9600
There are various reasons why cyclists may not want to use a cycle path,. The following examples are not exhaustive:

It doesn’t lead where they need to go

There is no safe way to get on or leave it

It is in a poorly maintained condition

It crosses side roads and private drives which could be hazards

It does not conform to DfT width standards

It lacks direction signs

Cyclists would need to cross a busy road to get on it