As we reported here Movers and Shakers had signed up Roger Evans as a community role model for cycling. Roger reports on his blog here and here on how his tuition in the art of bike riding is progressing. Note he is not wearing a helmet, unlike his boss at the GLA whom we will meet later.
Then the Wanstead and Woodford Guardian report [28th April] that “The new Leader of Redbridge Council has promised to get on his bike in a bid to keep fit and ease traffic congestion in the borough.” Except that he isn’t, Council Leader that is, and we expect more twists and turns than a twisty turny thing on this before he gets to be so, or doesn’t. Anyway he is certainly on a bike receiving tuition, again minus a helmet.
All this is to encourage people onto bikes. And there is a Bikethon coming up in Redbridge on Sunday 14th June for the Kids. Melbourne Field, 11am – 1pm.
Now we come to Boris Johnson, captured by CCTV on his bike and wearing a helmet nearly getting squashed by a rogue lorry driver in Limehouse. Reports that the driver was Ken Livingstone have been dismissed.
Here is the BBC report.
Now how do we make cycling safer? Here are a few ideas. Encase the cyclist in a steel body with windows. Add side impact bars, bull bars and airbags. To carry the extra weight we will need 4 wheels and we will need some help with propulsion so we will need an engine……