New smartphone app will help protect bike riders
A NEW smartphone app is set to improve legal protection for bike riders involved in crashes and close passes with vehicles.
The app has been developed by Cycle Law with the endorsement of Bicycle Queensland and will make it easier for cyclists to file claims against third parties if they get hurt or injured while riding.
Bicycle Queensland CEO Anne Savage said the Cycle Incident Log was the first of its kind anywhere in the world.
"The Cycle Law Incident Log is designed to help bike riders when they need it most, immediately following a crash or incident," Ms Savage said.
"It steps riders through the incident recording process and captures vital evidence that can be retained and used later in compensation and legal claims.
"This app helps the rider to collect critically important details, including photographic evidence, witness details, and location data."
The app is available free for download in iPhone and Android stores.
It records registration numbers, driver licence details, road conditions and other information that can be taken straight to the police or shared with a solicitor.
Cycle Law principal Emily Billiau said the aim of the app was to ensure cyclists got "fair and swift outcomes" after a crash or accident.
"The information captured can be submitted immediately for no-obligation legal advice and assistance," Mr Billiau said.
"All too often cyclists are left in a state of shock and distress, without ready access to a step-by-step support system that can do their thinking for them while they try and process what occurred.
"The app is both a support service and a safety device, designed to encourage compliance with the road rules and honest dealings by all parties in the unfortunate event of a crash."