CDF to support Michael Mason’s family quest for justice

The bereaved family of cyclist Michael Mason will begin their quest for justice after the Cyclists’ Defence Fund (CDF) confirmed today (Friday 19 December) that it will provide funding to support their case. CDF is a linked charity established by CTC, the national cycling charity, with the remit to deal with issues related to cycling and the law.

Summons for cyclist fined for pavement cycling

A cyclist whose legal challenge is being supported by the Cyclists Defence Fund has received a court summons for failing to pay a fine for pavement cycling.

Kristian Gregory was fined in August on New Kent Road in London by a Police Community Support Officer (PCSO) taking part in Operation Safeway, a high-profile Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) initiative aimed at improving both driver and cyclist safety.

Campaigners call for secure funding for cycling and walking

Six campaigning organisations have joined forces to support amendments to the Infrastructure Bill in order to force the Government to plan for much greater investment in cycling and walking.

Safeguard and boost investment in cycling and walking

The suggested amendment to the Bill proposes an investment plan similar to the one used for the railways, which has contributed to the increase in rail traffic to the levels of the 1920s.

Young cyclists sought for awareness raising project

FixersUK is a charity that helps motivated 16-25 year olds raise awareness of the issues that are most important to them in creative ways, by using multi-media techniques such as short films, graphic design and music. The completed projects are regularly featured on ITV News.

New Forest NIMBYism

The New Forest National Park Authority, responsible for the 220 square mile wooded reserve, has scrapped the planned implementation of a rural bicycle hire scheme which had already secured funding, a supplier and much public support.

The rental scheme, which would have been funded by a grant from the Department for Transport, would have provided locals and visitors to the park 250 bikes at 20 docking stations.

Kent police ordered to review fatal collision investigation

This article was originally published on road.cc

Kent Police has been ordered to review its investigation into the 2011 death of a cyclist after an internal report revealed a series of inadequacies, but concluded that the investigation had been carried out correctly overall.

Following a complaint from the family of Richard Jordan, the Independent Police Complaints Commission has told the Kent force it must review their concerns.

Cycle storage advice

This article outlines how you might be affected by planning legislation related to putting bike sheds in front gardens and gives examples of what some councils are doing to help residents store their bikes safely.

Relevant legislation

Is Britain blighted by bike sheds?

Last week, the Guardian’s Bike Blog editor, Peter Walker, reported on the paradoxical situation that Brighton residents find themselves in whereby Brighton’s Green Council encourages them to cycle but takes away their ability to store their bikes safely and securely.

CDF is fundraising to support cyclists contesting FPNs

CDF has agreed to support one cyclist’s challenge of a FPN he was given when he strayed out of a sub-standard cycle lane onto a shared use path. The cyclist, Kristian Gregory, had intended to cross a road that was sign-posted for cyclists but was stopped in his tracks by a Police Community Support Officer who slapped him with the £50 fine.

Watch Kristian’s helmet camera footage of the incident

In ease of emergency - make sure you can be identified

In the unlikely event that you are involved in a collision whilst cycling, you should make sure you can be identified quickly by the police or paramedics.

There are often incidents where the police are unable to identify someone involved in a road collision because they do not have any form of identification on them. This means family members may go hours without knowing what has happened to their loved one.

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