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Cyclist convicted for “holding up the traffic”

August 20, 2006

I’ve just returned from holiday to find three messages in my inbox around this incident.

The cyclist has been fined for using a road rather than using a cycle path. Since using cycle “facilities” is supposed to be voluntary I’m wondering what law he actually breached. He is appealing and being supported by the Cyclists Defence Fund. Cheque is in the post.

If this was to stand it would make my journey to work illegal or impractical.

Tags: topic:[cycling] topic:[law]

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Cyclist convicted for “holding up the traffic”

August 20, 2006

I’ve just returned from holiday to find three messages in my inbox around this incident.

The cyclist has been fined for using a road rather than using a cycle path. Since using cycle “facilities” is supposed to be voluntary I’m wondering what law he actually breached. He is appealing and being supported by the Cyclists Defence Fund. Cheque is in the post.

If this was to stand it would make my journey to work illegal or impractical.

Tags: topic:[cycling] topic:[law]

From → Cycling

3 Comments
  1. Interesting post and a dangerous legal precedent.
    In Ireland, especially around Dublin, there has been a concerted effort to build cycle paths. However they are death-traps, apparently similar to those in the UK.
    Problems include:
    cars exiting houses that pull across the cycle path without looking
    frequent ramps as the path descends across driveways
    pedestrians that regard them as path of the footpath
    more broken glass
    much poorer quality surface

    Unfortunately drivers of motor vehicles are happy to engage in the most ludicrous acts of road rage when they see a cyclist on the road beside a cycle path.

  2. You can also donate to the Cyclists’ Defence Fund though the Charities Aid Foundation.
    One Sun matched, tax-reclaimed donation made today.

  3. [Trackback] As a colleague of mine said:
    Finally some sense….
    This is the case I mentioned
    the case of the cyclist who was convicted of “holding up the
    traffic” back
    in August 2006 . The case was retried rather than appealed. As I
    unders…

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