Cyclists’ organisation CTC has said that the case of a teenage driver who repeatedly drove at a cyclist in an attempt to run him off the road is just one example of the dangerous driving that bike riders face on a daily basis, and has urged cyclist to continue to report bad driving.
Yesterday, we reported that 18-year-old Benjamin Harrison had received a suspended sentence after aiming his vehicle at off duty police inspector Melvin Martin as he cycled home from Burnley police station.
That story provoked a number of comments from our readers, with some expressing surprise at the leniency of the sentence, although when we contacted the Crown Prosecution Service for their view, a spokesperson told us that “sentencing is a matter for the courts and we do not comment on individual sentences.”
Debra Rolfe, campaigns co-ordinator at CTC, commented: "This may sound like a remarkable story, but actually cyclists experience aggressive and dangerous driving all too frequently. In this case, the victim just happened to be a police officer and his account was acted upon, but we hope that the police always take accounts of driving such as this very seriously indeed.”
Ms Rolfe added: “Any cyclist who has experienced bad driving can report it to CTC's Stop SMIDSY ("Sorry Mate I Didn't See You") campaign, and help CTC make a case for stopping bad driving."
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.