Bristol police chief loves riding in his city, unlike London's top cop

Bristol road safety summit planned for next month

by John Stevenson   November 25, 2013  

Nick Gargan

Avon and Somerset Constabulary’s top cop is a bike rider and unlike his London opposite number, he’s not afraid to take to the city’s streets on his bike.

Asked on Twitter by the BBC’s Tom Edwards whether he would ride in Bristol, chief constable Nick Gargan said he rides every week, perhaps showing greater confidence in his force’s ability to keep the streets safe than Metropolitan police commissioner Sir Bernard Hogen-Howe.

“I cycle in Bristol every week,” Chief Constable Gargan tweeted back. “And love it.”

Last week, Sir Bernard Hogen-Howe told the BBC: “It seems to be that if you get it wrong, or the driver gets it wrong, the person that’s going to pay is the cyclist.

“It seems to me that there’s a lot of traffic and personally I wouldn’t (cycle). But of course some people don’t have the choice; economically it’s not easy you know.”

“Some people, they’ve got limited money and they can’t pay for public transport. I understand why they take the choice. It wouldn’t be mine.”

Sir Bernard later attempted to clarify that he was expressing a personal opinion and that “the work the mayor and TFL have done to get people on their bikes as safely as possible is commendable.”

The role of mayor of London includes responsibilities that are elsewhere carried out by an elected police and crime commissioner, including the hiring and firing of the Metropolitan police commissioner.

Nick Gargan was appointed chief constable of Avon and Somerset in March 2013. He lists his interests as running, cycling and opera.

Chief Constable Gargan and Police and Crime Commissioner Sue Mountstevens will host a question and answer session at Bath Guldhall on November 27, and with Mayor of Bristol George Ferguson will head Bristol’s first road safety summit at Bristol City Hall on December 11.

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Yay, good bloke. And probably paid enough to buy an ex Wiggo Pinarello too.

posted by allez neg [4 posts]
25th November 2013 - 20:03


Excellent. Notes Bristol as a possible place in which to live.

posted by Ush [531 posts]
25th November 2013 - 20:28


Let's hope he can influence the relevant authorities to improve the quality of roads for cycling in Bristol and surrounds!

We're all entitled to a reasonable opinion!

posted by Guyz2010 [298 posts]
25th November 2013 - 22:04


This chap seems to understand that cyclists aren't necessarily poor and may choose to cycle out of choice, not like the doofus we have in London.


posted by OldRidgeback [2554 posts]
25th November 2013 - 23:11