Birmingham Cycle Show 2012
Levenes Cycle Injury Solicitors spent the 4 days of the cycle show talking to the cycling faithful in attendance. We talked about our free to use Interactive Accident Map and how it is a tool for individual cyclists that can help identify junctions or roads on the commute to work that might need extra care or avoiding altogether.
Or for cycle groups and campaigners who want to know where cycle accidents happen in their area, a quick glance at the map will show you if there is a particular junction or road with an inordinate number of accidents. As the map uses official government data, it can be used in campaigns and presented to local press, councils and road planners for something to be done. It’s based on the familiar Google Maps and you can zoom right in on street view to see close up what might be going wrong.
We had many lively discussions about bad drivers, bad cycle lanes and bad councils that pay lip service to promoting cycling whilst they do nothing really concrete to improve things. For the most part, the people we spoke to cycle regularly on our roads and they know what happens on the streets of Hull, Leeds, Manchester, Birmingham, London…..What is pleasing is that things appear to be gradually changing for the better, people are not put off and remain firmly in the saddle.
We also gave away our Cycle Accident Card to anyone who wanted one. It’s no bigger than a credit card but gives practical advice on what to do after an accident. There’s room to write down key details such as the name address and registration number of the other driver. One bit of advice that we were able to give out many times was the importance of getting the vehicle registration. If you can get it even if that’s all you can get, we can find out if the car was insured and who the keeper of the vehicle might be. That is often enough to get the claim under way.