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Sustrans training boosts kids cycling


New figures from a survey of eight and a half thousand children from London educational facilities have revealed a significant rise in the number of kids cycling to school. According to the survey, 1,400 kids are regular commuters to and from


school, while the percentage of kids ‘never cycling to school’ dipped from 83 to 67 per cent. Pupils riding their bike outside of the school journey increased from 26 per cent to 32 per cent. Over the past seven years Sustrans has worked in 23 London boroughs with


250 primary and secondary schools. The borough of greenwich returned the most promising results, with a 31.5 per cent increase year-on-year in kids going to school by bike. www.sustrans.org.uk


Four wheels and a new Seat for pro rider


Yet another car dealership has forgotten that cyclists and motorists are supposed to be ‘at war’ (well, at least according to less, shall we say, ‘switched- on’ media and MP types). This time the firm trying to unite the two and four- wheeled groups is Cornish car retailer Dales Seat, which is backing pro cyclist Chris Opie of the Rapha Condor JLT team. The family dealership has provided a Seat (it wasn’t going to be a Volvo, was it) Leon SC FR to the pro, which he will use to travel to competitions. Who would have thought it – a cyclist that drives a car too. Someone get the Daily Mail on the phone.


Pic © Carlton Reid


Chris Opie with Dales Seat manager Tom Rawlings – presumably taken while not at each other’s throats...


Poll finds a third of drivers don’t like it


The latent demand for cycling might be bigger than you think, according to a recent poll by the Institute of Advanced Motorists (IAM). The survey found that a third of drivers don’t enjoy it anymore, with the majority (51 per cent) blaming fuel cost for scotching their driving delight. Congestion (41 per cent) was another big reason for motorists falling out of love with four wheels, followed by being ‘no longer excited by driving’ (28 per cent) and having less leisure time because of the time taken to travel about (25 per cent). Over sixty per cent of respondents said that the behaviour of other drivers on the road makes them feel the most nervous, as well as the fear caused by ‘driving near to lorries’.


Hoy, framed


There were more Sirs, MBEs and CBEs than you can shack a track pump at attending the fourth annual Champions of CycleSport Dinner in aid of Action Medical Research towards the end of last year. Sir Chris Hoy, Chris Boardman MBE and Sir Dave Brailsford were among the prestigious names at the event, which helped to raise more than £185,000 to help sick babies and children. An exclusive signed painting of Sir Hoy was among the items auctioned off, which also included VIP tickets to the Tour de France.


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