Newsflash for the transport secretary: cyclists are road users too | Chris Boardman
Ride with me, Chris Grayling, and you’ll see that cycle lanes aren’t a problem, they help to tackle pollution, obesity and overcrowded public transport
Yesterday, Chris Grayling MP, the person responsible for transport in this country, showed an astonishing lack of knowledge regarding cycling on the road. He implied in parliament that cyclists don’t count as road users. While this was incredible to hear, it was – sadly – far from surprising, and is symptomatic of a lack of insight and understanding on this issue from our elected representatives.
If Grayling has any understanding of the concerns of the 7 million people who regularly cycle on Britain’s roads, then he would know that the vast majority of cycle lanes are inconvenient, poorly maintained and often dangerous. It is why most cyclists choose to cycle in the road. It is also the reason why just 2% of journeys are cycled, despite British Cycling having evidence that two-thirds of people would cycle if it were made safer.
I would like to take Grayling on a typical London commute from zone 2 to his office in Westminster
Source: Guardian Transport