Brake, the road safety charity, has backed Bradley Wiggins’ call for safer cycling after a cyclist was killed close to the Olympic stadium by a London 2012 bus.
Bradley Wiggins said that cycling in the Capital can be dangerous, and that there needs to be more ‘give-and-take’ between drivers and cyclists. He advised cyclists to do everything they can to keep themselves safe and suggested that cycle helmets should be mandatory.
The incident came just hours after Wiggins became Britain’s most decorated Olympian by pedalling his way to a gold medal in the time trial event. The Independent suggested that the incident will reignite the fierce debate over cycling safety in the UK.
Bradley Wiggins said: “It’s dangerous and London is a busy city and a lot of traffic. I think we have to help ourselves sometimes.
“I haven’t lived in London for 10 to 15 years now and it’s got a lot busier since I was riding a bike as a kid round here, and I got knocked off several times.
“But I think things are improving to a degree: there are organisations out there who are attempting to make the roads safer for both parties.
“But at the end of the day we’ve all got to co-exist on the roads. Cyclists are not ever going to go away, as much as drivers moan, and as much as cyclists maybe moan about certain drivers they are never going to go away, so there’s got to be a bit of give and take.”
Julie Townsend, Brake deputy chief executive, said: “We echo Wiggins’ calls for cyclists to do everything they can to protect themselves, but it’s also critical that far more is done to make roads safer for cycling and walking.
“We are appealing to government and local authorities to give greater priority and investment to enabling people to walk and cycle in their own communities without their lives being endangered. We need more widespread 20mph limits, and safe routes for people choosing these healthy and sustainable forms of transport.”