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A cyclist in Brighton has been fined £700 and ordered to pay £215 costs after riding through a red light. Richard Hodgson, aged 53, was found guilty by Brighton magistrates of ignoring the traffic light, cycling without lights, cycling on the pavement and failure to stop for police.

According to the Daily Telegraph, Hodgson had been stopped by a police car after going through the red light, but he swore at officers and twice tried to ride off.

Inspector James Biggs from the Sussex Police road policing unit said: "Our communities in Brighton and Hove are regularly raising concerns about anti-social cycling, where cyclists are cycling on pavements, having no regard for red traffic lights and cycling without lights at night.

"This behaviour puts both the cyclists and other road users at risk and we will respond robustly to anyone found committing such offences."
 

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.

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OldRidgeback [2660 posts] 6 years ago
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He sounds a bit of a jerk. The punishment fits the crime. I wish the same could be said for all offending road users. I did watch a guy on a mountainbike cross a junction at red this morning. I was waiting on the other side and got a fine view. The guy went round the rear of an HGV that had crossed the lights but still had its tail end sticking out into the carriageway as the driver waited for the queue to move forward. As the cyclist peered round the truck he nearly lost his head to a bus coming the other way. He then zoomed across the road in front of a car that had to brake to avoid him and cycled away happily on the pavement. Not long after the lights changed and it did strike me how this guy had put his own life at risk (and possibly others) because he wasn't prepared to wait 30 seconds - puts it in perspective really.

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cat1commuter [1421 posts] 6 years ago
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I think that is way over the top when you compare it to penalties for motoring offences, and you consider that he didn't actually harm anyone.

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OldRidgeback [2660 posts] 6 years ago
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What it highlights is that people often get away with minimal punishments for serious offences. I think he got what he deserved. I don't think all offenders do.

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Simon_MacMichael [2467 posts] 6 years ago
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Can't be sure without knowing what the magistrates actually said, but I'd imagine the level of fine had as much (if not more) to do with his reported behaviour afterwards  39

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CountZero [4 posts] 6 years ago
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He's lucky to get the fine. A cyclist last week was riding on a dual carriagway near Swindon in the dark, with no lights on. He was hit by a horsebox and two following vehicles. That's evolution in action. He'd probably have preferred to pay the fine rather than with his life. Frankly, anyone who's dumb enought to behave like that deserves what he gets.
...and that doesn't include sympathy.

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robmcsween [7 posts] 6 years ago
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That was daft of him. But how many motorists have you seen stopped after cutting a red light? Personally, not one. But I've seen two cyclists stopped and know another two who have been fined. Yet I see drivers put their foot down and get through a light that's just changed every other day.

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andrew_gilmer [27 posts] 6 years ago
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think this guys fine was probably more for swearing at the peelers and tryin to ride off on htem than running a red light.

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jobysp [143 posts] 6 years ago
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He got what he deserved, but lets look at the following sentence:

"Our communities in Brighton and Hove are regularly raising concerns about anti-social cycling, where cyclists are cycling on pavements, having no regard for red traffic lights and cycling without lights at night."

A quick look at The Argus shows that Brighton has far more problems that rogue people on bikes. Indeed a careless driver has recently been imprisoned there for a staggering 9 months for killing someone who was on a scooter.

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Recumbenteer [168 posts] 6 years ago
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I do not believe newspapers are a reliable source, especially newspapers that are IMHO all too often anti-cyclist. It is all too common for important context to be removed to produce a story that is quite different from the actual facts.

However, in this case the report appears correct.
The whole event was videoed, I saw it on TV the other night. He was a total cock. When he was spotted riding without lights [visualise typical stealth cyclist: dark clothes no lights or reflectors], the Police tried to get him to stop, so he rode through a red light to escape. Then he continued to ignore their requests to stop and he rode onto the pavement to escape. He was also as drunk as a skunk.
He was really obnoxious. He was offered the choice of a fixed penalty notice or court but since he refused to provide his details he was repeatedly warned that he would be arrested if he didn't provide his details. Eventually, he relented, gave his details and chose court.

It was entirely his fault. If he'd stopped, the Police said he'd been told to walk home. However, he was determined to talk his way into trouble and he succeeded!

I see idiots behave like this virtually every time I cycle. Do I challenge them? Sometimes, but it depends upon circumstances. I have never had a civil response.

Behavior like that gets all cyclists a bad name, to the gutter press he's a typical cyclist.
This idiot is no friend of law-abiding cyclists. He 'presses all the wrong buttons' and feeds ammunition to the cycle-hating sections of the media and the morons who believe everything they're told. As far as they're concerned, all cyclists are Lycra-clad lawbreaking scum, even when it's perfectly clear that this isn't true.

The thing is, his choice to not buy lights was a rather expensive mistake, but then he could have been killed or maimed as a result of his stupidity.

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mr_colostomy [29 posts] 6 years ago
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Don't motorists who kill cyclists through their negligence regularly get fines which are less than a third of this amount?

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cunijoeme [1 post] 2 years ago
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here he is during the act on motorway cops http://youtu.be/bLdhkuGyX7o?t=42m11s and again at http://youtu.be/bLdhkuGyX7o?t=52m46s

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Stumps [3415 posts] 2 years ago
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robmcsween wrote:

That was daft of him. But how many motorists have you seen stopped after cutting a red light? Personally, not one. But I've seen two cyclists stopped and know another two who have been fined. Yet I see drivers put their foot down and get through a light that's just changed every other day.

I stopped 2 today, does that help ? Both are going to court as well.

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FluffyKittenofT... [1352 posts] 2 years ago
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stumps wrote:
robmcsween wrote:

That was daft of him. But how many motorists have you seen stopped after cutting a red light? Personally, not one. But I've seen two cyclists stopped and know another two who have been fined. Yet I see drivers put their foot down and get through a light that's just changed every other day.

I stopped 2 today, does that help ? Both are going to court as well.

I'm very glad to hear it! Any chance you could be cloned and stationed at every junction?  1

I see what robmcsween describes at pretty much every phase of most junctions, as a regular thing. "Amber" has completely lost its meaning.

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FluffyKittenofT... [1352 posts] 2 years ago
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The guy in the story does sound like a total berk, especially from Recumbenteer's description. Though somehow its hard to take it entirely seriously - a pedal-powered desperardo trying to recreate a movie car-chase on a bicycle!

I so hope he doesn't have a car.