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Cabbies Urged to Back Cycling Crackdown

The widower of a woman killed by a cyclist has urged taxi drivers to back new dangerous riding laws being put forward by the Government.

Matthew Briggs urged cabbies to take part in the consultation, days before another pedestrian was left in critical condition by a cyclist.

Mr Briggs’ wife Kim was killed by Charlie Alliston, who was riding a fixed gear bike with no front brakes when he hit the 44-year-old mother-of- two as she crossed a road in east London in February 2016.

The cyclist was cleared of manslaughter but found guilty of causing bodily harm by “wanton or furious driving” - a Victorian-era law intended for drivers of horse-drawn carriages which carries a maximum sentence of two years.

Mr Briggs has said that the existing laws are “arcane” and wants them up brought up to date.

The new law would see riders facing “death by dangerous cycling” or “death by careless cycling” charges similar to motorists, with a maximum sentence of 14 years.

The widower said: “Could I call upon the fine men and women of the black cab trade to contribute to the consultation on new cycling laws? And thank you for the continued support and kindness you show me.” 

In the latest incident, a woman was said to be in critical condition after being struck in Kingsland High Street, in Dalston, on Tuesday, August 28, just after 5pm.

The cyclist initially stopped due to coming off his bike but left the scene a few moments later. A bike was later found abandoned a mile away in Approach Close.

Detective Constable Darren Case, Serious Collisions Investigations Unit, said: “This is a shocking incident as it appears the cyclist involved did not stop to assist the victim or contact the emergency services, instead making off.

A 12-week consultation on whether new offences should be introduced for dangerous cyclists has been launched by the Department for Transport and can be completed here.

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