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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

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 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 joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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