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Thursday, January 12th 2017 at 1:54PM GMT
Last month Transport Secretary Chris Grayling was caught on camera dooring a cyclist; today when challenged about this in parliament he showed his ignorance over the legal definitions of road users.
In a December interview with the Evening Standard, the Minister of State for Transport seemed to deny that cyclists were road users.
“I don’t think all the cycle lanes in London have been designed as well as they should have been,” said Grayling.
“There are places where they perhaps cause too much of a problem for road users …”
He should have said “motorists” not “road users”. And his ignorance was again highlighted this morning when, in the House of Commons, he said: “Where you have cycle lanes, cyclists are the users of cycle lanes, and there is a road alongside, motorists are the users of the roads.”
Article continues belowHe compounded his ignorance by smirking: “It’s fairly straightforword to be honest.”
According to the Road Traffic Act, a road “means any highway … to which the public has access.” The public highway includes footways, cycle tracks as well as the carriageways.
British Cycling’s policy adviser Chris Boardman said Grayling’s comments demonstrate an “astonishing lack of knowledge about how seven million people regularly use the roads in this country. If he truly thinks the roads are not for cyclists then what am I paying my taxes for?”
January 12 2017
Secretary of State for Transport Chris Grayling has said that people riding in cycle lanes are not road users – leaving British Cycling policy advisor Chris Boardman feeling “embarrassed” for the Tory politician.
The cabinet minister was asked in Parliament today by Labour MP for Cambridge and shadow transport minister Daniel Zeichner to clarify remarks he made in a recent interview with the London Evening Standard, where he was quoted as saying “‘Cycle lanes cause problems for road users.”
Zeichner asked him: “I was wondering if he could clarify for the House exactly who he thinks road users are?”
Grayling replied: “Where you have cycle lanes, cyclists are the users of cycle lanes.
“And there’s a road alongside – the motorists are the road users, the users of the road.
“It’s fairly straightforward to be honest.”
Referring to the exchange, Boardman said: “The transport secretary’s comments demonstrate an astonishing lack of knowledge about how 7 million people regularly use the roads in this country.
“I feel embarrassed for him. If he truly thinks the roads are not for cyclists, then what am I paying my taxes for?
“Chris Grayling’s government has made a commitment to double cycling levels to help tackle congestion, obesity and air pollution – three issues that are at crisis point.
“The minister should also know that segregated cycle lanes of sufficient quality are incredibly rare in Britain.