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Cycling licences? Cycling number plates?? Grant Shapps’ silly suggestions slammed plus tales from LEL on the road.cc Podcast

Cycling licences? Cycling number plates?? Grant Shapps' silly suggestions slammed plus tales from LEL on the road.cc Podcast

roadcc podcast episode 32 image It’s been a strange old week for cyclists in the UK, as some rather infuriating comments from the transport secretary…

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roadcc podcast episode 32 image It’s been a strange old week for cyclists in the UK, as some rather infuriating comments from the transport secretary Grant Shapps published in a certain tabloid led to a vicious and sometimes disturbing narrative playing out on social media, radio and even nation television.

To clarify for anyone who hasn’t had an internet connection these last few days, earlier this week an article was published in the Daily Mail that quoted Shapps as saying that he thought cyclists "should have number plates, be insured and subject to speed limits" ( though he now denies having said this ). What followed was a media frenzy about cyclists during a hugely turbulent time for transport in the UK, which many experts have claimed detracted from far more serious issues that need to be dealt with by Shapps’ department.

Why on earth has Shapps seemingly sought to undo some of the good work done by the Government to encourage cycling since the start of the pandemic? We were joined by Cycling UK’s Duncan Dollimore to dissect this disappointing diatribe, and he had this to say:

"We’ve had no new documentation or evidence or research published [on the proposed registration of cyclists] just a briefing to the Daily Mail.

"That rather implies that policy is being suggested or made up a little bit on the hoof, where more so than in any other area, things to do with road safety should be based on evidence and statistics.

"If you look at […]

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