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UK Cyclists’ Touring Club Demands Action Against Reckless Drivers

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SURREY, UK (19 May 2000)–The Cyclists’ Touring Club (CTC) of the UK has demanded tougher action against drivers responsible for cyclists’ deaths. The move comes following the death of Bruce Bursford, a cyclist who held 10 world records. Bursford was killed by a truck when training. The driver admits he was distracted by his mobile […]

SURREY, UK (19 May 2000)–The Cyclists’ Touring Club (CTC) of the UK has demanded tougher action against drivers responsible for cyclists’ deaths. The move comes following the death of Bruce Bursford, a cyclist who held 10 world records. Bursford was killed by a truck when training. The driver admits he was distracted by his mobile phone and is to be prosecuted for driving without due care and attention. A week ago however, after questioning the coroner the authorities recorded a verdict of accident death. The CTC claims the reluctance of authorities to hold drivers responsible for cyclists’ deaths on the road is typical of their failure to take cyclists’ safety seriously. “The verdict is outrageous and Mr. Bursford’s death should have been treated as an unlawful killing” said Stuart Reid, CTC Campaigns and Policy Manager. “The accident took place on a clear day and the truck driver had plenty of time to see and avoid him without putting him in any danger. Those with a duty to protect are clearly refusing to value cyclists’ lives and their right to ride. They must take immediate action to eliminate the hazards to cyclists other road users are creating.” CycleSafe will soon be launched and will demand that local authorities, the police and judiciary use their powers to protect cyclists. It will raise awareness and give practical advice to engineers and transport planners. The CTC is the UK’s largest cycling organization with 70,000 members/affiliates. (JW)

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