Friday, 3 July 2009

Protest on the 1st anniversary of the death of local cyclist Anthony Maynard

Today (3 July) is the 1st anniversary of the death of local cyclist Anthony Maynard.

Anthony was cycling between Henley and Bix when he was struck from behind by a van driver who claimed in his defence that he didn't see Anthony.

Anthony was with another local cyclist who was seriously injured.

The Crown prosecution service decided not to prosecute the driver, and this decision has left any vehicle driver who kills a cyclist to simply say I didn't see him or her and get away scot free.

This is an outrageous decision, but there is no option to appeal. So left with no choice Reading Cycling club (of which Anthony was a long term member) are organising a protest outside the office of the Crown prosecution service at Eaton Court, 112 Oxford Road, Reading, Berkshire RG1 7LL.

The CPS offices are close to the town centre, at the very start of the Oxford Road:
The cycling club and friends of Anthony would like to invite any members of Reading Cycle Campaign to join us in this protest.

We will meet at 4 pm, and the protest will last about 10 minutes. Please come along, and spread the word.

Adrian Lawson,
Chair Reading Cycle Campaign

One way to post a warning and memorial is a Ghost Bikes; they are small and somber memorial for bicyclists who are killed or hit on the street. A bicycle is painted all white and locked to a street sign near the crash site, accompanied by a small plaque. They serve as reminders of the tragedy that took place on an otherwise anonymous street corner, and as quiet statements in support of cyclists' right to safe travel.

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