Highway Code Revamp Controversy

The Highway Code was revamped on Saturday with 50 rules added or updated, mainly focusing on the enhanced protection of cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders. However, lack of awareness of the new rules among millions of motorists is a major issue, with an AA survey of 13,700 drivers earlier this month finding that 33% were unaware of the changes. This combined with doubts about the common sense of some of the new measures has raised concerns that cyclists, pedestrians and other ‘vulnerable’ road users could now actually be more at risk of accidents than under the previous rules. 

One of the controversial new changes is the advice that cyclists ride in the centre of lanes on quieter roads, in slow-moving traffic and when approaching junctions so that other road users are more aware of them. Cyclists will generally enjoy greater freedom on the road, with motorists obliged to give them priority on roundabouts, for example, while traffic will be forced to give way when pedestrians are crossing or waiting at junctions. The new rules also introduce a ‘hierarchy of road users’ based on the level of risk in the event of an accident. So while drivers will need to be more aware of cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders, cyclists will in turn need to be more aware of pedestrians and riders.   

While the new Highway Code changes do offer enhanced protection for cyclists, pedestrians and others, the potential for confusion when the rules are applied in varying road conditions across the country is clear. Many motorists feel that cyclists, in particular, already enjoy sufficient rights on the roads, and this may make them less than enthusiastic about learning the new rules. The government has been urged to launch a public awareness campaign, as there seems little doubt that all road users are going to take time to adapt to the new regime and face new scenarios and responsibilities on the road in the meantime:

https://www.gov.uk/government/news/the-highway-code-8-changes-you-need-to-know-from-29-january-2022

Our firm has particular expertise in claiming compensation for injured cyclists, pedestrians and horse riders. We offer a free no obligation quick case assessment, followed by a no win no fee claims service:

https://www.bartlettslaw.co.uk/road-accident-claims/when-can-a-cyclist-claim-against-a-motorist.html

https://www.bartlettslaw.co.uk/pedestrian-injury-claims/pedestrians-hit-by-vehicles.html

https://www.bartlettslaw.co.uk/accidents-in-public-places/horse-riding-accidents-on-the-road.html

Space, The Universe and Everything

Next month, Liverpool Cathedral will come to life after dark as it hosts a breathtaking new immersive art installation, ‘Space, The Universe and Everything’, allowing visitors to travel through space, light and time, while pondering our relationship with planet Earth and beyond.

Every evening in late February, the Cathedral’s stunning Gothic interior will be transformed into the canvas for an extraordinary display of lights, bespoke music and artwork projections. During this spectacular son-et-lumière performance, visitors will walk through the architectural grandeur of the Cathedral, enjoying a unique immersive art experience and opportunity to explore space and the universe without leaving the inside of the building.

Space, The Universe and Everything is the work of the award-winning artistic collaboration, Luxmuralis, made up of sculptor Peter Walker and composer David Harper. They are the team behind the previous awe-inspiring art installations ‘Angel Wings’ and ‘Peace Doves’ at Liverpool Cathedral.    

Space, The Universe and Everything will take place every evening from Friday 18th to Sunday 27th February, with time slots available from 6pm to 8pm (the experience is expected to take around 40 minutes). Tickets are sold at 15 minute intervals and need to be booked in advance. You can find out more and book tickets on Liverpool Cathedral’s website:

https://www.liverpoolcathedral.org.uk/visiting-us/space-the-universe-and-everything

Aquarium at World Museum Revamp

The Aquarium at Liverpool’s renowned World Museum has recently been revamped with bigger tanks, new species, immersive projections and even an octopus called Polpo. Visitors can get up close with Polpo and other sea creatures from all around the world, including hermit crabs, starfish, terrapins and wrasses (brightly-coloured marine fish) from Liverpool’s Irish Sea coast. The terrapins are rescued pets, and can be seen immersed in water through the Aquarium’s viewing bubbles, which allow smaller visitors to get a special close-up view.

New immersive projections aim to help younger visitors, in particular, learn about the underwater world and the conservation efforts that are underway to protect our seas. Visitors will discover more about where sea animals live and how they, and underwater biodiversity in general, can be protected and preserved. The Aquarium uses the latest technology to promote biodiversity themes and priorities, adding an educational angle to a fun day out for families.   

Apart from meeting the Aquarium’s firm favourites including ‘Nemo’ fish, rays and ‘smiling’ sharks, families can also find out what a day of rock pooling on the British shoreline might uncover. World Museum’s expert staff are always on hand to answer questions and help enhance the visitor’s experience in this aquatic world of wonder. The Aquarium at World Museum is open Tuesday to Sunday from 10am to 4pm and entry is free. Find out more on National Museums Liverpool’s website:

https://www.liverpoolmuseums.org.uk/whatson/world-museum/exhibition/aquarium

Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice Support

At the start of 2022, we’d like to once again highlight the work of Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice in Liverpool, a charity providing various services, including 24 hour support, for families of babies with life-limiting or life-threatening illnesses. The Hospice costs £1.6 million to run every year, and relies on donations from the local community and businesses for 80% of its funding.

The respite care provided by Zoë’s Place involves packages tailored to the individual needs of the child and the carers. Support is allocated based on an assessment and usually involves a minimum stay of two nights per month at the Hospice, during which time the baby will be cared for by a Registered Nurse & Senior Care Assistant and provided with services by a Play Leader, Art Therapist and Physiotherapist. Emergency respite care is also possible following a referral from, for example, a hospital, GP or social services.    

Zoë’s Place works as part of a multidisciplinary team alongside a GP and palliative care consultant to optimise the quality of life of babies with very serious conditions and maintain an effective round-the-clock care service for families. The Hospice provides various forms of family support, including a Facebook group, coffee afternoons, activity days for siblings and bereavement support.

There are various ways to support Zoë’s Place Baby Hospice apart from making a donation, including getting involved in fundraising, volunteering or taking part in outdoor and online events. Bartletts Solicitors is proud to be a long-term corporate supporter of Zoë’s Place, and would like to send the Hospice and its outstanding staff our very best wishes for 2022. Please consider supporting this vital local charity in whatever way possible:

https://www.zoes-place.org.uk/liverpool/support_us.aspx