Chris Boardman recommends keeping your car for two months while travelling only by bike and public transport, then making a decision for the future Credit: Paul Cooper/Telegraph
The Covid-19 pandemic is inspiring many people to cycle to work in a bid to avoid rush hour trains and buses. But Chris Boardman, the Olympic gold medallist and British Cycling policy advisor, has gone one step further and sold his car.
“I’ve been using the bike to commute because I’ve been helping out in my local Halfords in Bidston,” explains Boardman, 51, who lives in the Wirral with his wife Sally and three of their six children. “When they had a massive increase of orders and no staff, I helped to build bikes one day a week. I said: OK, I will go two months without a car and see what it’s like. And it was fine. So I’ve given up the car. That’s quite a big step.”
Boardman hasn’t missed his Audi A5 – and the evidence suggests thousands of others are making a similar transition from car to bike