CDF Co-ordinator's blog

CDF thanks cycling musician for fundraising efforts

‘Stand up, barefoot, un-classical guitarrist’ Richard Durrant has spent much of the last few months travelling around England and Scotland by bicycle, carrying his touring equipment with him in panniers and a trailer, and spreading the joy of music and cycling.

Raising funds and awareness through film

A CDF supporter has raised £215.60 for the ‘Justice for Michael’ appeal by showing a screening of the documentary ‘Bikes vs Cars’.

Charlie Sinclair came up with the idea to use the film to raise funds for the charity after reading about the documentary and the tragic death of Michael Mason in CTC’s weekly e-newsletter Cycle Clips.

CDF's guide for challenging a Fixed Penalty Notice

Fixed Penalty Notices, or FPNs, are one-off fines handed out for minor traffic offences to motorists and cyclists by police officers, Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) and sometimes council wardens.

Since the launch of the Metropolitan Police Service’s Operation Safeway – begun in the wake of the deaths of six cyclists in a two week period on London’s roads in November 2013 – there has been a rise in FPNs given to cyclists in the capital.

Cyclist with a cause

Looking to contribute to the Cyclists’ Defence Fund’s Justice for Michael appeal and keen to promote the recently launched documentary ‘Bikes vs Cars’, an enterprising CDF supporter is putting on a one-off screening of the film and donating the proceeds to the appeal.

Charlie Sinclair from Shrewsbury read about both the documentary and the tragic case of Michael Mason in CTC’s e-newsletter Cycle Clips.

The Bicycling Bard is back and raising funds for CDF

Talented virtuoso guitarist – and CTC member – Richard Durrant is following up last year’s successful tour of England using a bicycle and trailer with another trip this summer that will take him from Sussex to the Isle of Skye.

Vigil and die in for designer killed by lorry in London

55-year-old Moira Gemmill, was killed in collision with a lorry when cycling in London on 9th April 2015.

Moira was a designer and major figure in the London arts world and was hand-picked by the Queen to oversee renovations at Windsor Castle. She is thought to have been cycling to work at St James’s Palace when the incident happened.

The 40-year-old driver of the lorry, from Potters Bar-based engineering firm JSM, was questioned but not arrested.

An incomprehensible travesty of justice

Last week, an incomprehensible travesty of justice occurred in Kent: a driver who had sent and received 40 text messages whilst at the wheel and who then hit an 18-year-old cyclist on a straight stretch of road in broad day light was cleared by a jury of causing the cyclist’s death.

At Canterbury Crown Court on 20th March, 36-year-old Philip Sinden was cleared of causing the death of 18-year-old Daniel Squire on the A258 Dover Road on 7th September 2013.

Police add insult to injury in Mason case

In a shocking display of insensitivity the Metropolitan Police announced to the media on 18th March that they would not refer the case of Michael Mason to the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS). This followed an announcement made only six days before, shortly before a vigil marking a year since Michael’s death, that the Met would refer the case to the CPS. This u-turn was broadly welcomed by the Cyclists Defence Fund (CDF), Michael’s family and other campaigners for justice.

Police U-turn on prosecution in Michael Mason case

With support from the Cyclists’ Defence Fund, the family of 70-year-old Michael Mason who was hit from behind by a driver on Regent Street on 25 February 2014, have been fighting for answers as to why the police did not inform the CPS of the case. Michael died on 14 March, 19 days after the incident.

Vigil to mark anniversary of Michael Mason’s death

To mark one year since Michael Mason was killed in a road crash in London, the Cyclists’ Defence Fund, together with the campaign group Stop Killing Cyclists will hold a ride and vigil on Regent Street on Friday 13th March.

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