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...

Cycle to the Lane

it’s exactly two years since i first suggested to Spurs that the way to tackle the transport nightmare awaiting them when they open their swanky new ground in August 2018 is to encourage their fans to cycle to the ground. Since then , dockless hire bikes have exploded in the capital making this idea even more feasible. Lots to work on in the next six...

Alliston Case

Charlie Alliston was sentenced today to 18 months for ‘wanton and furious’ cycling resulting in the tragic death of a pedestrian Mrs Kim Briggs. Alliston was rightly jailed in my view but this sentence does not remotely compare with the laughably lenient sentences handed out to motorists over the years who kill / seriously injure my cyclist clients. A few points on the licence and a small fine is routinely what happens but this is only after a traumatic trial and if the police/CPS can be bothered to prosecute. Often a motorist is able to plead guilty by post and doesn’t even have to face the...

Chetwynd and York,NW5.

Difficult time at present , dad’s close to passing in a hospice in Hampstead after being in the Whittington Hospital in nearby Highgate since mid June.One of the only chinks of light has been the cycle trips to and from ,particularly since he’s been in Hampstead. The hills to climb on the leafy backstreets in Dartmouth Park and Hampstead have been quite a tester. A ”sweet spot” has been the junction of Chetwynd Road and York Rise in NW5,it’s in a valley, the kind of junction I love discovering by bike,nice looking pub, Dartmouth Park Arms , vets , coffee shop,fishmongers, enough economic activity to make it a crossroads to visit and do business , even though it’s the meeting of two backstreets. A lovely spot in this great...

Dunwich here we come !

Tonight will be the fourth time I’m joining 1000 or so others in London Fields at 7ish to begin the 120 mile cycle through the night to the beach in Dunwich. It never loses its appeal . Essex through the night , Suffolk in the dawn …Last year there were 3 of us , tonight 6 , maybe next year, 12 ! One of the things I love about the DD is there’s no bureaucracy, no passwords , no wristbands , there isn’t even a map! Just rock up and cycle away. And don’t forget your swimming...

Submission to APPCG Justice Enquiry

My name is Kevin O’Sullivan and I am a personal injury lawyer of 25 years experience. For the last 15 years I have almost exclusively represented cyclists in cases arising from road accidents, mostly in London. Injuries have ranged from cuts and bruises to those of the utmost severity, severe brain damage, multiple orthopaedic injuries, serious scarring cases (from going under a HGV) and significant psychiatric consequences – many of my clients refuse to cycle again after a serious accident. I’ve personally conducted two inquests for tragic cyclist fatalaties and appear regularly in the media on cycling law. In January 2016, I set up the UK’s first ever law firm that acts just for cyclists, Cycle Legal. Although I am a civil lawyer, a central part of every cycling personal injury case is to closely monitor a police investigation and prosecution, and support my client throughout this lengthy process, although I have no direct involvement since it is of course a matter of the state against the defendant driver and my client is a witness for the prosecution. I will restrict most of my comments to criminal justice, since in my long experience, this is the subject that cyclists care about most greatly, whether criminal justice is served after they have been the victim of a road accident, rather than the financial outcome of any civil case. Criminal justice ,moreover,is where I consider most change should take place for cyclists in the legal system. I will be forwarding to the committee the contact details of clients of mine who have agreed to be contacted and, indeed,wish to speak to...

Another bike stolen!

I can’t help but feel some personal responsibility for this one. It was Xmas Eve and it usually falls to me to join the butchers’ queue on Church Street. I parked my bike outside The Spence. Once the turkey arrived (after an hour of a queue ), I knew it wouldn’t fit in the panniers and it was a walk home. I couldn’t manage all my stuff together and so left the bike. With all the Xmas hysteria at home I didn’t think of what I was missing and didn’t think till 3 mornings later when I put a bin in the bike shed and saw it missing, cue a depressing walk to Church Street to find no bicycle. boo hoo indeed! The last time this happened to me, (6 months ago ) I discovered that a racing bike suits me far better than a hybrid and I’m determined to find a positive in this one too, not sure what it will be yet! … picking up new bike on...