Press Release

Charlie Alliston case

Here is Cycling UK's response in full to the case of Charlie Alliston, 20, a cyclist who knocked over Kim Briggs resulting in her death in east London last year. Alliston was cleared of her manslaughter, but he was found guilty of causing bodily harm by "wanton or furious driving".

Duncan Dollimore, Cycling UK Head of Advocacy and Campaigns said:

"Riding a fixed wheel bicycle on busy roads without a front brake is illegal, stupid, and endangers other road users especially pedestrians. Charlie Alliston's actions had tragic consequences for Kim Briggs' family, and it was entirely right that this led to his prosecution.

"The fact that he has been convicted of an offence dating back to legislation from 1861, drafted in archaic language, will doubtless lead some to argue that the laws on irresponsible cycling should be aligned with the laws on irresponsible driving. The reality is that the way in which the justice system deals with mistakes, carelessness, recklessness and deliberately dangerous behaviour by all road users has long been in need of review. 

"In 2014 the Government acknowledged this when announcing a full review of all motoring offences and penalties, but then waited three years to launch a limited consultation last year which closed six months ago, with silence ever since.

"To ensure that there is consistency with charging decisions, and with how dangerous behaviour on or roads is dealt with, it is vital that the Government ends the delay, and gets on with the wide scale review that politicians from all sides, victims' families and various roads safety organisations have tirelessly demanded.”

Notes to Editors: 

For more information please read our Cyclists' behaviour and the law briefing or What's Legal on a Bike

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