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...