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Message from Alex Paxton 'I'm immensely grateful for the CDF's support, and of course all of you that have donated! Thank you very much indeed'

In August, Alex Paxton was issued with a fixed penalty notice (FPN) for failing to stop behind the Advanced Stop Line (ASL) at a set of traffic lights. He did not stop behind the line (i.e. in the cycle box) because a car was illegally positioned in the box. For his own safety he positioned himself ahead of the car, past the white line. A police officer witnessed this incident and radioed a colleague, who stopped Alex further down the road and gave him the FPN. This officer had not seen the alleged offence, so could not assess the greater risk Alex would have been in had he positioned himself behind the white line, and therefore did not accept Alex's justification of his actions. 

The Highway Code encourages cyclists to 'use cycle routes, advanced stop lines, cycle boxes and toucan crossings unless at the time is it unsafe to do so'. Alex's adoption of a safer position is therefore entirely justified.  

There have been several cases recently of cyclists being given on the spot fines for stopping in front of ASLs, despite there not being room in the box because a car has taken the space. 

Alex wants to contest the FPN and CDF has decided to fund the legal challenge in a bid to create a precedent that will hopefully stop future spurious fines being given out by police officers. 

Any funds raised in excess of the £2000 this challenge is expected to cost will be used to support other legal challenges that defend the rights of cyclists.

Thank you for your support.

Updates 4

I'm pleased to say the CPS have now dropped the prosecution. Happy Christmas everyone!

20/12/13 17:07

The case will be heard at Lavender Hill Magistrates' Court on Wednesday 16 October. Fingers crossed!

14/10/13 11:24

message from Alex Paxton 'I'm immensely grateful to the CDF for their support, and of course all of you that have donated! Thank you very much indeed.'

13/09/13 14:58

Wow! Thank you all for your incredible support! We'll be leaving this page open for a bit longer and any monies raised over the £2000 target will be used to support other legal challenges in the future.

09/09/13 18:01

Raising money for

Cyclists' Defence Fund

Cyclists' Defence Fund

Charity Registration No. 1108037

The Cyclists’ Defence Fund was formed to fight significant legal cases involving cycling and cyclists, but its remit has since been broadened to cover all aspects of cycling and the law.

Donations 223

Read about this page via the CTC magazine. Please keep it open for a few more weeks. How did the case go?

Donation by James Avery on 08/12/13

£10.00

I have had to stop outside the ASL countless times. This FPN was spiteful and counter-productive.

Donation by JP Coetzee on 03/11/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

I am fully behind this challenge.

Donation by Anthony Gilmour on 18/10/13

£100.00

+ £25.00 Gift Aid

Good luck hope you win!!!

Donation by Anonymous on 18/10/13

£2.00

+ £0.50 Gift Aid

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A very worthy cause. Best of luck.

Donation by Carine Guenand on 18/10/13

£10.00

Admire the stance !

Donation by Anonymous on 16/10/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good Luck!

Donation by Hugh Potts on 15/10/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 15/10/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Good luck! The law should be protecting cyclists, not making their life more dangerous.

Donation by Saamah Abdallah on 15/10/13

£5.00

+ £1.25 Gift Aid

Sorry it's not much (that's why I have to cycle). Good luck. I hope you set a legal precedent and help make cycling safer for all.

Donation by Anonymous on 15/10/13

£2.50

+ £0.63 Gift Aid

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The very best of luck!

Donation by James Lyons on 15/10/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

good luck!

Donation by Johannes on 15/10/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Good luck. On my daily commute I frequently find ASBs filled up with all sorts - vans, cars, motorcycles but not, alas, cyclists!

Donation by Anonymous on 15/10/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Best of luck

Donation by Anonymous on 15/10/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Best of luck

Donation by Anonymous on 15/10/13

Donation by jon cotton on 01/10/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

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Good luck. Something I have to do every week because a car is stopped in the ASL.

Donation by Anonymous on 21/09/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 19/09/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 19/09/13

Good work and thanks for taking a stand on behalf of all cyclists

Donation by Stuart Bailey on 18/09/13

£20.00

+ £5.00 Gift Aid

Good Luck.

Donation by Podgethepuffer on 18/09/13

£20.00

Donation by Anonymous on 18/09/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Jon Malcolm on 18/09/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

I would very much like to see you win this - especially if the motorist was not fined for occupying the ASL

Donation by Ben Willcocks on 16/09/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation by Anonymous on 15/09/13

£10.00

+ £2.50 Gift Aid

Donation summary

  • * Online donations£2,464.50
  • Offline donations£0.00
  • Text donations£215.00
  • Total raised£2,679.50
  • Gift Aid£145.38

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