Cycling in the North East – Collisions, Compensation & Civil Law – Event Update

Jon Barron2019, News

Around seventy local cyclists attended an interesting and informative event at Robert Gordon University, Garthdee, Aberdeen on the evening of Monday 2nd September.

The event, which was called ‘Cycling in the North East – Collisions, Compensation & Civil Law’ was jointly organised by Cycle Law Scotland and Grampian Cycle Partnership in an effort to help provide advice and information for those interested in cycling across the north east.

Admission to the event was free and included presentations from representatives of both organisations and an open question-and-answer session where attendees were afforded the opportunity to seek further information and clarity on cycling-related issues.

The Cycle Law Scotland presentation, delivered jointly by Aberdeen based specialist solicitor, Roz Boynton and Cycle Law Scotland partner, Jodi Gordon included an explanation of Criminal v Civil Law, a synopsis of common cycling incidents, an overview of the primary causes of cycling collisions, what you should do in the event of a collision and a whole host of other aspects surrounding the subsequent processes.

Roz Boynton added, “It was encouraging to see such a large turnout of NE cyclists all eager to learn and understand how to better protect themselves out there on the roads. We hope they won’t need our specialist personal injury services, but we are always here to provide advice and support if needed.”

The Grampian Cycle Partnership presentation, delivered by Caroline Hood, Vice Chair of the recently constituted voluntary organisation, contained an overview of why the group has formed and details of the initial aims and objectives as well as a summary of the initial priorities they are currently working on.

Caroline Hood added, ““We hope that by engaging with our partners and prospective partners through valuable events such as these that we can raise awareness of the benefits of cycling and continue to develop strong, collaborative relationships with individuals, businesses and organisations to make cycling safer and easier for everyone in the North East.”

Cycle Law Scotland deal with personal injury claims for injured cyclists across Scotland every day.  They provide cyclists with unrivalled, specialist, personal representation with accident claims.  Cycle Law Scotland believe that, if you’ve been involved in a cycling accident in Scotland through no fault of your own, it’s important to seek expert legal advice as soon as possible, preferably from a lawyer who specialises in personal injury cases and has considerable experience in representing cyclists.  The Cycle Law Scotland team all ride bikes, they believe that only by cycling to and from work or for recreation can they truly understand the needs and requirements of their cycling clients.  More information can be found here;

Grampian Cycle Partnership focuses on the benefits that cycling contributes and represents and partners with anyone, individuals and organisations and hope to help make cycling safer and easier for everyone in the North East of Scotland by using cycling to improve both the environment and the health for those who live here, securing the best possible outcomes from all available funding and resources and helping make the area a better place to live, work in and visit, and travel safer for vulnerable road users, irrespective of their mode of travel.  More information can be found here;

Pictured below, from left to right; Jon Barron, Grampian Cycle Partnership Secretary (and Nestrans Cycling Development Officer), Colin Allanach, Grampian Cycle Partnership Committee Member (and Nestrans Board Member), Jodi Gordon, Cycle Law Scotland, Roz Boynton, Cycle Law Scotland and Caroline Hood, Grampian Cycle Partnership, Vice-Chair