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Ride for Hope

Time: September 21, 2013 from 11:30am to 3pm
Location: Highbury Park
Website or Map: https://www.facebook.com/even…
Event Type: kings, heath, mass
Organized By: david.cherry
Latest Activity: Mar 17

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Event Description

On September 18th this year, Hope Fennell should have turned 15 years of age. Yet she will never enjoy another birthday, as she was killed on Kings Heath High St travelling home from school on her bike in November 2011. Her bike went under the wheels of an 18 tonne truck, driven by Darren Foster. Foster had driven across Birmingham sending texts to his girlfriend. Distracted, he pulled away in his truck, not noticing Hope in front of him. Rather than taking any responsibility for his actions, he sat in the... cab of his truck, callously attempting to delete his texts and to cover his tracks. After 2 years of agony for Hope's family, in which Foster has repeatedly changed his plea, he has just been sentenced- receiving a derisory prison term of six months, of which he is likely to serve no more than 3. Nothing has changed. Trucks continue to roll down the High St at all hours of day and night, as our children try to find their way home. And driver after driver can be witnessed on the High St using their mobile phones, without the slightest regard to the safety of other road users. We've had enough. So at 11.30 on Saturday, September 21st, we will be meeting at the entrance of Highbury Park to walk, ride and process up the High St, sending the message to Birmingham City Council and to the Courts that our children's lives are worth much more, and that we are not prepared to sit back and wait for another avoidable tragedy caused by another driver's arrogance and selfishness. Please join us.

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Comment by Robert on September 11, 2013 at 7:58

I've publicised the event on childhoodfreedom.com.

Comment by Robert on September 12, 2013 at 11:21

Now being publicised by the road safety charity, Brake ;)

Comment by Savlona on September 18, 2013 at 19:12

Has the ride been cleared by the police? If not, my husband might look after the boys whilst I go.

Comment by Robert on September 19, 2013 at 9:22

It would be nice to see children on the ride, Savlona, as this ride is largely about them.   Riding a bike along Kings Heath high street doesn't require permission from the police.   There were children on the flashride, and they were riding their own bikes.   It was great to see adults who didn't know each other working together to shepherd the children around delights such as Paradise Circus.

Comment by Savlona on September 19, 2013 at 9:57

We'll all go then -my husband was just a bit concerned we might be breaking public assembly laws...

Comment by david.cherry on September 19, 2013 at 11:39

There are a number of rights and regulations that pertain to peaceful protestors. These rights include:

  • The right to assemble and protest on the public highway without permission from the police, council or other authorities.
  • Protestors are not committing any crime as long as they are peaceful and do not use violence or threatening behaviour
  • Protestors can assemble on the public highway as long as they do not completely block rights of way
  • Trespassing on private land without permission is not a criminal offence
  • Protestors can be removed from private land forcibly but should not be arrested unless they have used intimidation or aggravation
  • Peaceful protests are not unlawful providing conduct is kept reasonable

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