New transport minister's son says,"what exactly is the point of your job?"

Happy days ahead for cycling in London

by nick_rearden   May 27, 2010 news

Philip Hammond, Conservative MP for Runnymede and Weybridge and the Transport secretary these last two weeks, loves his Jaguar, has three points on his driving license and has never ridden a bicycle in London.

He today told Joe Murphy, the Political Editor of the London Evening Standard today, how his 11-year-old son has already asked him that if the trains being late is Network Rail's fault and the Mayor is to blame for London's roads being dug up, "what exactly is the point of your job?"

What will be a particular disappointment for bike riders, especially since his predecessor Lord Adonis is such an enthusiast, is his apparent view on cycling. He was asked if he would consider riding a bike to work from his accommodation in Pimlico, perhaps a mile distant, “I've never actually cycled in London. I'd have to take a deep breath. I think you need to know what you are doing to cycle in London.”

But he does think that cycling needs to be made safer, “Cyclists need to be more aware of the risks around them. It frightens me to death when I see them pull out around other cyclists, completely unaware there is a car behind. Maybe they need wing mirrors.”

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"the Mayor is to blame for the road being dug up"

Not outside London, he's not Wink

Conscientious Objector in the War on Vulnerable Road Users

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posted by t1mmyb [87 posts]
27th May 2010 - 15:30

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“Cyclists need to be more aware of the risks around them."

How about the need for motorists to be more aware that they're in charge of a potentially lethal piece of equipment?

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posted by cavasta [220 posts]
27th May 2010 - 16:18

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t1mmyb wrote:
"the Mayor is to blame for the road being dug up"

Not outside London, he's not Wink

There, is that better?

And finally....a great tweet from Boris Johnson, Mayor of London:

MayorOfLondon: Just had a good meeting with the new Transport Secretary and Phil Hammond's agreed to come cycling with me

posted by nick_rearden [863 posts]
27th May 2010 - 21:41

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Philip Hammond: see you next Tuesday.

posted by ourmaninthenorth [93 posts]
27th May 2010 - 23:14


Be intersting if Hammond experiences one of the regular bits of bad driving/road ragery that Boris Johnson appears to attract.


posted by OldRidgeback [2515 posts]
28th May 2010 - 14:13


I can only hope that the minister for transport sees the worse of the tin-can drivers whilst out and about. I don't wish that lightly, but if it exposes him to the real world for a few minutes, then that's a good thing.

Bring me sunshine, and dry roads

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posted by MalcolmBinns [113 posts]
28th May 2010 - 17:47