Transport Minister Theresa Villiers breaks collarbone in fall from bike

Department for Transport says Chipping Barnet MP should be back on her bike soon

by Simon_MacMichael   January 27, 2012  

Theresa Villers MP

Transport Minister Theresa Villiers, who regularly commutes by bike from her Chipping Barnet constituency to the Houses of Parliament, has suffered that unfortunately all-too-common injury that many cyclists encounter at some point, breaking her collarbone after coming off her bike earlier this week.

The Guardian reports that no other vehicles were involved in the incident, with a spokesman for the Department for Tansport (DfT) saying: “Theresa Villiers was involved in a road accident while cycling to work. She has a broken collarbone and other minor injuries. Theresa will be back at work soon and will be cycling again as soon as she is fully recovered."

In opposition, Villiers acted as Shadow Minister for Transport and there was some dismay in cycling circles when she was passed over for the job of Secretary State for Transport when the Coalition Government was formed in June 2010, that job going to the decidedly less cycling-friendly Philip Hammond.

Hammond has since moved to the position of Secretary for State for Defence, his job at the DfT going to Justine Greening, who at least is a cyclist and has supported bike-friendly initiatives in the past in her Putney constituency.

Speaking last November at the National Cycle Rail Awards at the Palace of Wesminster, Villiers echoed what are surely the feelings of many bike commuters who live at the top of a hill – the journey to work may be a relative breeze, but the one home is a bit of a slog.

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Ouch. Get well soon. Wonder how it happened? I.e. did she get mown down by a lorry, etc?

Last night I would have considered trading a very loud baby for a really nice bike.

posted by notfastenough [3096 posts]
27th January 2012 - 12:36

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maybe now she'll sort out the potholes in our borough...

posted by spasypaddy [15 posts]
27th January 2012 - 12:51

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That's a slightly unsympathetic comment considering this is one politician that actually gives a damn about cycling issues! Why is it the MPs responsibility to sort out your local authority - surely there are ombudsmen for that kind of thing?!

posted by jonusher [20 posts]
27th January 2012 - 13:30

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jonusher wrote:
That's a slightly unsympathetic comment considering this is one politician that actually gives a damn about cycling issues! Why is it the MPs responsibility to sort out your local authority - surely there are ombudsmen for that kind of thing?!

Not to mention local councillors.

GWS, Tory Lady. I feel your pain (or at least, I did when it happened to me).

posted by JohnS [198 posts]
27th January 2012 - 17:20

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Yeah she's good. She was my MP for 6 years when I still inhabited the Smoke and was very helpful. I was involved in a car accident in my car. A lorry side swiped me. At which point I found out that although Egg kept a direct debit running for holiday insurance until you asked them to stop - they would cancel a DD for car insurance if they didn't hear from you at renewal time!

She write to me within 7 days and offered to write to Egg and even bring it up in the house. Regardless of her party you couldn't really ask for more from your MP could you?

I wish her a swift recovery and I hope she get's back on her bike. The sick feeling you get after the collar bone snaps tends to put you off for a while!

Silly me. You're probably right....

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posted by MercuryOne [1058 posts]
27th January 2012 - 18:43

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Get well soon. I have just about recovered from my second collar bone breakage - a matching pair now!
I only hope this doesn't lead to a call for compulsory shoulder braces to be worn by all cyclists.

Binky

posted by davebinks [125 posts]
27th January 2012 - 18:46

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@ notfastenough. No other vehicles involved according to this article..

Wishing her a speedy recovery.

posted by Shouldbeinbed [27 posts]
27th January 2012 - 20:07

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