Edinburgh Solicitor, Brenda Mitchell, has been pitted against outgoing London Mayor Boris Johnson and former racing cyclist Chris Boardman, for a major cycling award.
Brenda, who runs specialist legal firm, Cycle Law Scotland and set up Road Share, the Campaign for Presumed Liability for vulnerable road uses, has been nominated for the Cycling Advocate of the Year Award in this year’s Cycling Media Awards, to be held on November 12th, 2015, at the Islington Metalworks, London.
The event, organised by BikeBiz publisher NewBay Media, will recognise the best UK media outlets, writers, bloggers, broadcasters and photographers in the world of cycling.
Brenda’s nomination follows her two year campaign to change the current Scots Civil Law which often fails the Nation’s cyclists and pedestrians, frequently leaving those injured or bereaved following road traffic collisions battling for years to receive fair compensation.
As well as Brenda Mitchell, Boris Johnson and Chris Boardman, the other finalists for the Cycling Advocate of the Year Award include Malcolm Shepherd of Sustrans, Mark Treasure of As Easy As Riding.com, Ashok Sinha of London Cycling Campaign, Chris Maloney of Keeper of the Peak, Roger Geffen of CTC and George Ferguson, Mayor of Bristol.
The winner will be judged by a panel of 100 from the cycling media.
Brenda Mitchell, a Personal Injury lawyer with more than 25 years experience, said:
“I am honoured to have been selected as a finalist for this prestigious award alongside two great cycling champions, Boris Johnson and Chris Boardman. It is testament to just how much our campaign has touched people in Scotland and in the UK. If we are to achieve an increase in safe active travel, we need legislative change that protects those who are most vulnerable to injury. We need to learn from our more forward thinking European neighbours who have for decades protected their vulnerable road users.
The Road Share Campaign for Presumed Liability is supported by celebrities, cyclists and politicians and nearly 10,000 have signed its petition for change.