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Thousands Pedal on Parliament in Scotland

Around 4,000 cyclists gathered in Edinburgh on Sunday 19 May and rode to Holyrood to deliver an 8-point manifesto calling for more investment in cycling, slower speeds, and better facilities for cyclists on Scotland’s roads. Peter Hayman, CTC councillor for Scotland, pedalled with them...
CTC's Ian Richardson and Graeme Obree

"Some dampness and lack of sun", Peter says, "didn't stop an impressive turn out for the Pedal on Parliament (PoP) in Scotland yesterday.

"Last year, PoP was a new and exciting challenge to the Government, and I was up near the front of the action. This year, nearer the back, I saw a striking number of families with young children and what looked like novice cyclists who wanted to join in.

Supporters stretched back further than could be seen at the gathering point, the Meadows in Edinburgh."

Second Place CTC Volunteer of the Year and Volunteer of the Year for Scotland – Chris Oliver

Peter Hayman Councillor for Scotland accepting the Award on Chris's behalf
Chris Oliver took over as Chair of CTC Scotland in January 2012 and members say he has brought ‘new life’ into the organisation.

Chris, a  surgeon, has made many media appearance to promote CTC and meets regularly with senior officials in Transport Scotland and other politicians. He has also worked with other cycling organisations to put CTCS 'on the map'.

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Demand a proper sentence for driver who killed twice

3 May 2013
CTC has joined with the family of Audrey Fyfe to challenge the scandalous sentence handed down to Gary McCourt on 3 May. McCourt was sentenced to 300 hours of community service and a five-year driving ban for causing death by careless driving
Audrey Fyfe and her daughter Aileen Brown

* * * Campaign update: 31st May 2013. Scotland's Crown Office has today decided it will appeal the 'unduly lenient sentence' handed down to McCourt. * * *

Mrs Fyfe was a mother and a wife and much valued member of CTC Scotland. She was hit by McCourt while riding her bike near her home in Edinburgh in August 2011.

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Cycle lawyers campaign for compensation changes

Cycle Law Scotland, a firm that deals with cyclists' injury claims, has launched a Road Share campaign to change the law relating to compensation.
Cyclist on a road

If the campaign is successful, cyclists and pedestrians would receive compensation automatically and promptly for injuries/damage sustained in a crash with a motor vehicle.

At present, because injured cyclists or pedestrians are not compensated automatically, they are all too often forced to fight for it  – a process that is often protracted, expensive and particularly difficult for those who need financial help with treatment and care. It is also burdensome for the courts.


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The Bike Station - Glasgow

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The Bike Station - Glasgow

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Address / directions

65 Haugh Road, Glasgow G3 8TX

De’ils On Wheels, Glasgow

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De’ils On Wheels

Type of organisation

De’ils On Wheels is a project of Dumbarton Road Corridor Environment Trust, which is a recognised Scottish charity (Charity No. SC035954) a company limited by guarantee registered in Scotland (Company No. SC273114)

Benholm Bikes, Johnshaven

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Benholm Bikes

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Partnership of voluntary/community organisations

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Mill of Benholm, near Johnshaven

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Roadworks - a test of priorities

When road or building work requires space to be removed from the carriageway, who gives up the space? In Britain, roadworks often occupy cycle facilities, with no provision of alternatives.
Space for bikes and pedestrians is temporarily reallocated in Denmark

In other countries cyclists often get a better deal.

This photo, from the centre of Copenhagen, shows that when building work requires space to be taken away from the pavement and cycle track, a temporary facility is constructed on the road.

Admittedly, the provision is narrow and well below the width of the cycle facility that had been replaced, but cyclists at least have been considered.

beCyCle, Aberdeen

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beCyCle “free community workshop and free bike lending scheme”

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University Society

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21-23 High Street, Old Aberdeen, AB24 3EB

New Start Bikes, Inverness

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New Start Bikes

Type of organisation

Social enterprise

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9 Carsegate Road, Inverness IV3 8DU

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