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Scot Free: Justice system in Edinburgh fails cyclists as McCourt appeal refused

25 September 2013
CTC, the national cycling charity, is bitterly dismayed over today's decision of the Court of Appeal in Edinburgh to allow 49-year-old Gary McCourt, whose driving has killed two cyclists, back on the roads.
Family united in disbelief Aileen Brown, Ian Fyfe and Linda Hamilton.

In response to a campaign organised by CTC and Audrey Fyfe's family, over 6,000 people wrote to the Procurator Fiscal against McCourt's 'unduly lenient' sentence. McCourt knocked Audrey off her bike in August 2011 and she died two days later.

He was given just 300 hours community service and a five-year driving ban.

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Barriers to cycling - it shouldn't be just for the fit and the brave

Since she’s been been back on her bike, CTC’s Suzanne Forup has noticed more barriers to cycling - and to just getting out of the house - than she ever did in her carefree/child-free days..
A barrier to cycling on the canal path

Getting on a bike, off a train and onto a cycle path used to be non-events. Now, with a toddler in tow, they can require careful planning, the kindness of strangers and good upper body strength. Like anyone who has tried to negotiate the London Underground with a small child, a push-chair and a large bag, it’s given me a small insight into the world that people with more significant mobility issues face on a daily basis.

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Women on Wheels - a day of cycling action

Type: 
Conference
Cost: 
£5 for the Women's Cycle Forum - other events free

Women have been behind some of the most interesting developments in cycling in recent years, from cycle campaigns to sport, all-abilities cycling and even leisure rides. Whether your interest is campaigning, racing, family riding, ‘cycle chic’ or just getting on your bike, come along to meet the women who are already making things happen, and come away with the ideas and inspiration to do more.

Women on Wheels 2014 is a day of female (and family) focused events, all part of the Edinburgh Festival of Cycling. On Saturday 14th June there will be:

Pedal on Parliament

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Rally/Festival
Cost: 
Free

Last year 4000 cyclists pedalled on the Scottish Parliament to tell politicians they want a cycle-friendly Scotland. CTC Members from all over Scotland and beyond will be gathering again at the Meadows in Edinburgh for a 12 noon start on Saturday 26 April 2014.

For more information http://pedalonparliament.org/
 

 

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Dr Bike volunteer opportunities at RideLondon

Dr Bike volunteers mending bicycles
Do you know how to change an inner tube or bike tyre, tighten a brake cable, oil a chain or adjust a seat? If so, you have the skills to help support thousands of cyclists by volunteering to be a Dr Bike support mechanic at this year’s Prudential RideLondon on the 9 August.

Dr Bike is a great opportunity for volunteers and bike owners to engage, learn more about their bikes and be given visual demonstrations of maintenance techniques and how to fix minor problems.

At last year’s Prudential RideLondon FreeCycle Festival, CTC organised three Dr Bike service stations at St Pauls, Green Park and Tower Hill, and managed to help over 2,000 people with their bikes. This was only achieved with the help of almost 100 hundred volunteers.

Belles on Bikes - Edinburgh

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Belles on Bikes is running its second Edinburgh run on 22 February. If you are a female cyclist looking to get out on your bike then come along! We are a friendly bunch of ladies keen on cycling (and cake) and welcome women of all abilities. If you are interested in getting the group up and running in Edinburgh then we'd love to hear from you.

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