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Satnav drivers sentenced following cyclists' deaths

This week, two drivers were sentenced for killing cyclists whilst distracted by their satnavs.
A police officer reading out a statement from Anthony Hilson's family

Stephen James Conlan, pleaded guilty to causing Grahame McGregor’s death in March this year by careless driving and was sentenced to 240 hours community service, a 2-year driving ban and ordered to pay a £60 surcharge and £85 court costs at Peterlee Magistrates Court.

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Government announces sentencing guidelines review for certain driving offences

Local Transport and Cycling Minister Norman Baker made the announcements today on a visit to Cambridge.
Norman Baker launching Government response to Get Britain Cycling report

The Government today released its response to the All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group’s (APPCG) ‘Get Britain Cycling’ report. The report was launched in Cambridge by Local Transport Minister Norman Baker.

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Tragic case of schoolboy doesn't show need for mandatory helmets

22 August 2013
The story in many newspapers and other media of a 16-year-old, Ryan Smith, who is in a coma after being hit by a van, is tragic, but doesn't mean we should immediately adopt a policy of making helmets compulsory.
Unhelmeted cyclists in Cambridge

Understandably, Ryan's father is distraught at his son's terrible injuries. He is urging other cyclists to wear helmets.

However, even if helmets could make a difference in some cases, CTC believes that making them compulsory would do far more harm than good.

This is because the health benefits of cycling far outweigh the risks - by about 20:1 - and the evidence is strong that forcing people to wear helmets means that many simply stop riding their bikes.

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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
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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