THE HUSBAND of a woman who was killed by an ex-cycle messenger riding a bike with no front brakes is calling for despatch firms in London to refuse work to riders whose machines are not road legal.
Matthew Briggs (47) made the plea after Charlie Alliston (20) was jailed for 18 months at the Old Bailey after he was found guilty of causing bodily harm by wanton and furious driving. He had been cleared by a jury earlier of manslaughter.
Matthew’s wife Kim (44) died after Alliston hit her as she crossed a road near to Old Street, East London and he said:
I want courier companies to take fixed-wheel bikes without front brakes off the road and for retailers to change how they are sold.
I am still seeing too many retailers irresponsibly advertising these bikes and the vast majority of people riding these bikes are couriers and I would call on those companies to help get these bikes off the road.
“They are illegal and as we have seen, they are potentially lethal. Ninety per cent of cyclists without front brakes in London work as couriers and I want the companies to check that their riders are not using illegal bikes. If I can prevent one more family from having to go through what we have suffered, then I can say to our children that from this chaos we get a little bit of good done.”
Judge Wendy Joseph QC sentenced Alliston to 18 months in youth custody and told him: “I am satisfied that this so-called thrill was motivated by you to ride without a front brake, shouting and swearing at pedestrians to get out of the way. You were just an accident waiting to happen.”