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Trial date for cyclist's FPN challenge

Alex Paxton, the 27 year-old cyclist who is challenging a fixed penalty notice, appeared at Lavender Hill Magistrates Court this afternoon. He pleaded not guilty and a trial date was set for 5th December.
Alex Paxton challenges a Fixed Penalty Notice

Alex Paxton received the FPN when he was unable to stop in a cycle box in Fulham in August.

Earlier this week, his barrister Puneet Rai filed a letter with the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) asking them to review whether a prosecution would be in the public interest.

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Longer, better driver training call supported by CTC

A report commissioned by Government into driver training has concluded that young people learning to drive should spend a maximum of 1 year undertaking the process, including 120 hours of practice. CTC supports the proposal, but suggests that cycle training be an integral part of learning to drive.
Learning to drive should include elements of cycle awareness

The report recommends a minimum 1 year period for people to learn to drive, with tighter restrictions on what they are able to do once they have their licence.

This approach, called Graduated Driver Licencing, is designed to stop - or reduce - young people driving at times where they represent the greatest risk, such as at night or when carrying passengers.

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Cameron confirms sentencing guidelines review for dangerous driving offences

CTC has welcomed Prime Minister David Cameron's confirmation during Prime Minister's questions on 9 October that the Government will conduct a review of sentencing guidelines for serious driving offences.
A view of Parilament

CTC reported on the Government’s announcement in August that the sentencing guidelines would be reviewed for the offences of causing death by careless driving, causing death by dangerous driving and causing serious injury by dangerous driving.

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Hope for a bike boost in Belfast as Giro d’Italia 2014 route announced

It is the first time this prestigious international event is being held outside continental Europe. The Giro d'Italia 2014 will travel from Belfast to Trieste in 21 stages and route details have just been announced.
The McClelland family at the 'Titanic' starting point in Belfast

Friday 9 May sees the Belfast stage, which starts at Titanic Belfast and takes in the Newtownards Road, Stormont, Queen's Bridge, the Ormeau Road, Stranmillis and finishes in Belfast city centre.

The Saturday leg - a 218 km cycle - starts on Belfast's Antrim Road and goes to Antrim, Ballymena, Bushmills, and the Giant's Causeway before taking in the coastline from Cushendall to Larne, then on to Whitehead and Carrickfergus before heading back to Belfast.

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Where do drivers have the most penalty points?

Figures from CTC, the national cycling charity, obtained from Government data, show which locations in the country have the highest concentration of drivers with penalty points.
CTC's map shows the proportion of drivers who have points

Glasgow tops the list, with 14.5% of drivers living in the postcode area with points. At the other end, Lerwick, in Shetland, has the fewest: just 4% of drivers have had their licences endorsed.

Full data is available to download in the table below. Tables showing the top 10 and bottom 10 locations where drivers have points on their licences can be found on CTC's Road Justice website.

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Get a lorry driver's eye view at the Cycle Show - take a listen!

The Cycle Show is busy already on day one. Here at the NEC in Hall 11, Alex from the Apprentice is at large, the press room is buzzing - partly due to the coffee on tap - and the exhibitors are peddling their wares!
'Exchanging Places' at the Cycle Show

We've already met some fascinating people at CTC's stand ... do come and say hello! 

After your visit to us, be sure to have a look at the 'Exchanging Places Event' just a few yards away from us on Stand A50. There's a truck on display fitted with extra mirrors and alarm warning systems to help the driver see vulnerable road users better.

The truck is part of an educational roadshow, brought to the NEC by Murphy and Hochtief, whose guys are keen to offer cyclists the chance to exchange places and view the road with a lorry driver’s eye.

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Scot Free: Justice system in Edinburgh fails cyclists as McCourt appeal refused

25 September 2013
CTC, the national cycling charity, is bitterly dismayed over today's decision of the Court of Appeal in Edinburgh to allow 49-year-old Gary McCourt, whose driving has killed two cyclists, back on the roads.
Family united in disbelief Aileen Brown, Ian Fyfe and Linda Hamilton.

In response to a campaign organised by CTC and Audrey Fyfe's family, over 6,000 people wrote to the Procurator Fiscal against McCourt's 'unduly lenient' sentence. McCourt knocked Audrey off her bike in August 2011 and she died two days later.

He was given just 300 hours community service and a five-year driving ban.

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Road safety procession to be held on Sat 21st in Birmingham in Hope Fennell's name

This week Hope Fennell would have turned 15 had her short life not been tragically ended in 2011. A procession calling for improved road safety will be held in her name on Saturday 21 September in Birmingham.
13-year-old Hope Fennell was killed whilst crossing a pedestrian crossing

Hope was killed by a lorry as she pushed her bike across a pedestrian crossing in Kings Heath, Birmingham in November 2011. The driver of the lorry, Darren Foster, moved his vehicle off when the lights turned green not knowing that at that moment Hope was in front of the vehicle. Hope died trapped under the lorry’s wheels.

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Cyclist to challenge Fixed Penalty Notice after £2300 raised for legal fees.

Cyclists have shown overwhelming support for Alex Paxton's challenge of the FPN he received a few weeks ago. Individual donors have given a total of £2669.50. Alex has submitted his request for a hearing in the Magistrates court to contest the FPN.
Alex Paxton is challenging an unfairly issued FPN

Alex had intended to position himself in the cyclists’ box in order to turn right, but found that the box had been illegally occupied by a motorist. With concern for his own safety were he to stay in the inside lane and then have to cross three lanes of moving traffic in order to turn right, he decided to position himself ahead of the traffic and ahead of the Advanced Stop Line (ASL).

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Why the Cyclist's Defence Fund is supporting one cyclist’s challenge of a FPN

A few weeks ago, Alex Paxton was issued with a fixed penalty notice (FPN) for failing to stop at a red light, yet all he was doing was positioning himself in front of a car which had illegally occupied the advanced stop box.
ASLs are good for cyclists, but could be better

Alex had intended to position himself in the cyclists’ box in order to turn right, but found that the box had been illegally occupied by a motorist. With concern for his own safety were he to stay in the inside lane and then have to cross three lanes of moving traffic in order to turn right, he decided to position himself ahead of the traffic and ahead of the Advanced Stop Line (ASL).

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