James Cracknell OBE has accepted an invitation to be a panellist at the Question Time session at the 2015 National Road Safety Conference*.
In 2010 he suffered a near fatal accident after being struck from behind by a truck while cycling through Arizona during an attempt to cycle, run, row and swim from Los Angeles to New York in record time – an incident that probably would have proved fatal if he hadn’t been wearing a cycle helmet.
After a difficult six-month recovery period, James returned to full fitness taking on more gruelling challenges including ‘The Coldest Race on Earth’ in the Canadian Yukon.
As a result of his life-threatening experience, James began championing road safety and became president of the LRSC in July of this year. He is also vice president of the charity Headway, which provides support for people who have suffered a brain injury.
Upon being named president of the LRSC, James Cracknell said: “Having been the victim of a road traffic accident, I know the devastating impact it can have, not only on the victim but on their family and friends.
“I cycle around London every day and am very aware of the need for all road users, however many wheels they have, to show empathy towards each other rather than antagonism. I plan to ensure this message is heard far and wide during my presidency.”
The Question Time session at National Conference follows the same format as the BBC programme of the same name. Delegates are invited to submit questions in advance for the panellists to answer on the day.