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Father of boy in coma for 4 months talks to students

Teenager Ryan Smith Credit: ITV Central

The father of Lincolnshire schoolboy Ryan Smith, who was left in a coma for four months after a cycling accident, will talk to students later about the importance of wearing a helmet.

Mark Smith has petitioned to force cyclists to wear a helmet, but was unsuccessful in getting MPs to bring in tougher new rules.

Ryan Smith was 16 when he was knocked off his bike riding to his summer job in Grantham. He woke up from his coma in November four months after his accident.

Improvements to cycle routes due before council cabinet

The Green Routes plan is part of the Birmingham Cycle Revolution Credit: Chris Radburn/PA

A package of improvements to cycling routes in parks and river valleys in Birmingham is due before the city council's cabinet today.

The £1.7million Green Routes plan is part of the wider Birmingham Cycle Revolution project.

It comes a month after councillors approved improvements to 30km of canal towpaths.


National Cyclo-Cross Championships come to Derby

Around 700 cyclists will compete in Derby this weekend Credit: DAVID STOCKMAN/Belga/Press Association Images

The National Cyclo-Cross Championships is being held in Derby this weekend.

The first race will start at 09:30am at Moorways Sports Centre on Moor Lane.

There will be around 700 cyclists competing in nine different races across the weekend.

Birmingham could become a better city for cyclists

Birmingham's canals could become cycle friendly Credit: Katja Ogrin/EMPICS Entertainment

Birmingham's canal network could become more cycle friendly if £6.3 million of improvements are approved by the city council's cabinet today.

The proposals form part of the wider Birmingham Cycle Revolution project - which won £17 million of funding from the government in August this year.

Cycle safety event in Derby

Cyclists and lorry drivers are in Derby today to learn how they can stay safe on the roads.

Here a display shows how easy it is for a cyclist to slip into a lorry's blind spot Credit: ITV News Central
And here a young cyclist gets a demonstration of what a lorry driver can and cannot see from the wheel Credit: ITV News Central
Joe Oakley in action Credit: ITV News Central
The event is taking place in the shadow of the impressive new velodrome taking shape in Derby Credit: ITV News Central


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