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Published: 18 November 2001

Updated: 19 November 2014

A quick look around the crazy world of biking

America:

A grandma has been convicted of embezzling £800,000 from the firm she worked at as an accountant. The 57-year old spent the cash, collected over a four-year period, on slot machines, a Cadillac, a van and a Harley-Davidson.

Home:

A transsexual magician has lost her right to ride a battery-powered scooter without insurance. A judge ruled that Fay Presto’s vehicle could not be classed as an electrically-assisted bicycle, but was a " powered conveyance " instead.

Italy:

Riders who wear a helmet are being offered free pizzas. Traffic wardens in Acerra are handing out vouchers to reward law-abiding youngsters. It’s the idea of Mayor Michelangelo Riemma, who said: " I will do everything I can to get young citizens to wear a helmet. " Lids are compulsory, but few teenagers wear them.

Malaysia:

Blood banks in Johor are running short because the supplies are being used up treating youths injured in illegal motorcycle racing. More than 4000 litres of blood a year is being used to fill up riders.

Mexico:

Next time your mates call your bike a pile of junk, just show them the bike pictured on the right – it actually is. Made of bits found in scrapyards, it is currently being shown in a museum of Folk Art in Mexico.

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