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Van driven too close to cycling pair, court is told

A judge has questioned the
A judge has questioned the "safe practice" of cyclists riding side-by-side on roads

By Staff Reporter

A judge has questioned the "safe practice" of cyclists riding side-by-side on roads.

He made the comments at Dungannon Magistrates' Court in a case involving two cyclists who claim a van driver came "dangerously close" as they travelled in a pair.

Patrick John Kelly (51), of Pomeroy Road, Dungannon, is willing to accepts his driving was careless, but he disputes it was dangerous.

The court heard around 18 cyclists were taking part in a charity cycle from Pomeroy to Dongahmore on July 22 last year.

Kelly is alleged to have passed so close to a cyclist that he wobbled, within a wing mirror allegedly coming with two inches of another rider.

One cyclist described "riding in tight pairs as safe practice", but District Judge John Meehan asked: "Is it safe practice?"

The prosecutor replied it was, but the judge said: "I don't agree. The safest practice is single file."

The case was adjourned until next month.

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