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Carlisle dad fined for cycling with daughter on shoulders

A young dad has been fined after a court heard how he cycled along a busy Carlisle road with his young daughter perched on his shoulders.

Magistrates heard how a horrified police officer had spotted the man – who cannot be named for legal reasons – as he cycled “at high speed” along a path beside Wigton Road at just before 4.30pm on August 7. The man, in his 20s, appeared unsteady on his bike and neither he nor the child were wearing a safety helmet nor any protective clothing.

The child involved was pre-school age.

The case went before magistrates in Carlisle yesterday morning after the man pleaded not guilty to a single charge of dangerous cycling. The charge sheet described how the defendant was seen cycling quickly along the road with his left hand holding the handlebars while his right hand was seen clutching the child’s right leg.

During the trial, the man told magistrates he did not consider what he had done to be dangerous.

Magistrates found the man guilty of dangerous cycling and imposed a £55 fine, with a £20 victim surcharge. They ordered that he should pay £100 towards prosecution costs.

The man could not be identified by the News & Star because the court imposed an order preventing the identification of his child.

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It is a laugh a minute at some cyclists behaviour that seem to spoil the image for others. I seen a police car pull up two cyclists near the infirmary. They had no lights and the policeman obviously was checking ownership of bikes as they both had no lights (back and front legalities according to HC booklet in last century) and when he finished off they went with one crossing frontage of oncoming car, then cycling on pavements for safety with again no lights. This cycling on pavements at a fast pace even with bikes with disc brakes is scary as I walk my dogs and have on occasion almost been confronted unbeknown as I turned a corner to be met with speedy idiot on a bike. It is well known bikes running into dogs (on a leash) can kill them ... No Bike insurance v Hefty Dog insurance...... Fines are another laugh to constrain silly dangerous behaviour which should include some rather over speedy motorists before another cyclist in Carlisle is killed. Is a Penny farthing still legal to cycle on the road?

Posted by Royl on 11 December 2013 at 00:29

London road lights near Aldi a bike crossed the pedestrian crossing full speed, a child sitting on the handlebars going into the cut what if he hits one of the kids walking to school? via these cuts.

Posted by Carlisle kenny on 8 December 2013 at 23:20

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