Cycle boxes need the same legal status of yellow box junctions,Carla Roman… .

Yesterday , the HGV driver was sentenced to 15 months for Carla’s death by careless driving which he denied.What stands out in this case is that the driver freely admitted that he occupied the cycle box deliberately, so that he ”wouldn’t be swarmed by cyclists .” This shows in my view how much the motorists’ mindset needs to change, in the way that drink driving was once socially acceptable. It’s still acceptable socially for motorists to ignore cycle boxes which as the judge said in Karla’s case, are specifically there to protect cyclists, not to make driving easier for HGV drivers ! It occurred to me last night that changing the legal status of cycle boxes to put them on a par with yellow box junctions is one thing we can fight for, in memory of Karla. Drivers avoid box junctions like the plague since they know it’s an automatic fine, well this same status on cycle boxes would change their behaviour regarding cyclists, and the green boxes could do what they were designed to do, protect and save the lives of cyclists...

Dalston hit and run

Saw the very sad news last night that the pedestrian involved in a collision with a cyclist on an ebike in Dalston over a week ago has died. I had been following the story in the hope that she would make it but sadly not. These incidents of pedestrians being injured or killed by a cyclist are so rare and are massively outweighed by incidents of cyclists and indeed pedestrians being injured or killed by motorists. If only the media reporting was more balanced ! I wrote a piece for the Hackney Gazette this week in an attempt to redress the balance slightly and point out that motorists are by far the greatest perpetrators of hit and runs on vulnerable road users. Charlie Alliston almost became public enemy number one and I hope that this chap doesn’t suffer a similar fate....

Hackney Marshes and the Olympic Park

Being able to walk 15 minutes to work or cycle it in 5 minutes is a lovely position to be in. A slight downside for me is not being able to enjoy the workout of a more demanding cycle ride. Partly as a result , my lady and I have taken to cycling east to the Marshes and the Olympic Park.For me, it’s that moment when I cross Clapton Pond and start on Millfields Road that I start to feel free.I’m sure i’m not imagining the wind in my face that is already coming off the River Lea .The feeling of space once we arrive at the Marshes at Cow Bridge, wide open green , is wonderful . The Olympic Park is just a short ride down the towpath, and feels like another planet , it always does to me and mostly in a good way, it’s the space again, so unlike most of London. Even deckchairs out yesterday. the Olympics were over six years ago of course and I don’t really know the Park anything like i’d like.The wide open roads are great for riding and exploring around and the Velopark is perfect for training on , a mate introduced me to it when preparing for the Dunwich Dynamo in 2017. 23 degrees and a blinding lunch at The Breakfast Club helped with it all too...

Dalston hit and run

Impossible really for this case in the last 24 hours (cyclist hits pedestrian in Dalston and flees the scene )not to give me mixed feelings. I have dealt with so many hit and run cases for cyclists over the years and have several ongoing at present. I always do. Cyclists (and pedestrians ) are disproportionately the victims of hit and runs , so many of which happen after dark when it is easier to flee and there are fewer witnesses around. I awoke today to the news that the cyclist has handed himself into the police which is great although it was probably only a matter of time before he was located because the image was so strong. The media love a cyclist v pedestrian story as they did with the Charlie Alliston case and I expect this will assist the campaign for laws to update the ‘ furious and wanton cycling’ charge. This has also happened on my doorstep , the bike was found dumped a 10 minute walk from where I live. I hope the media reporting is as fair as it can be and have more faith in the Hackney Gazette and the Standard than I do the...

Death by dangerous cycling ? Really ?

Government proposals to introduce a dangerous cycling law just show how lop sided their priorities are .450 pedestrians killed on UK roads in 2016 and 3 of them by cyclists.Yes, a law that describes ‘wanton and furious cycling’ is clearly a law for another time and needs updating but it’s cyclists who need more protection, just as much as pedestrians do . They  are far more likely to be the victim than the perpetrator. Recent fine work on the ‘close pass’ by West Midlands police shows just how vulnerable a cyclist is every day.Just one false move by a motorist and a cyclist is dead or seriously hurt. There’s a hierarchy of vulnerability on our roads , pedestrians especially kids and the elderly , are at the top. Cyclists are a very close...