Monday, 30 January 2012

Biggest Cause of Cycle Accidents?

As well as government data detailing all accidents on the UK roads from the past few years, the Levenes Cycle Accident map displays accidents and their details where we have represented the injured cyclist.

The most frequent cause of injury in the cases where we have helped a cyclist claim compensation has been when a vehicle has pulled out of side road into the path of a cyclist.

Thursday, 26 January 2012

Tim's Cycling Diary Part 2 - Fat Balls & Wind...

Clearly the weather gods had read Part 1 of this blog last week. So he doesn’t like wind eh? We’ll show him...Little did I know what I was facing. I set off to try the outer circle number 11 bus A4040 route around Birmingham on Sunday, this time going clockwise. The weather was calm for the first 30 minutes or so which was sneaky. Then suddenly the wind got up and it was a nightmare. I could have turned back at that point, but I was feeling stubborn.

Wednesday, 18 January 2012

Tim's Cycling Diary Part 1 - Bonked on Le Tour de Birmingham!

Dudley Road, City Road junction of the Outer Circle
My new year’s resolution was to get out on the bike more but the weather had other ideas. My uncle always says that there is no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes. I agree with him most of the time, he used to work in a coal mine years ago so he knows about these things. Rain I can live with, but wind is another thing. We hear so much about the delights of cycling in the Netherlands. Funny that. They have no hills to speak of but they do have the North Sea. Anyway, I digress - back to the wind. If you can remember the first week of January, it was windy, very windy and I wimped out. I did go to the gym but it’s not the same.

Tuesday, 17 January 2012

Our Helpful Reply to TfL's Helpful Email to Cyclists

Just received the following email from those thoughtful Transport for London people with some suggestions for cyclists...

Dear Mr Cyclist,

I am writing to both cyclists and drivers to remind them to take care on London’s roads.
Ok. Good. I expect to see advice for both cyclists and drivers in this email then...

Tuesday, 10 January 2012

As Easy as Riding a Bike? Dawn Foster's Fully Justified Safety Concerns On London's Roads

I've just read Dawn Foster's excellent open letter to the Mayor of London on why she is giving up cycling in the city. In short, a very experienced cyclist who used to cycle on 30 miles of busy roads a day, no longer feels safe cycling on the streets of London. Dawn mentions three areas on her latest commute that have led to her to give up cycling. The Elephant and Castle roundabout, Blackfriars Bridge and Kings Cross.

Looking at the map of cycling accidents in those three areas, you'd be hard pressed to find anyone who could disagree with the three sites Dawn has picked out for criticism.

Each one of the dots below is an accident involving a cyclist between 2005 and 2010.
Click on any one of the maps below to browse the area in full.
You can read the full letter by Dawn on her blog here.

Elephant and Castle - 50+ Accidents

Blackfriars Bridge - 30+ Accidents

Kings Cross Area - 50+ Accidents

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