Cycling Safety

Kezia is a longstanding champion of safer roads for cyclists, as she knows that in order to get more people enjoying the health and environmental benefits of cycling, cyclists must feel safe on our roads.

That’s why she was delighted to join thousands of other cyclists calling for action on cycling safety at this year’s Pedal on Parliament, where she rode with Edinburgh South MP Ian Murray on a tandem bicycle. Kezia fully supports the Pedal on Parliament manifesto, which can be found here.

Like many her of her constituents, Kezia was very concerned by the unduly lenient sentence given to Gary McCourt, who was in April found guilty of causing a cyclist’s death by reckless driving for the second time, and receieved only three hundred hours community service and a five year driving ban. Following the sentencing, which the Cyclists Touring Club called “scandalous” and has prompted the victim’s family to lodge a complaint with the Procurator Fiscal Service, Kezia has heard from cyclists who say they feel unprotected by the courts, and that threats to their safety are not being treated seriously enough. That’s why she has written to Justice Secretary Kenny MacAskill asking him whether he believes Gary McCourt’s sentence should be reviewed, and what action he intends to take to ensure  that cyclists’ safety is treated with seriousness it demands.

The Response from the Cabinet Secretary for Justice is available in the Mailroom facility as well as on Scribd.

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