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New campaign to protect road cyclists

Kate Burge

Safe Cycling Isle of Man set up in memory of Kate Burge

'Protect cyclists in law' - that's the message from a new campaign being launched today (Wednseday, July 22).

Safe Cycling Isle of Man has been set up by family members of Kate Burge who was killed in a road traffic collision in Kirk Michael last year.

Sixty-three-year-old Linda Thompson, from Sulby, admitted causing the death by careless or inconsiderate driving - she was sentenced to a suspended 18 month prison sentence at Douglas Courthouse today.

She's also been banned from driving for three years.

The safer cycling campaign wants to see a law introducting a minimum safe passing distance of cyclists by Tynwald.

Campaign leader Sean McLachlan says the Island wouldn't be the first place to have such legislation:

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