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Wiggins on London Bike Boom – cyclists aren't going to go away

Predicts three or four track golds for Great Britain in Rio

“Cyclists aren’t going to go away,” Sir Bradley Wiggins has told The Guardian. “As the issues grow with cars, and emissions, and all these things – and roads getting busier – cycling is only going to get more popular; become more of a means of transport. So we’re going to have to learn to co-exist.”

Wiggins was in London, speaking at the launch of his new range of children’s bikes. He told the newspaper how impressed he was with the early stages of the new East-West Cycle Superhighway, describing the project as ‘superb’.

“People are aware at the moment that there is a boom in cycling. But as that boom becomes the norm and 20 years pass we may get to a stage where we’re like an Amsterdam. I can’t see it not happening, to be honest. I just think governments will put initiatives in place, like the new bike highway they’ve got down on Embankment, things like that.”

When in the capital, Wiggins says he frequently gets about on a Boris Bike (“if it’s not raining”) and he increasingly feels there’s safety in numbers for cyclists.

“Although it’s quite hectic in London, chaotic, there’s a lot of cyclists. You never feel alone. I always feel like you’re part of a group. There’s enough cyclists now, people commuting, that you’re not a minority any more. That’s a good thing.”

He also describes himself as being ‘quite sensible on the road.’ “I tend not to jump lights, I tend not to ride all over the road, or eff and jeff or whack cars and things – because I’ll be the one in the Daily Mail the next day. I feel slightly responsible, to be a role model.”

Looking ahead to the Olympics in Rio, he reiterated that it would most likely represent his final event in top level racing, even if he does continue to ride with Team Wiggins afterwards.

He also feels that Great Britain’s final medal haul will be significantly lower than for the ‘crescendo’ of London. He predicts three to four gold medals on the track, the team having won seven in 2012.

“But it would be something to top London – everything was building towards London, in every sport, it felt, right from when Lottery funding started in 1997. It reached a crescendo and I think it will dip a bit. We’ll still be successful but I don’t think we’ll repeat London. Maybe in time.”

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Ride2Wk | 8 years ago
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PS, by "pro-cycling events" I mean "circumstances that have been positive for cycling", not bike races for professional riders.

Ride2Wk | 8 years ago

Careful saying things like that. After pro-cycling event's there can be a anti-cycling backlash from the motoring industry as is happening in Sydney, Australia right now. (Lead by a trucking company owner, cyclist hater & NSW Transport minister Duncan Gay.) A new ignorant car-centric Thatcherite like govenment could get into power and introduce laws to curb cycling like mandatory helmets (30-40% reduction in Australia), increase fines massively and get police to enforce petty things like bike bell laws and so-call "dangerous riding" for things like doing a track stand at traffic lights.

Government policy is as fickle as voters listening to shock jocks on the radio & reading newspaper "opinion" pieces (Remember that newspapers & TV sell much of the advertising space to & hence get much of their income from car companies, not cycling companies.) Economic benefits and tangible society advancement count for nothing in winning votes for individual (i.e. politican's) benefit.

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