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Boris Johnson and his transport adviser were involved in a near miss while cycling in east London yesterday after a truck nearly dragged a car into the path of their bikes.
The mayor of London, a keen cycling enthusiast, was on one of his regular scouting expeditions around London looking for flagship cycle routes with his team when a lorry’s backdoor swung open and hooked into a parked car, according to Johnson’s spokesman.
Just minutes earlier, transport minister Lord Andrew Adonis was among those cycling with the mayor as they toured to see where best to place cycle Super Highways”, which are designated to make it easier and safer for cyclists to get around the capital.
The car was dragged along the street and was “catapulted” right in the middle of the cycling party, just behind Johnson.
Kulveer Ranger, Johnson’s director of transport, was left shaken after narrowly escaping being hit.
Peter Hendy, the commissioner for Transport for London, was also in the group. No one was hurt.
Johnson, who next week will launch London’s summer of cycling to promote two wheels as a “stylish and desirable way to travel”, said:
“I am relieved that no one was hurt, but this incident reinforces the need for us to make London’s roads safer for cyclists, which I am determined to do and to make London the best city for cyclists in Europe.”
The mayor said Super Highways would provide a “central role” by providing clearly demarcated routes for cyclists that “lorry drivers and others will be aware of”.
Johnson is investing most of the £111m earmarked for cycling this year into the new routes, coupled with funding his Velib-style bike hire scheme which is due to be put into place next year.
Boris Johnson is also an advocate for the London Black Taxi trade.
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