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.
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.