Cycling campaigners welcome backing from Olympic gold medalists

Cycling safety campaigners have welcomed the support from Team GB’s Olympic gold medalists. 

Victoria Pendleton, Dani King, Joanna Rowsell and Jason Kenny have all backed campaigns aimed at improving Britain’s cycling infrastructure this week. 

Pendleton has called for cars to be banned from driving or parking in cycling lanes, while King and Rowsell have called for the UK government to follow the example set by Holland where cyclists are given priority at major junctions and roundabouts. 

Cycling safety campaigners have welcomed the support from Team GB’s Olympic gold medalists. 

Victoria Pendleton, Dani King, Joanna Rowsell and Jason Kenny have all backed campaigns aimed at improving Britain’s cycling infrastructure this week. 

Pendleton has called for cars to be banned from driving or parking in cycling lanes, while King and Rowsell have called for the UK government to follow the example set by Holland where cyclists are given priority at major junctions and roundabouts. 

The UK’s national campaign group CTC have welcomed the comments made by the Olympians and said that despite the increase of cyclists on the roads after the Olympic games, motorists were still showing “basic bad driving habits.”

A spokesperson for CTC said, “It’s great to have the support of the Olympic champions. It comes at a time when there is worrying evidence that the risks for all road users, not just cyclists, are getting higher. A lot of this is down to the fact there has been a 30% fall in road traffic policing in the last 10 years. 

“Fewer drivers are getting caught or disqualified for traffic offences, and when people know they are unlikely to get caught, it encourages bad habits such as using their mobiles or overtaking too close to cyclists”

Olympic medalist Pendleton, who took a gold in the keirin and a silver in the individual sprint, told The Times newspaper: 

“When people overtake you on corners or give you three inches of space when overtaking, I often think, ‘If you knock me off and I die, how would you feel about that, if I was dead? What if you killed me when I’ve spent my whole life training for the Olympics and it’s over because you couldn’t wait for three or four more seconds?’ It would be a lifetime of work over.”

Cyclists should be more considerate to drivers, but drivers should also be more considerate to cyclists,” shed added.

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