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McCourt hearing Prosecutor tells Court in Edinburgh his sentence was 'unduly lenient'

The sentence of a motorist convicted of killing a cyclist was "unduly lenient", a court has been told. Prosecutors are appealing the sentence of Gary McCourt, who was found guilty in April of causing the death of Audrey Fyfe by driving carelessly.
Gary McCourt leaving the court ( photo  CTC )

Audrey, a lifelong CTC member who was 75, died two days after McCourt clipped the back wheel of her bike in Edinburgh in August 2011.

McCourt, who was 49 when sentenced in April, was banned from driving for five years and ordered to carry out 300 hours of community service by Sheriff James Scott.

At the end of his trial at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, it emerged that he was jailed for two years after being convicted in 1986 of causing another cyclist's death by reckless driving.

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CTC's Top 10 for Number 10 to Get Britain Cycling

With a government announcement on cycling reportedly imminent, here are CTC's priorities for what we'd like it to say.
Will No 10 find the funding to make Cycletopia a reality?

A month ago The Times reported that an announcement on cycling from Number 10 was expected "early in August".

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Cycle use up 8% in 2012 – average Briton travels 53 miles per year

New figures from the Department for Transport show that for the second year in a row, cycle use appears to have increased sharply.
Cycle use has increased markedly in the last 2 years, according to the DfT

Cycle use rose from 49 miles per person in 2011 to 53 miles in 2012.

However, most of that increase appears to be down to people making longer journeys by bike.

The average cycle trip is now 3.2 miles long – 45% longer than it was 10 years ago. This may in part be down to the increase in long distance leisure trips, and the growth of the ‘Middle Aged Man in Lycra’ (MAMIL) phenomenon.

The richest 20% of the population also travel furthest by bike – 82 miles per year, over twice as far as people from the poorest 40%.

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'Nice Way Code' launched to build better relations on the roads

Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown MSP has launched the Nice Way Code campaign to try and improve relations between all road users.
The Nice Way Code is a reimagining of the Highway Code

The campaign is run by Cycling Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government.

Ian Aitken, chief executive of Cycling Scotland, said: "Road safety is everyone’s responsibility and it is important we move away from the ‘us and them’ mentality of some drivers, cyclists and pedestrians when in fact almost everybody falls into at least two of those categories."

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Driver who killed Anthony Hilson convicted of causing his death by dangerous driving

The driver who killed cyclist Anthony Hilson in September 2012, when she took her eyes off the road, has been convicted of causing his death by dangerous driving.
The road where cyclist Anthony Hilson was killed

Victoria McClure had previously pleaded guilty to causing Mr Hilson's death by careless driving, but a jury has now convicted her of causing death by dangerous driving. She was handed an interim driving ban and will be sentenced on 30 August at Reading Crown Court. McClure already has 3 speeding convictions and has attended a drivers awareness course.

Anthony Hilson was out for a Sunday morning ride on September 9th 2012 when he was hit from behind by McClure on the A4 Bath Road in Twyford, Berkshire.

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Cyclist's letter to the Mayor of London calls for safer infrastructure for cycling

A cyclist who witnessed the aftermath of the crash which killed cyclist Alan Neve on the Holborn gyratory has written this letter to the Mayor of London, appealing to him to improve cycling infrastructure in the capital
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Dear Mayor,

I was cycling through Holborn junction as a part of my regular commute to work at 9:25 this Monday morning (15 July 2013). But what I witnessed was a male body in a white T-shirt being revived. There were parts of a purple bicycle scattered around a small lorry that had stopped right in front of me. A simple glance at the scene was enough to understand what had happened just a minute earlier. A big lorry was parked diagonally from the smaller one and the bleeding body was lying between them.

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Government roads strategy promises to 'cycleproof' major roads

CTC has welcomed the announcement to 'cycleproof' the major road network, which comes just two weeks after two cyclists were killed on the A30 in Cornwall.
The new A3 at Hindhead has greatly improved cycling conditions

A new strategy, 'Action for Roads: a network for the 21st century', has been published by the Department for Transport.

In it, the Department acknowledges the problem that parts of the major road network "can create a barrier" to walkers and cyclists.

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Cycling road crash victims and campaigners visit over 30 Police and Crime Commissioners to call for 'Road Justice'

Today, (July 11th ) campaigners and victims of cycling road crashes are meeting with Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) across England and Wales to hand in CTC, the national cycling charity’s Road Justice report.
West Midlands PCC Bob Jones meets CTC Campaigner Paul Middleton


CTC launched the Road Justice campaign, which is sponsored by Slater & Gordon Lawyers, to urge the police, prosecutors and courts to put policies and practices in place which demonstrate that bad driving is taken seriously and actively discouraged. This document examines the role of roads policing in keeping cyclists safe and ensuring irresponsible drivers are brought to justice.

Every police force, serious collision investigation unit and road safety partnership has also been sent the report.

Contact Information: 

CTC Press Office
Telephone: 0844-736-8453

Notes to Editors: 

Notes to editors

Renowned Barrister and cyclist Martin Porter QC has written the forword to the booklet and will present the document to the APCC and APOC in London as a CTC Ambassador .

The 29% decline in roads police numbers is documented at

The full report can be downloaded from the Road Justice website –
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Over 30 CTC campaigners meet Police and Crime Commissioners calling for 'Road Justice'

On July 11th CTC campaigners and victims of cycling road crashes met with Police and Crime Commissioners (PCCs) across England and Wales to hand in CTC’s first Road Justice report today.
CTC's Chief Exec Gordon Seabright with Wiltshire PCC Angus Macpherson

The report 'Road Justice: the role of the police' examines the role of roads policing in keeping cyclists safe and ensuring irresponsible drivers are brought to justice.

In addition to PCCs, every police force, serious collision investigation unit and road safety partnership has also been sent the report. This is the first of three reports produced for the Road Justice campaign which analyse the roles of the police, prosecutors and courts in making our roads safe. 

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Over half of Britons think roads are too dangerous, and only 33% ride a bike

Statistics published from the 2012 British Social Attitudes survey show that the public is very concerned about cycle safety, and only a third ever ride a bike.
Only a small proportion of people ever ride a bike

The British Social Attitudes survey is a useful barometer of attitudes, showing a gradual growth of scepticism over climate change, and a declining lack of concern over pollution, congestion or road building over the last 7 years.

Respondents remain supportive of 20 mph speed limits (72% approve) and fairly enthusiastic about speed bumps (51% in favour, 30% against).

What does it tell us about cycling?

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