punishing climbs !

My sister has three weeks ago given birth to a baby girl, hooray!, and lives on the Friern Barnet side of Muswell Hill. This is one serious amount of hilly cycling . On the way back to Stoke Newington, I counted two stiff climbs, one up Colney Hatch Lane and a stiffer up Crouch Hill , but on the way there… it’s like training for the Tour De France ! Makes you feel so alive and reminds me of work to do on my fitness levels . Nice baby too...

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...

Victory at Central London County Court !

After 5 years of litigation , we settled a case at the court door on Monday . My client, a secondary school teacher , could not pursue his hobby of football refereeing and our case was that he may have gone on to do this professionally. A particular outrage was that the defendants raised dishonesty without any basis whatsover. Because there have been cases where dishonest claimants have lost and had to pay the defendants’ legal costs, the opposition are trying it on where they have no evidence for it in our opinion. This case is not the only one where we have experienced this.A great win for a completely honest cyclist with a lifelong knee...

Cycle to the Lane

Excited about meeting with George Parkinson of Spurs tomorrow am at the Spurs ground to discuss our campaign to ENABLE ,not encourage , Spurs fans to cycle to the new ground when it opens in September. We still retain our ambition to have hundreds of hire bikes outside Seven Sisters and Tottenham Hale stations in time for the first home game. Will be talking to Ofo tomorrow after I meet with Spurs. They still need to agree terms with Haringey Council but nothing like the start of the new season to focus minds…  ...

Great wins for cyclists

We have celebrated several wins for cyclists at Cycle Legal in recent months, a settlement for a lady’s broken foot from a lorry turning left (ltl) after a long running denial ; a 25% win close to a liability only trial for a client who was accused by a witness of going on to the pedestrian refuge while crossing a junction; a mighty win on a severe brain injury case a week from a two day High Court trial where we went from a blank denial for 3 years , expert engineering evidence to look at bus cctv , a 75/25 offer in our favour, a 90/10 offer a month from trial and then eventually , they completely folded. Exhausting but so rewarding to win it for the client who, like so many head injured cyclists, cannot recall the accident. That case deserves an article on its own(!) of which more...

CYCLE TO THE LANE

DID A TALK AT THE HACKNEY CYCLING CONFERENCE ABOUT OUR CYCLE TO THE LANE CAMPAIGN TO ENCOURAGE MORE SPURS FANS TO CYCLE TO THE NEW GROUND. IT WAS REALLY POSITIVE AND THE FEEDBACK WAS BRILLIANT,MANY SAYING THEY’D NEVER THOUGHT OF FOOTBALL AND MUSIC FANS CYCLING TO EVENTS.NEED TO WORK NOW WITH DOCKLESS HIRE BIKE PROVIDERS SINCE HARINGEY DON’T HAVE AN AGREEMENT IN PLACE.OFO SPONSORED THE EVENT SO MADE A COUPLE OF CONTACTS THERE…GREAT...