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Cycleclips 10th May 2013

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Fury at sentence of driver who killed twice
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The e-petition calling for the Government to 'Get Britain Cycling' now has nearly 56,000 of the 100,000 signatures needed to trigger a debate in Parliament. With a nearly a year to run, it's not too late to sign it if you haven't done so already.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Fury at sentence for man who killed twice
 
 
 
 
CTC is shocked at the derisory sentence handed down to Gary McCourt, who killed 75-year-old CTC member Audrey Fyfe in August 2011. CTC Councillor for Scotland Peter Hayman, who attended her funeral, said: “A sentence of 300 hours of community service and only a 5-year ban is scandalous and goes against the efforts to encourage cycling.” Previously, the driver had served time in jail for killing another cyclist. Moreover, when explaining the sentence, Sheriff James Scott mentioned that Mrs Fyfe was not wearing a helmet at the time of the crash, which, in his view, may have “contributed to her death”. CTC is asking you to support Mrs Fyfe’s family in their appeal against the sentence by sending a letter to the Lord Advocate in Scotland.
 
 
 
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Pedal on Parliament
 
 
 
 
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In view of the sentencing of Gary McCourt, next weekend’s Pedal on Parliamentin Edinburgh will have added poignancy. Taking place on Sunday 19 May, the ride is organised by a cross-section of Scottish cyclists, who are demanding a more cycle-friendly environment in the country. This year, CTC Chief Executive Gordon Seabright will be taking part.
 
 
 
 
Bread head
 
 
 
 
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When cycling enthusiast Claude Marthaler came across bread delivery man Hamada in Cairo, he was so amazed at his unusual method of carrying his cargo, he captured it in a stunning short film. Navigating the crowded streets whilst riding one-handed, Hamada’s skill is astonishing. But watch right to the end for his pièce-de-resistance!
 
 
 
 
Lid bid
 
 
 
 
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In the wake of a report from Boston Children’s Hospital calling for children’s cycle helmets to be made mandatory, CTC Campaigns Director Roger Geffen spoke in a debate with the report’s author Dr Meehan on BBC Radio 4’s PM last week. Roger argued that compulsory helmet laws risked putting people off cycling, thus increasing the risks associated with lack of activity.
 
 
 
 
Is that a pump I see before me?
 
 
 
 
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Inactivity is not likely to be a problem for members of The HandleBards cycle touring theatre troupe. The four-strong cast of Shakespearean actors is riding from Glasgow to London this summer, performing at 31 venues en route. They will be carrying all their set, props, costumes and camping equipment with them.
 
 
 
 
Don't look down!
 
 
 
 
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When community organisation Highland Perthshire Cycling want to promote their events, they don’t go down the usual route of some leaflets and a poster. They choose something with a bit more impact: last year it was a bicycle bungee jump and this year, an even more spectacular feat – riding down the 140ft Lawers Dam!
 
 
 
 
The winner takes it all
 
 
 
 
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To mark the launch of Green Energy’s sponsorship of Team CTC, they held a competition on Facebook to win an n7even Majoris 700c road bike, worth nearly £1,000. The lucky winner was James Morley from Ealing. He says: “This year my aim is to ride 5,000 miles to raise £5,000 for Prostate Cancer UK and winning this fantastic new bike will certainly help me on my way.”
 
 
 
 
RideLondon needs you
 
 
 
 
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Volunteer roles are still available for the Prudential RideLondon Cycle event, with every volunteer getting to see the pros up close, gain entrance to the rest of the Olympic legacy event and receive a goody bag. If you would like to contribute to making this a special event for all cyclists and supporters please apply now.
 
 
 
 
Pedal to the metal
 
 
 
 
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This year’s Kirkpatrick Macmillan rally takes place in Dumfries, Scotland from 24-27 May. The rally, organised by CTC Scotland, celebrates what is widely regarded as the birthplace of cycling at Drumlanrig Castle. This is whereKirkpatrick Macmillan first had the idea of using his smithy to attach pedal-driven cranks to a frame, thus creating the first bicycle in 1839.
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

Julie Rand has edited CycleClips since 2011 and has been working at CTC in various guises since 2001.

 
 
 
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