Chris Boardman says that while British roads are statistically safe, “it doesn’t look it and it doesn’t feel it.” The first cycling and walking commissioner for Greater Manchester, whose mother was killed while riding her bike in Connah’s Quay last year, says that he now tries to do more of his riding off-road.
Boardman told The Guardian that he found riding in some areas “exhausting”.
“False modesty aside, I’m about as competent as it gets and I am constantly doing risk assessments. I’m looking at parked cars, seeing which way wheels are turning, everything that’s going on around me. It’s just exhausting. Whereas if I ride on a track or a trail I don’t have to do that and it’s just more pleasant these days,”
He added that for months after his mother’s death, he stopped cycling completely because he found road users’ behaviour depressing.
“I don’t want to see people behaving on a road in an aggressive way because, more than making me angry, it makes me depressed to see human beings treating each other that way. To see a human being treat someone who is vulnerable as an obstacle and give them no more thought than that. So I just avoid putting myself in that situation.”
North Wales police has said that on September 7, a 32-year-old man will go on trial charged causing Carol Boardman’s death by dangerous driving and perverting the course of justice. A 31-year-old woman will also appear charged with perverting the course of justice.
On anniversary of his mother’s death, Chris Boardman says justice system is failing cyclists and their families
In his new role, Boardman says he wants to spend billions improving the region in a bid to encourage motorists to ditch their cars in favour of bikes for many of their journeys.
“I’m not interested in cyclists ... I’m interested in the people in the cars. Getting them to change, it’s got to be easy, appealing and safe, in that order.”
He said that if cycling weren’t the easiest solution, not enough people would do it. “If it looks a bit intimidating, they are not going to do it. And that means space, and it means joined-up space. I’m only going to make a piece of cycling infrastructure if it’s joined up, otherwise it’s wasting everybody’s money.”
I'd like to know what forms of bicycle indicators would be acceptable to this frothing, right wing eegit?...
And how does that figure compare to 10 years ago?
Perhaps some politicians are indifferent or even against their own policies. They're merely doing it to get votes or for some other reason.
Hi Beanpole and Stu. I'm tempted but I ride endurance bikes - think BMC Roadmachine, Giant Defy, Cannondale Synapse - and I'm wondering if the...
Also makes me wonder about customers awaiting orders and things like gift cards.
Why don't you ever have anything to say for yourself? You're like the snotty little kid who follows the school bully around and gets a kick in once...
You're right. They shouldn't be forced to. . This isn't China / Russia / Nazi Germ, etc, etc, etc. . Freedom is scary: deal with it. .
It's 'monopattino' rather than 'monopiattini'. 'Piatto' is a plate, as in dinner plate. Or flat as in the 'land is flat'...
This reads like - billionaire takes up cycling after retirement, goes to visits venerable bike seller in Italy to buy a bike, but buys the company...
A long time ago I had two seasons racing Belgium - the Campagnolo super record setup I used worked perfectly all the time - it was just my legs...