Originally I thought this article in The Times was written by one Jeremy Clarkson, which gave it a completely different tone for me. Then I realised that the picture at the top of the article, titled, “I don’t ride a bike, why should I support measures to boost cycling?”, was a picture of him, but was not a picture of the author. I mean, it sounds like Clarkson. I was dissapointed, because the article is a rather good one in support of cycling, showing that cycling can make life easier and maybe even better for everyone whether or not you use a bike. Further, if this was to come from the mouth (or pen) of someone who has promoted the automobile above all else in life and has ridiculed cycling (I think I will discuss his mixed views in another post) that would have at least some positive impact on the motorists negative opinion of cycling. Alas, it was only a picture of the Clarkson who has allegedly come to the support of cycling (and I will find out in what capacity this occurred, and how… and why).
In any case, the article, while not breaking news, is still a good one to disseminate amongst the non-cycling population who believe that cyclists are a problem rather than the solution.