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Prime Minister David Cameron last week showed his support for cycling as well as local business as he helped open a bike shop in his Witney constituency - just weeks after his government's response to the Get Britain Cycling report had been greeted with disappointment by cycling organisations and campaigners.

Describing it as “an aspirational and brilliant shop,” David Cameron was shown around Mickey Cranks bike shop in Witney by its owner, Mick Murphy.

Earlier in the day, Mick - a former military parachute instructor - had delivered a group riding etiquette and safety class for local cyclists.

Mr Cameron said: "We need to get more children cycling to school and encourage a whole new generation of cyclists, and having a really aspirational and brilliant shop like this in the heart of Witney I think will do a huge amount," before wishing Mick and wife Kirsty the very best of luck.

But these comments come in the wake of what was widely perceived as a lukewarm response by the government to the Get Britain Cycling report, published in April after a six-week parliamentary inquiry.

While news that a review of the criminal law in cases in which cyclists are the victims will take place in the new year was welcomed, the response failed to provide a commitment to minimum annual spending levels, nor did it back a national cycling champion, long-term targets or central, top-level leadership, all among the chief recommendations of the report.

One of those, that the government commit to spend the equivalent of £10 per head a year to cycling, ultimately increasing to £20, wasn’t answered at all.

Instead reference was made only to investment that has already been made, including the recently announced Cycle City Ambition funds, which only apply to a handful of successful bidding cities, and not at all to towns or rural areas.

The latter would include the constituency Mr Cameron himself represents, centred on Witney, which has a population of around 23,000, and the surrounding countryside as well as small towns such as Carterton. Charlbury and Chipping Norton.

You can follow Mickey Cranks on Twitter and Facebook.

Mickey Cranks, Unit 2, Two Rivers Industrial Estate, Station Lane, Witney, OX28 4BH

Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.

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KiwiMike [1268 posts] 3 years ago
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Cameron can now add 'opened bike shop' to his pathetic list of pro-cycling initiatives.

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mad_scot_rider [581 posts] 3 years ago
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Prime Minister David Cameron last week showed his support for cycling

No he did not - Cameron just showed his ability to capitalise on an opportunity to look like taking action while actually doing nothing himself

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Stumps [3454 posts] 3 years ago
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Bandwagon - jump - win votes. The man is full of crap and i hate him with a passion.

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Leviathan [2450 posts] 3 years ago
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Mick Murphy about to present Cameron there with the Emperor's Golden Ostrich Egg to commemorate the opening ceremony.

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The Rumpo Kid [589 posts] 3 years ago
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Fine words butter no parsnips...

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solentine [96 posts] 3 years ago
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Shame most roads leading to Witney are lethal. LBS for Chipping Norton please

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kobacom [99 posts] 3 years ago
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So Cameron only "helped" to open the cycle shop. He needs someone to hold his hand while doing something as simple as opening a shop, we really are up Sh** creek.

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colinth [191 posts] 3 years ago
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I vote Tory mainly because I think they're slightly less clueless on the economy than Labour, but next time I'm voting for whoever says they'll do the most for cycling. This kind of political window dressing pi$$es me off, they had a real opportunity to catch on to the public demand for more action on cycling and do the bare minimum as a box ticking exercise.

Fine open the local shop, great publicity for the owner, but if he meant what he said he'd have committed much more than the paltry amount to alternative transport

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Colin Peyresourde [1785 posts] 3 years ago
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It's no worse than Ed Millhouse wandering around East London market stalls.

I despise the way Labour have ruined this country's economy and spent all our money in a non- sustainable and inefficient way.

Bliar and Co. never seem able to balance the books and are more interested in buying votes. Think about that when you get your knickers twisted about spending cuts.

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Stumps [3454 posts] 3 years ago
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Colin, your commitment to cycling is applaudable however the word BANKERS springs to mind. Your right the books would not have been balanced however without the bank crashes it would be a hell of a lot better.

And this lot are still borrowing more despite making everyones (bar the rich) life worse by cutting everywhere.

Oh and by the way the last MORI poll on bankers showed most of them voted cons.

Anyway rant over back to cycling the last stage of the ToB is about to start.  3

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Simon_MacMichael [2476 posts] 3 years ago
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solentine wrote:

Shame most roads leading to Witney are lethal. LBS for Chipping Norton please

+1 for an LBS in Chippy. May try and persuade the Old Mill to stock up on essentials such as inner tubes etc given the number of club runs and audax rides that stop there  3

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colinth [191 posts] 3 years ago
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This is one we'd be better doing over a beer stumpy but saying it wasn't labours fault it was the bankers is akin to a prison governor leaving the jail unlocked and then blaming the prisoners when they escape and commit more crime. It wasn't a secret they were greedy bstds, that's why they should have been more closely regulated, and I speak as a former HBOS employee who used to receive advice each month on how to justify selling an inappropriate solution to a client because it would earn us more bonus.

Anyway, waaaayy off topic, enjoy the racing and it looks like I'm voting lib dem  20

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Mick Murphy [1 post] 3 years ago
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Morning bikeboy76,

You made my weekend, your post made me and the wife laugh out loud  1 Great banter and I shared it on our FB page. Have a great week.

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Denzil Dexter [141 posts] 3 years ago
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colinth wrote:

This is one we'd be better doing over a beer stumpy but saying it wasn't labours fault it was the bankers is akin to a prison governor leaving the jail unlocked and then blaming the prisoners when they escape and commit more crime. It wasn't a secret they were greedy bstds, that's why they should have been more closely regulated, and I speak as a former HBOS employee who used to receive advice each month on how to justify selling an inappropriate solution to a client because it would earn us more bonus.

Anyway, waaaayy off topic, enjoy the racing and it looks like I'm voting lib dem  20

Hold on a minute… I've got no time for Blair or Brown either, but the prison governor who unlocked the jail was Mrs Thathcher, abetted by messrs Howe and Lawson - they de-regulated the city. To use another analogy, Blair and Brown are guilty of being happy to live of the income from the casino when times were good - they didn't open it though.

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jarredscycling [456 posts] 3 years ago
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Cycling is the new socially popular item of the day. I just hope it actually benefits long time cyclists

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notfastenough [3717 posts] 3 years ago
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Mick Murphy illustrates the sheer size of the balls Mr Cameron must have to show up and open a bike shop while doing sod all to safeguard the lives of it's customers...

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colinth [191 posts] 3 years ago
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Denzil Dexter wrote:
colinth wrote:

This is one we'd be better doing over a beer stumpy but saying it wasn't labours fault it was the bankers is akin to a prison governor leaving the jail unlocked and then blaming the prisoners when they escape and commit more crime. It wasn't a secret they were greedy bstds, that's why they should have been more closely regulated, and I speak as a former HBOS employee who used to receive advice each month on how to justify selling an inappropriate solution to a client because it would earn us more bonus.

Anyway, waaaayy off topic, enjoy the racing and it looks like I'm voting lib dem  20

Hold on a minute… I've got no time for Blair or Brown either, but the prison governor who unlocked the jail was Mrs Thathcher, abetted by messrs Howe and Lawson - they de-regulated the city. To use another analogy, Blair and Brown are guilty of being happy to live of the income from the casino when times were good - they didn't open it though.

Blaming Thatcher ? Really ?? Even Brown admits he screwed up

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/business-13032013

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Doctor Fegg [146 posts] 3 years ago
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Another +1 for an LBS in Chippy. @Solentine, maybe this is where you could open Bready Merckx.  3