Women In Cycling – Brenda Mitchell

Introduce yourself (and your bikes)

My name is Brenda Mitchell. I am Founder and Senior Partner of Cycle Law Scotland. We are a Law firm providing specialist Legal services to cyclists across Scotland who have been injured in cycle accidents and road traffic collisions in Scotland. I am the founder of Road Share, the campaign for the introduction of Presumed Liability into Scots Law.

I ride a white Bianchi road bike and a purple Radon hardtail Mountain bike.

What is your connection to the world of cycling?

  • Provide specialist legal services to all cyclists across Scotland.
  • Campaigning for Presumed Liability in Civil law road traffic claims through shifting the burden of proof from the cyclist to the car driver (and their insurer).
  • Appointed Mark Beaumont as Road Share ambassador.
  • Founded and ride regularly with ‘Belles on Bikes in the Borders’.
  • Sponsor Elite Scottish Enduro rider, Thomas Mitchell
  • Live in the Tweed Valley which is known as “Valley of the Bike People.”

What got you into cycling? (or back into it?)

  • Bought first mountain bike (Giant Hardtail) in 1992 when I moved to the Tweed Valley, Scottish Borders.
  • Took up Road Cycling in 2011 and l love the continual challenge(s) it presents.
  • Ride to work (8 mile round trip) to keep fit and do my bit to reduce the carbon footprint.

What would you say was your most significant achievement (so far!)?

  • Solicitor of the Year 2013 – Law Awards of Scotland.
  • Bike Biz ‘Pioneer of the Year’ – Women in Cycling 2015.
  • Running a success awarding winning Law firm.

What’s your biggest frustration?

MSPs!
Chasing Police Scotland
Chasing Insurance Companies

If you could wave a magic wand, what’s the one (cycling-related) thing you’d wish for?

That the Scottish Government would lead from the top and truly drive the cycling agenda rather than paying lip service to it. This would involve significant investment (10% of the transport budget) in cycling infrastructure and the introduction of new Civil Law Legislation (Presumed Liability) to change attitudes and remind all road users of their responsibilities especially those in charge of a powerful vehicle.

What’s your typical day/week on cycling? And what are the rides you dream about?

  • Providing legal assistance to cycling clients on a daily basis.
  • Cycling to work in the summer, (8 miles round trip on shared use path).
  • ‘Belles on Bikes’ rides at weekends and sportives.
  • Dream of returning to ride in the Outer Hebrides.
  • Dream of riding the Speyside Way.
  • Some warm weather cycling also appealing.

One of the purposes of the Women’s Cycle Forum is to promote women who are in cycling and make them more visible – and particularly to see the end of the dreaded all-male panel. Would you be interested in speaking more on panels or at conferences and if so what about?

Yes. Happy to talk about:

  • Road Share Campaign for Presumed Liability.
  • Any aspect of ‘Cycling and Civil Law’.
  • Common Cycling Collisions.
  • Civil Justice System.
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