James Cracknell OBE, the new president of the London Road Safety Council, attended a Bikeability training session in south-west London recently.
With his son having completed a Level 2 Bikeability course a few weeks ago, James was keen to meet the instructors to thank them for the work they do to help keep youngsters safe on the roads. He also wished the trainees well in their endeavours to become safe cyclists.
The event also coincided with the fifth anniversary of a horrific incident in which James Cracknell was knocked off his bike while cycling across Arizona in the USA.
In 2010, having completed a number of adventures including reaching the South Pole and rowing across the Atlantic, James turned his attention to a new challenge – cycling, running, rowing and swimming from Los Angeles to New York in record time.
Despite wearing illuminated clothing and safety equipment, James was struck by a truck while cycling through Arizona. He suffered a traumatic brain injury (TBI) and it is believed he would have been killed if he wasn’t wearing a cycle helmet.
Now, five years later and having fought his way back through a long recovery and rehabilitation process, James has taken on a new role leading London Road Safety Council into its centenary year (2017).
London Road Safety Council
Every year some 3,000 people are killed or seriously injured on London’s roads. London Road Safety Council aims to reduce these casualties by producing and promoting resources and publicity materials and by providing a forum to discuss London’s road safety issues.