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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
Dutch cycle tracks

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
Email: publicity@ctc.org.uk
Telephone: 0844-736-8453

Notes to Editors: 

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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 http://www.ctc.org.uk/traffic-police-numbers-fall-29-in-10-years

The full report can be downloaded from the Road Justice website – www.roadjustice.org.uk
CTC is the UK’s largest cycling charity with 69,000 members. Established in 1878 CTC is also the oldest cycling membership body in the UK and continues to inspire and help people to cycle and keep cycling, whatever kind of cycling they do or would like to do. Over a century’s experience tells us that cycling is more than useful transport; it makes you feel good, gives you a sense of freedom and creates a better environment for everyone. Visit www.ctc.org.uk
          Senior Media and Communications Officer Laura Raymond 0844 736 8453 or 07960 349405
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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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Fewer drivers killed but cycle serious injuries and deaths up in 2012: complacency over road safety?

Cycle serious casualties up 5% in 2012 against the previous year, the 8th consecutive year of increase, exceeding the background growth in cycling. Meanwhile pedestrian casualties have also started to rise, while those for car occupants are falling. What's happening?
Newer cars (left) are almost 3 times safer for occupants than older ones

A rise in the risk of cycling is seriously bad news, reconfirming that Government and local authorities need to up their game in improving conditions for cyclists.

However, the Government can point to a fall in all road deaths to the record low of 1,754 to claim that they are making progress on road safety. 

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Risk of cycling still rising amid slashed policing and inadequate investment

Figures released today show that although cycle use has risen slightly, the increase in serious cycle injuries has been greater, meaning that the overall risk of cycling is rising. CTC is calling on the Government to respond to the Get Britain Cycling report with adequate investment.
Which way for cycling policy? Investment is falling and risk is rising

The risks to cycling have increased in Great Britain, following a 5% increase in cycle serious injuries and deaths but a smaller increase in cycle use in 2012.

The figures, published by the Department for Transport, show that in 2012 cycle fatalities rose from 107 in 2011 to 118. 

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Appeal against the sentence of a motorist convicted of killing a cyclist will be heard in August

Prosecutors challenging the five-year driving ban imposed on Gary McCourt on the grounds that the sentence was ''unduly lenient'' have announced that the appeal will take place on August 13th. The right to appeal was granted on 31 May following a campaign launched by CTC and Audrey Fyfe's family.

McCourt was found guilty in April of causing the death of Audrey Fyfe by driving carelessly and hitting the back wheel of her bike in Edinburgh. The 75-year-old died two days after the incident in August 2011. 

McCourt was also ordered to carry out 300 hours of community service.  At the end of the trial at Edinburgh Sheriff Court, it emerged he was convicted of causing another cyclist's death in 1986.

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BMA's helmet stance questioned as USA safety authorities drop key helmet claim

As American cycle campaigners persuade the US safety authorities to drop a key claim for the effectiveness of helmets, and new evidence suggesting that Canada's helmet laws had no detectable effect, the BMA's stance on helmet laws is questioned by Ben Goldacre of 'Bad Science' fame.
London Mayor Boris Johnson wants to "delycrafy" cycling

In an editorial in the current British Medical Journal (BMJ – i.e. the magazine of the British Medical Association, BMA), co-authored with risk professor David Spiegelhalter, Goldacre openly questions the BMA’s support for laws that would ban people from cycling without helmets.

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