The police investigative process is beleaguered by government cuts, the Crown Prosecution Service’s decision making on charges against drivers is disappointingly ineffectual and the sentencing powers available to the courts are feeble.
For example, one of Cyce Legal’s current clients almost lost an arm and suffered a brain injury and the penalty for the driver was a £350 fine and 7 points; this cannot be allowed to continue. Although the sentence passed by the Magistrates Court against the driver was paltry, civil liability has been fully admitted by the insurer and Cycle Legal is gathering the evidence for a substantial settlement to give the client the best future possible.
Cycle Legal have made a submission to the ongoing All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group (APPCG) Inquiry into Criminal Justice for Cyclists and continue to press for crucial changes in this area.
Tottenham Hotspur Football Club (THFC) is currently rebuilding its ground for the 2018-19 season. This will result in the stadium capacity almost doubling from the current 35,000 to 60,000.
The transport in N17 is struggling as it is and Cycle Legal has been lobbying the club to encourage cycling as a means of reaching the ground, both via the River Lea and through THFC hire bikes from Seven Sisters and Tottenham Hale.
This has already been a success — Spurs have completely changed the focus on the transport section of their website from motor to cycle traffic, but there is much more to do to try to head off transport chaos when the new ground is opened.
The brainchild of Ken Livingstone and implemented by Boris Johnson, the hire-bike scheme has been a massive success, opening up two-wheeled possibilities for Londoners and tourists alike.
Cycle Legal has been pushing for the scheme to be expanded across London as was originally envisaged by Ken Livingstone. At present It only extends as far north as Camden and Islington, completely missing out the busy hubs of Finsbury Park, Dalston Junction, Archway and Hackney Central.
Cycle Legal have written to Santander and TFL, and we have already seen some success with the scheme being extended to Stratford, as proposed in our correspondence. Now we’d like to see the campaign going further and will continue to engage with the relevant organisations in an effort to move this forward.