Motoring lawyer Nick Freeman and “cycling vigilante” Dave Sherry are to get up close and personal this Monday (June 27) when they pedal around the streets of London together.
Last year Mr Freeman angered the cycling community after calling on motorists to fight back against “goading” cyclists who post videos of drivers on the internet, adding the time had also come for bicycles to carry identification plates to prevent them hiding behind a veil of anonymity.
Mr Freeman’s comments led to an angry backlash from cyclists, with many taking to social media to castigate him, including Mr Sherry, who subsequently challenged the celebrity lawyer to join him for a ride around London.
Following the cycle journey, the pair will then listen to each other’s points of view on a host of subjects, including safety, dedicated cycle lanes, regulation and demands for a legal minimum overtaking distance.
Mr Freeman said: “For a long time now I have been calling for a change in the law which would see cyclists being made accountable and compelled to comply with similar rules as motorists.
“I believe there is an urgent need for a change in legislation, which must include bicycles carrying identification plates.
“This has met with a certain amount of hostility from cyclists who do themselves no favours by being personal and vindictive.
“However, not one to back down from a challenge, I have agreed to not only meet with Dave Sherry, but to go on a cycle with him.
“One of the main problems is there is insufficient space to accommodate cycle lanes which leads to a sharing of inadequate road space on often poor road surfaces.
Mr Freeman added: “Whilst Dave will be representing the cycling community, I will be representing motorists, who frequently get frustrated by the actions of cyclists flouting road traffic laws, and escaping the consequences because they are ‘anonymous’!
“However, there are also a number of drivers who are equally guilty of breaking the law, but in their case they are identifiable through their registration plates.
“The goal is to increase road safety for all, which must include identification, accountability, and mutual respect from both drivers and cyclists.”
About Freeman & Co.
Freeman & Co. are a specialist firm of road traffic and criminal defence solicitors based in Manchester but with nationwide coverage.
Freeman & Co. specialise in a wide variety of road traffic cases, ranging from drink driving, speeding and mobile phone offences, to name but a few.
The firm was created by Nick Freeman, who has been dubbed “Mr Loophole” by the press for his technical legal ability and robustly challenging the prosecution.
Nick is well regarded as an expert road traffic lawyer and has successfully represented many high profile clients for a variety of motoring offences as well as criminal offences.
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