BBC broadcaster Jeremy Vine will today give evidence to the London Assembly Transport Committee regarding his experience of cycling on the streets of the capital, with proceedings being streamed live online from 3pm.
Also appearing before the committee will be the broadcaster’s editor on his Radio 2 show, Phil Jones, who has cycled in London for more than three decades.
The London Assembly Transport Committee points out that 70 per cent of the city’s frequent cyclists are white men, who also account for 59 per cent of infrequent cyclists there.
By contrast, just 29 per cent of cycle trips in London are made by women, and people from black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) groups undertake only 15 per cent.
Vine and Jones will also discuss cycling infrastructure and public attitudes towards cyclists with the committee, and proceedings will be streamed live on the City Hall website, as well as on YouTube.
While Vine has come to cycling relatively recently, the Eggheads and former Crimewatch presenter’s use of a helmet camera coupled with the size of his social media following means that the videos taken on his commutes often receive a huge amount of attention.
In April last year, motorist Shanique Syrena Pearson was jailed for nine months for driving without reasonable consideration and using threatening or abusive behaviour towards Vine as he cycled along Hornton Street close to Kensington Town Hall in August 2016.
Vine, whose footage of the incident provided vital evidence, said in court: "I felt threatened. I felt I was in danger. I felt I was dealing with a violent person. None of that was clear to me when she was in the car. It became clear through this incident as she assaulted, abused and threatened me."
For a flavour of the one of the issues he is likely to highlight today, here he is speaking to ITV News, which tweeted the footage thgis morning.
— ITV London (@itvlondon) February 19, 2018
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.