Bicycle accident leads to call for better road safety

Relatives of a pensioner killed in a bicycle accident have accused politicians of ignoring growing calls for improved road safety provision.

The family of Audrey Fyfe, 75, who died in August 2011 after being struck by a car, have also branded sentencing guidelines for drivers who kill “a joke”.

The comments come as the third annual Pedal on Parliament ride – a campaign for a cycle-friendly Scotland – was announced.

Mrs Fyfe’s daughter Linda Hamilton, 46, of Meadowbank, her sister Aileen Brown and their father Ian Fyfe, led 4000 demonstrators in the 2013 Pedal on Parliament ride.

“We’re now in our third year of Pedal on Parliament, and despite the fact that more and more people are backing the campaign every year, we seem to be getting lots of talk and very little action from politicians,” said Ms Hamilton. “They just don’t seem to be listening.”

Driving ban

Gary McCourt, who hit Mrs Fyfe, was banned from driving for five years and ordered to carry out 300 hours of community service after being convicted of causing her death.

In September 2013 the Crown Office lost an appeal against the “unduly lenient” sentence handed down to Mr McCourt, despite him having already been jailed for reckless driving after causing the death of another cyclist, George Dalgity, 22, in Edinburgh in 1985.

“The government keeps urging more people to use their bike to commute, but the fact is that most people don’t because it’s perceived as being dangerous,” commented Mr Fyfe.

“And it’s no wonder they feel that way when someone’s driving can cause the death of two innocent people and they can be back behind the wheel five years later. It’s a nonsense, an absolute joke. How can they call that justice?”

Pedal on Parliament 2014 will see thousands of cyclists hold a minute’s silence in the Meadows to remember those killed on Scotland’s roads, before riding down the Royal Mile in Edinburgh to call on politicians to support their manifesto for safer cycling.

Source: BBC News

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