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Common legal questions on cycling

With Bradley Wiggins’ recent Tour de France and Olympic Time Trial wins, and Team GB’s cycling team having a fantastic home Olympics, cycling is becoming more and more popular as both a leisure activity and a means of transport. As its popularity increases, there will no doubt be more legal ramifications.

As such, Prolegal have kindly taken some time to answer a few of the more common cycling questions relating to the law.

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How are personal injury damages awards dealt with on divorce?

At Prolegal Limited we undertake a significant number of personal injury claims each year.

Some of those clients are either contemplating divorce or are going through a divorce. Naturally of interest to them is how their personal injury award will be dealt with as part of the divorce proceedings. In effect, should an award of damages for personal injury be regarded as a financial resource available for distribution between the parties?

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Cycling through the Games – a legal viewpoint

As London 2012 ends its first week, the fear of the city being overwhelmed has fortunately not come to pass. The order and calm will come as a relief to many Londoners, and will certainly impress our international guests, but for cycling Londoners the true ‘Olympic legacy’ may be a bitter taste of what might have been.

In 2007, Sustrans made projections of how the 2012 Olympics would fuel the development of ‘green’ cycle and walking routes throughout the capital. Not one of these proposals came to fruition while more contentious schemes ballooned in cost. The realised vision of the London Games is marked with a particular disinterest in accommodating cyclists. With the controversial ORN Olympic Lanes now in force, the Olympics are pitting cyclists against a gauntlet of temporary routes and pockets of congestion while offering few exemptions or bypasses for bikes.

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