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...

“Axe Roadhumps to Save Lives”

So goes the headline in a newspaper this am,but this isn’t what NICE are proposing in response to air pollution. They ARE saying that cars slowing down and then speeding up is bad for air pollution.I’m sure NICE are aware of how manylives have been saved by speedhumps and how they make our cities so much more liveable by slowing down motor traffic. As a cyclist ,I ‘m sure I’m not alone in preferring the speedhumps with gaps rather than the unbroken ones and it occurred to me that these might go down better with NICE and motorists too. Cars wouldn’t have to slow down and speed up so abruptly ,and this would make for cleaner...

Hire bike scheme great for a one way trip !

It occurred to me some time ago that the hire bike scheme (on which I’m campaigning to be fully extended into zone 2, more of that another time) is perfect when you’re only going one way by bicycle. Last night, I was at a presentation at my son’s school in Pimlico and knew me and him would tube it back home afterwards. Perfect trip for a hire bike so I didn’t have to park my regular bike up there overnight. Especially since I had a bike nicked only a few months ago and bike thieves love the cover of darkness. Tonight, I’m meeting some old friends in Smithfield for a couple of drinks, same story; will be taking the bus home so it’s a hire bike to Smithfield. Will contact Santander to suggest they mention this in their publicity. In fact, do they do anything to sell the scheme? One way trips would be a good place to...

ACCIDENT – TULSE HILL (A204) / TULSE HILL ESTATE

Cycle Accident Claim – Tulse Hill, South London After a car pulled out of a side road without due care, it forces the cyclist to lose control and cause both damage and injury. Kevin O’Sullivan dealt with the claim on behalf of the cyclist and made a claim against the car driver. The cyclist suffered injuries, including grazing/road rash all down the left hand side of their body. Details of Cycle Accident Whilst cycling in Tulse Hill (A204), the cyclist approached the driveway leading to Tulse Hill Estate when a car pulled out from the driveway and right in front of the cyclist and attempted to turn right. The claimant could not prevent an accident from happening, although tried to avoid the collision. Kevin O’Sullivan, Cycle Legal main solicitor, successfully made a claim against the car driver who used the incident. This is the testimonial from the cyclist following the claim payout. I just want to thank you for your help with this matter. I’m delighted with the settlement that you’ve helped achieve for me, but in addition I’ve been impressed with the efficiency and speed with which you’ve handled everything. It’s been a pleasure to deal with you and I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend your services to anyone requiring...
Cycle Accident Claim – Hillmarton Road & Parkhurst Road, London

Cycle Accident Claim – Hillmarton Road & Parkhurst Road, London

Cycle Accident Details Whilst waiting at a ‘Give Way’ line, the cyclist was suddenly hit from behind by a bus pulling up to the junction with Hillmarton Road and Parkhurst Road. Injuries Incurred from Cycle Accident The client suffered tissue injury to their hand, cuts and grazes to knees and left thigh and suffered from a sore lower back. Bicycle Incident Report At 10:30am the client, a cyclist, pulled up at the ‘Give Way’ road markings at the junction of Hillmarton Road and Parkhurst Road. Whilst waiting for traffic to clear, her bicycle was suddenly hit from behind by a bus. Shocked, the client fell from her bicycle and ended up underneath the bus. She then managed to crawl to safety. The client called the police who advised her to exchange details with the bus driver as they would not be attending the scene. The client later reported the accident at a police station. Kevin O’Sullivan acted for the injured...