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
Simon has been news editor at road.cc since 2009, reporting on 10 editions and counting of pro cycling’s biggest races such as the Tour de France, stories on issues including infrastructure and campaigning, and interviewing some of the biggest names in cycling. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, his background has proved invaluable in reporting on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, and the bike industry. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, and loves taking his miniature schnauzer Elodie on adventures in the basket of her Elephant Bike.