Cyclist in Russia who hit pothole gets fined for damaging it

Andrei Chikin, who was left bruised after his crash, successfully appealed the penalty

A cyclist in Russia who was left bruised after he hit a pothole was fined by police … for damaging it.

The unfortunate rider was thrown from his bike as he cycled home from work last November in Penza, around 400 miles southeast of Moscow, reports Lenta.ru.

The pothole was covered in snow, and the impact resulted in three spokes of the bike’s front wheel being broken, as well as the rear mech.

The cyclist, Andrei Chikin, did not wait for traffic police to arrive because it was too cold, and instead made a diagram showing where the crash had happened, together with details of witnesses, which he took to the local council.

But he was summoned by police to give an explanation and fined 800 Roubles, equivalent to £9, after being found guilty of “violation of traffic rules by a person in charge of a bicycle” under part 2 of Article 12.29 of the Administrative Code of the Russian Federation.

Chikin appealed the fine, saying he had not created any danger or impeded traffic and highlighting that there were no road works near the pothole.

Olga Ivashinka of the Oktyabrsky District Court confirmed to Lente.ru that “the proceedings of the case were terminated due to the insignificance of the offence.”

The council was reported to have subsequently repaired the pothole.

Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.

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