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Accuses government of “dancing to the tune of a very vocal cycling lobby”

Cyclists should be forced to use designated cycle lanes, according to the traffic lawyer commonly known as Mr Loophole. On his firm’s website, Nick Freeman calls on Transport Minister Patrick McLoughlin to make it mandatory for cyclists to use facilities “which have been paid for from the public purse.”

The lawyer acquired his ‘Mr Loophole’ nickname – which he has trademarked – after helping a string of high-profile clients escape conviction for motoring offences. He believes that a vocal cycling lobby is adopting ‘an extremely aggressive stance’ towards motorists.

“Government at both local and national levels seem hell bent on making it increasingly difficult for car users to get around towns and cities, when what they actually should be doing is making it easier.

“Instead, they are dancing to the tune of a very vocal cycling lobby, which adopts an extremely aggressive stance to roads and other road users, especially motorists. Cyclists often say roads are too dangerous for them, and I totally agree. However, when it comes to designated cycle lanes, many elect to ignore them, which is not only futile but utter madness.

“The government must introduce legislation to make the use of these lanes compulsory. If not, what’s the point in them? Each one comes at a cost to the tax payer, be it in paint and signs or, as in London’s case, constructing them.”

In August, Freeman waded into the debate about cyclists’ use of helmet cams by saying: “The time has come for motorists to fight back and film cyclists breaking the law or riding irresponsibly.”

“I’m not against cyclists and motorcyclists using headcams, far from it,” he said. “But what I am against is provocative and dangerous cycling, which is designed to goad motorists, knowing full well the responses will be captured on video and then uploaded on to the internet. Motorists can be easily identified by their registration plates, but cyclists are relatively anonymous.”

That last point is a common theme for Freeman, who has previously urged the government to force cyclists to be registered, carry insurance and be required to wear helmets and hi-visibility clothing.

“The Government must look at introducing a raft of legislation which deals with identification, visibility, compliance with road traffic regulations, insurance, cycle excise licence and compulsory use of a helmet,” he said, before adding: “This list is not exhaustive.”

While defending a driver who hit and killed a rabbi in Manchester, he also suggested that pedestrians be made to wear reflective clothing at night.

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JeevesBath [183 posts] 1 year ago
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Mr ****hole.

Professional attention seeking twerp.

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JudahLow [27 posts] 1 year ago
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I thought we'd get at least a week into 2016 without the first potential winner of 'nobhead of the year' award. Guess I was wrong.

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Bez [608 posts] 1 year ago
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Mr Poophole.

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gazza_d [469 posts] 1 year ago
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Force all drivers to only use the special roads provided soley for their use - i.e. motorways, whih have been provided at great expense from the public purse

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Plasterer's Radio [296 posts] 1 year ago
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The PUBLIC HIGHWAY is a cycle lane.

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Huw Watkins [138 posts] 1 year ago
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That's the law in Belgium - use lanes where they exist.  

I remember getting told off by a policeman at the end of the Tour of Flanders sportif for not using the path.

However, Nick Freeman is clearly a complete c*ck too.

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ron611087 [356 posts] 1 year ago
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They first have to make all cycle paths:

1. useable

2. joined up

3. omipresent

Unless they plan ferrying cyclists between cycle paths by helicopter.

They would also need radically re-word chapter 13 of the DfT bikeability manual (cyclecraft), which devotes most of its space to cautioning cyclists not to use cyclepaths.

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KarlM77 [22 posts] 1 year ago
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Always reminds me of this short film.

 

A New York City filmmaker and cyclist has launched a painful online crusade to push authorities to ticket motorists who park in bike lanes.

In May, a policeman gave Casey Neistat a $50 (£31) fine for riding in a traffic lane, dismissing his plea that the bike lane was dangerously blocked.

To prove his point, Mr Neistat created a video in which he is shown crashing into a series of bike lane obstacles.

 

https://youtu.be/bzE-IMaegzQ

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userfriendly [610 posts] 1 year ago
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A quality twunt.

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only1redders [106 posts] 1 year ago
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From his practice's website.....

 

"A father of 2 children Nick is a keen golfer with a 3.5 handicap and enjoys vigorous exercise with his Staffordshire Bull Terrier."

 

Vigorous exercise with his Staffordshire Bull Terrier eh?

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CXR94Di2 [1586 posts] 1 year ago
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I have to cycle 9 miles to find the first cycle lane in a town, then another 14 miles to find the shortest cycle lane in the next town. Thank god I live in the countryside. It will never happen until cycle lanes are complete between towns.

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BikeBud [255 posts] 1 year ago
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It always strikes me as odd that "Mr Loophole" speaks publicly about enforcing laws when his business is built upon helping people to sidestep laws.  

Perhaps he sees a future market in getting people off charges of not cycling in the cycle lane?

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bdsl [201 posts] 1 year ago
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Each one comes at a cost to the tax payer

Sunk cost fallacy

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Allez1984 [21 posts] 1 year ago
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What an idoit, this is completely not possible.

I live in Worthing and last year they put all cycle paths to 5mph, now I know for a fact that me and the other riders from my club go much faster than that. 

On top of the speed restrictions we now have angry pedestians hitting out at cyclists on the paths. Even when they are poodling along at >5mph

This is just for publicity! Clearly he's not had any clients speed or drink drive recently so needs to remind the world that he exists.

Definitely Mr ***hole!!!

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wilkij1975 [23 posts] 1 year ago
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Well there's next to F all cycle lanes around where I live so he can go feck himself!

 

I don't know why this cock womble keeps getting air time when all he's famous for is getting criminals off a charge!

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wycombewheeler [1073 posts] 1 year ago
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Let’s imagine the government conceive a need to create a motorway from Oxford to Cambridge, but due to cost saving measures, no new bridges or tunnels are constructed, instead the new motorway must give way to every single existing lane it crosses, in addition part of the route is along an ancient footpath and so use on this section is shared with pedestrians, who either wander about aimlessly or stretch wires across the road attached to small mammals. Consequentl for this section the speed limit will be 5mph

Now, in order to justify the cost of this flawed infrastructure, we should legislate that any motorist going in that general direction must use the new road rather than other quicker or more efficient routes.

That is the point we would have got to if Mr loophole gets his way, this numpty needs to realise that those of us who cycle, and consequently reduce the number of motor vehicles on the road, are making it easier for cars to get around (which he states is his aim) and stop trying to make it harder for us to achieve some sort of balance with the congestion faced by motorists (all caused by excessive numbers of motorists).

 

if the legislation were passed, I would have to aquire a bmx in order to ride straight over all the cars parked in the cycle lane, which I would be obliged to use.

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LarryDavidJr [347 posts] 1 year ago
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I know that you have to report the news but, can we PLEASE stop giving free publicity to this bottom feeding lawyer-slime?

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davel [1242 posts] 1 year ago
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Parasite.

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bikeandy61 [538 posts] 1 year ago
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It's a difficult balance to know whether this stuff needs publication as opposed to not giving this Troll the media space he so cravenly is addicted to.

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ragtag [218 posts] 1 year ago
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He failed to mention we are also a danger to national security. 

Knob. End.

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Bikebikebike [303 posts] 1 year ago
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only1redders wrote:

From his practice's website.....

 

"A father of 2 children Nick is a keen golfer with a 3.5 handicap and enjoys vigorous exercise with his Staffordshire Bull Terrier."

 

Vigorous exercise with his Staffordshire Bull Terrier eh?

 

I always liked the penultimate track of Suede's eponymous debut album.

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webster [48 posts] 1 year ago
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He should also campaign to make pedestrians share the shared use paths, make them stay on the pavement, use pedestrian crossings built specially for them and to obey the crossing signals.

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ChairRDRF [354 posts] 1 year ago
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Dear road.cc. As Peter Walker at the Grauniad says, we do love you and promise to read you every day. And we might need to be reminded of the grotesqueness of anti-cycling culture and its representatives from time to time.

 

But not so much. And not if it means giving this creep more publicity.

 

He probably likes upsetting cyclists, and this is helping him along.

 

So do leave at least this particular low life under his stone.

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Must be Mad [610 posts] 1 year ago
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Yawn.. Another time-wasting, attention seeking troll.

The idea is a complete non-starter untill they can standardise the design and provision of cycle lanes.

 

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So do leave at least this particular low life under his stone.

amen
 

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electricspam [3 posts] 1 year ago
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He is good at finding 'loopholes' in the law, including for rape suspects by looks of the front page of his site. Lovely chap.

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stewieatb [296 posts] 1 year ago
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"Force all cyclists to use cycle lanes" says Mr Loophole

"Force Mr C*nthole into the sea" say Cyclists.

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Col Nago [12 posts] 1 year ago
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I suggest we all flood his firm's website with constructive criticism of his views. It has a comments facility.

As I mainly ride in Birmingham where there are no cycling lanes to speak of, I can safely ignore his ****wit comments which are clearly designed to help sell his book. Perma-tanned k***head.

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cyclisto [197 posts] 1 year ago
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No problem at all...

...as long as you put in petrol/diesel extra taxes that would really compensate for all the problems that unnecessary car use can cause such as traffic accidents, reduced life expectancy due to exhaust fumes, land use, noise, green house effect etc and send this money directly to cycling infrastructure. With all these money we would built at least a small bicycle motorway for every house.

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KnightBiker [81 posts] 1 year ago
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In the 'whereabouts 2' documentary the group of cyclist were allowed on the road by a police officer, when the could ride the speed limit. If they couldn't they had to use the shoulder of the road (sort of the cycling path) (USA)

So this makes it a speed capability thing.

In Holland there's 2 kinds of cycling path's mandatory and voluntary. When mandetory, you are not allowed on the main road with a bicycle, if voluntary you are allowed. So it can depend on the roadclass and facility next to it if you can apply such a rule. as such it's not bad suggestion, not really new though.

As for the camera vigelanties: as a car driver if you don't do wrong it should all be fine, afterall it's on camera. And get a dashcam.

As for safety clothing/lights: there is something to say for mandatory bike lights in the day time: cars are also a lot more visible when they lights are on, especially in low lights or gray faul weather. but it's not practical to enforce that on weightweenies bikes...

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hawkinspeter [679 posts] 1 year ago
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I'm interested in his views on cyclists having "an extremely aggressive stance" and the all-powerful "very vocal cycling lobby". If only he produced some kind of newsletter that I could subscribe to. (Or, does he write for the Daily Mail?)

However, given a choice between a group of people having an aggressive stance (cyclists) and a group of people actually being aggressive and killing thousands of people (some motorists), I know which one I'd rather count myself in.

Maybe he could work on reducing the number of people killed and injured on our roads, rather than spouting divisive rhetoric which only serves to polarise people.

What a cloff-prunker!

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