Childseat standard will make carrying kids by bike much safer, says CTC

With the publication of BS-EN14344, there's now a Euro-wide safety standard for cycle childseats. It's a voluntary standard for now, the culmination of 15 years campaigning by cycle safety experts.
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CTC Technical Officer, Chris Juden has long campaigned for the standard, and helped draft it.

A bicycle child seat is not an easy thing to write standards about,said Juden.

“It’s not just the seat: the bikes you can put them on vary so much; and then you have different national traditions to contend with. The Germans don’t like front seats on the handlebars and the Dutch don’t like the straps to be so secure – for when the bike goes in the canal.

"There were times when the work became completely bogged down in seemingly irreconcilable differences and insoluble problems; but you can’t just give up."

A statement from CTC said: "We are confident that reputable childseat manufacturers will be ensuring that their products provide the highest certifiable levels of safety and marking them accordingly."

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