Cyclist wins road blocking appeal

Daniel Cadden, 25, was convicted of blocking a road in Telford, Shropshire, by riding in the middle of his lane.

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Published January 26, 2007 by BBC News 

Daniel Cadden, 25, was convicted of blocking a road in Telford, Shropshire, by riding in the middle of his lane.

Police said cars were having to illegally cross double white lines to overtake him. He was fined £100.

Today, a judge at Shrewsbury Crown Court overruled the conviction saying Mr Cadden, of Aqueduct, Telford, had every right to be on the road.

'No compulsion'

The incident took place in September 2005 on the B5072 West Centre Way in Telford.

Prosecutors had argued that Mr Cadden could have used a cycle path which was on the other side of the road.

But Judge Robin Onions said there was no compulsion that a cyclist should use the path.

Mr Cadden was supported by the Cyclists' Touring Club of which Mr Cadden is a member.

After the case spokesman Roger Geffen said: This ruling is a tremendous victory, both for Daniel Cadden personally and for all the cyclists whose donations to the Cyclists' Defence Fund have helped support this case."