This morning, CTC has learnt that the Crown Counsel in Edinburgh has decided to refer for appeal the case of Gary McCourt, the lorry driver who killed member Audrey Fyfe in August 2011; he had previously also killed cyclist George Dalgity in 1985 by his bad driving. Following a campaign by CTC and other organisations, over 6,000 people wrote to the Lord Advocate to protest against the derisory sentence McCourt was given of a 5-year driving ban and 300 hours’ community service. CTC Road Safety Campaigner Rhia Weston says: "The Crown Office only take up 12 appeals at most per year and not all of them are successful, so the fact that this case will be appealed is a huge success." The High Court will then make its decision whether the sentence should be changed or not in the autumn. CTC and the families of both Audrey and George hope this time McCourt is given a life-time driving ban.
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Big Lottery win for CTC
CTC is delighted to have been awarded over half a million pounds from the Big Lottery Fund to enable more people with disabilities, such as Zara, to enjoy cycling. The good news means that we can now build a network of inclusive cycling champions throughout England to build on the great work we currently do.
Two tribes not at war
CTC has welcomed the announcement by the AA and BSM that they will roll out a cycle awareness module to their driving instructors. The course aims to overturn some myths about cyclists' right to use the roads. AA President Edmund King said: “I am personally committed to breaking down the ‘Two Tribes’ attitude displayed between some drivers and cyclists. Often we are the same people.”
Jeremy joins in
It seems that motoring champion Jeremy Clarkson is finally getting this message too. As reported by the Environmental Transport Association, he used his column in The Sunday Times to urge ‘normal people’ to start riding bikes'. But he hasn't turned into a fully-fledged eco-warrior just yet – his conversion is more to do with saving money, time and his waistline than saving the planet.
Awards on track
Do you take your bike by train or cycle to your local station? In order to promote integrated transport, the 2013 National Cycle-Rail Awards seek to recognise the best schemes in the country. There are ten categories to choose from, with two Madison GoPro cameras as prizes in the photography section. The closing date for nominations and entries is 13 September.
Help Pedal for Scotland
Pedal for Scotland on 8 September 2013 is the country’s biggest bike ride and aims to help alleviate child poverty. Volunteers are needed to help run the feed stations and act as marshals along the route. Marshals are also needed for the 9-mile family ride from Kirkliston to Edinburgh ahead of the main event. If you are interested in these roles, please contact Pedal for Scotland.
Looking for a present for Father's Day? Take a look at our Pinterest board for inspiration - from bicycle pants to a chocolate bicycle to a cycling jersey with a message, we've got it covered. But for a really special gift that lasts all year, CTC Gift Membership will mean he gets his own copy of CycleClips and Cycle to enjoy – and a free CTC hat into the bargain!
If you have a head for heights, CTC Cycling Holidays and Tours’ trip to France’s Pays Cathare from 12-19 October 2013 sound fantastic. Visiting the precipitous locations of the thirteenth century ruined chateaux is the theme of the tour and the holiday also includes a visit to the Gorge de Galamus and the vineyards of the Corbière on traffic-free lanes.
Do the Ron Kit
Despite cancellation of the York Cycle Show this year, the Ron Kitching Challenge Ride is still going ahead on Sunday 22 June from a new location in Huntington. There is a choice of 100km and 150km routes and it costs £17 for CTC members and £27 for non-members. With steep climbs and fantastic tea stops, the ride provides a grand day out for all riders.
Julie Rand has edited CycleClips since 2011 and has been working at CTC in various guises since 2001.