Alex Bowden September 2 2016
Says he has become irrationally worried about his family riding bikes “even though statistically I know it’s safe”
Chris Boardman has said that the death of his mother has strengthened his resolve in campaigning for a better cycling network, reports the Daily Post. Carol Boardman was killed in a road traffic collision in North Wales in July. “You wonder whether, if we had space to do it, would that have happened?” he said.
Speaking on Radio Five Live, Boardman said of his mother’s death: “It’s desperately, horribly ironic really, considering what I do for a living. My mum was out riding her bike, doing something she loved. I won’t talk about it much because I am still coming to terms with it and there is still an investigation, but it is a needless death which is such a shame.”
Boardman joined 10 of Team GB’s medal winning cyclists from Rio in writing to Prime Minister Theresa May this week. The letter said that the best way to honour the cyclists’ achievements would be to put in place “a legacy of every-day cycling” underpinned by investment of 5 per cent of the transport budget.
He said of his campaigning for improved cycle infrastructure:
“It was something that my mum believed in. Her death doesn’t change anything. It perhaps strengthens my resolve, but it was something that we already believed in.
“That’s the place we want to live, where people get around by bikes and walking…”