Fixed Penalty Notice trial date fixed; The CTC Survey; Who is the cycling Banksy? Red Bull Rampage; Motorway madness; Naked ambition; PM praises the peloton; Limit lorries says CTC; Scotland's annual Gathering.
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Julie Rand, CTC Information Team
Fixed Penalty Notice trial date fixed
A trial date of 5 December 2013 has been set in the case of CTC member Alex Paxton, who is challenging the Fixed Penalty Notice he received after stopping in front of a cycle box in Fulham. He is contesting the fine as he was unable to stop in the box because it was blocked illegally by a motorist. The Cyclists’ Defence Fund, a charity set up by CTC, has raised nearly £2,500 through donations to fund Alex’s defence. The Crown Prosecution Service has until 6 November to respond to his barrister’s claim that a prosecution is not in the public interest.
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Tell us what you think - and you might win a bike
Have you taken part yet in CTC’s survey into our products and services? As part of our ongoing review of the benefits that CTC offers, we're keen to learn more about you and your experience of the organisation. The survey should take only a few minutes and, as a thank you for helping us improve your membership of CTC, you could win a Tifosi CK7 Audax Veloce 2013, worth £989!
Who is the cycling 'Banksy'?
The artist known as ‘Banksy’ is a secretive and seldom seen figure whose identity is a mystery. Equally mysterious is an unusually fast cyclist who has been spotted on the ride-logging website Strava this week. The rider has been claiming some amazingly fast times for climbs in the South of England, leading to suspicions that it could even be disgraced champion Lance Armstrong!
The mystery rider is certainly not the UK’s Brendan Fairclough. Although he hails from the Surrey Hills, he is better known for his downhill skills. He came a very creditable 8th place in the recent Red Bull Rampage, which took place in Utah. The competition featured jaw-dropping gap jumps, near vertical descents and a 78ft back flip over a canyon by the amazing American rider Cam Zink.
Red Bull Rampage is relatively safe compared to riding down a motorway, some might argue. Police in Hertfordshire recently escorted a cyclist off the M1 after he was spotted on the hard shoulder in pouring rain riding towards London. They then tweeted a picture of the rider with the hashtag #dontbeadummy. Some would say poor facilities for cyclists led to the rider's error in the first place.
Also attracting attention, but for very different reasons, is another cyclist in the South of England. Brave CTC Member Roger Coupe goes out for a fifty mile ride each week around his home town of Tunbridge Wells – completely naked. He has even ridden to Paris in the buff! Roger says: "When I am naked on my bike I feel liberated.” He is now attracting others wanting to ride in the nude too.
PM praises the peloton
David Cameron has backed the increasing number of so-called ‘lycra louts’. There has been criticism of such road cyclists and even a petition launched in Surrey against them. But the PM told BBC Radio Sussex: “We should be encouraging cycling, and motorists have to think carefully about how to deal with a peloton.” He added he is a "big fan" of the cycling revolution.
CTC says limit lorries
The Freight on Rail campaign has joined forces with the local authority Technical Advisors' Group in calling for Transport Secretary Patrick McLoughlin to restrict lorry access to designated routes in urban areas. CTC believes lorry use should be restricted on the busiest routes at the busiest times and has also called for improved lorry design and better driver training.
The gathering of the clans
The annual Gathering of CTC Scotland takes place in Larbert on Saturday 16 November. There will be presentations from by CTC Chief Executive Gordon Seabright, and also by Ian Richardson, the CTC Development Manager with responsibility for Scotland. The event is free and open to all CTC members. You can also find out everything that CTC is doing in Scotland via the Chair's blog.
Julie Rand has edited CycleClips since 2011 and has been working at CTC in various guises since 2001.