The husband of Kim Briggs, who was killed after a bike ploughed into her as she crossed the road, has welcomed the Government’s urgent review into dangerous cycling legislation.
Matt Briggs said he was “very grateful” to the Government after Transport Minister Jesse Norman announced an urgent review into cycle safety last Thursday (September 21).
The review will look at whether a new offence equivalent to causing death by careless or dangerous driving should be introduced for cyclists, as well as wider improvements for cycling road safety issues.
It comes after the death of mother-of-two Kim Briggs who was hit by a fixed-wheel bike ridden by Bermondsey cyclist Charlie Alliston as she crossed the road in Shoreditch on February 12 last year.
Alliston, now 20, whose fixed gear bike had no front brakes, was cleared of manslaughter last month but convicted under the 19th century offence of “wanton or furious driving”.
Mr Briggs thanked the Government for being “so swift and so responsive” during an interview with Sky News.
“I think that the law sometimes just doesn’t keep up and that’s what I’m asking for, for the law to catch up now,” he said.
“Kim is not the first person that has been killed in this way and very sadly I don’t think that Kim will be the last.
“Part of the reason I’m doing this is to do something positive out of something so negative.
“I won’t bring my kids up with anger; I don’t want to allow anger into our house.
“Kim was the most fun woman, a real fun-loving woman, and I want to do something that’s positive, that’s optimistic, that’s looking forward because in doing that I can stop the shockwaves of this tragedy.”
Transport Minister Jesse Norman said on Thursday: “It’s great that cycling has become so popular in recent years but we need to make sure that our road safety rules keep pace with this change.
“We already have strict laws that ensure that drivers who put people’s lives at risk are punished but, given recent cases, it is only right for us to look at whether dangerous cyclists should face the same consequences.
“We’ve seen the devastation that reckless cycling and driving can cause, and this review will help safeguard both Britain’s cyclists and those who share the roads with them.”
The review, which will seek to improve all elements of cycle safety, will be in two phases, with the conclusions of the first phase expected to be reported in the New Year.