Alex Bowden August 29 2017
Sky’s Adam Boulton really has his finger on the pulse. You probably thought that everyone in the country was 100 per cent sold on cycling, but in a Sunday Times article, he exclusively reveals that “a backlash could be stirring against cyclophilia.”
Boulton, it seems, is auditioning to lead it.
“At last the wheels are coming off our senseless worship of bicycles” is the headline; “Forget about zombies and North Koreans: the cyclists are coming,” is the opening line.
Finally, someone’s bringing a little bit of balance to the cycling debate.
Sky has championed everyday cycling via its sponsorship of British Cycling and is of course still involved with bike racing via its pro team, but the editor-at-large of Sky News is clearly on a different page from his employer.
“Cycling is still a minority activity and likely to remain so. Lawmakers should balance how they cater to cyclists against the interests of the vast majority who don’t cycle,” he recommends.
“There is fear — for pedestrians of not seeing a fast and largely silent projectile; for motorists of being in an accident with someone who may not obey the rules of the road. There is inconvenience too. Inner-city cycle lanes, largely deserted outside rush hours, cause congestion on squeezed roads.”
Boulton continues by inadvertently writing a parody of The Birds, which would presumably be called The Bikes.
“Many urban businesses are now having to provide showers for their Lycra-clad workers, and bikes are being brought into the office because their owners fear to leave them outside. Meanwhile, official documents commend cyclists for avoiding overcrowded commuter transport and then advocate more space for bikes on trains.”
At one point he expresses his belief that, “anyone who complains that cycling is evolving in the UK without proper regulation and at the expense of pedestrians and motorists faces ridicule and online abuse.”