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Jeremy Vine: ‘We have let so much of our cities go over to cars that we’re having to pull it back’

Jeremy Vine: 'We have let so much of our cities go over to cars that we’re having to pull it back'

It should come as no surprise that Jeremy Vine thinks more needs to be done to make cycling safer and get more people on bikes,…

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It should come as no surprise that Jeremy Vine thinks more needs to be done to make cycling safer and get more people on bikes, with the 57-year-old journalist turning into one of the most prominent cycling campaigners in the UK.

It will also come as no surprise to the readers of Cycling Weekly that cycling on Britain’s roads is a dangerous activity; however, the BBC Radio 2 and Channel 5 presenter still faces vitriol for voicing seemingly common sense opinions on the issue.

In an interview with The Guardian , published on Friday, Vine said: "We have let so much of our cities go over to cars that we’re having to pull it back, and that requires incredibly difficult politics.”

However, he added: "This is not a political thing – if you can create safe cycling space, you have the potential to free up thousands of miles of the transport network, and cleaning up the city, making it safer.”

Although if you do this, doing the common sense thing, “you run into the sort of opposition that doesn’t make any sense at all, the most bizarre pressure groups".

Earlier this month Vine criticised the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Council (RKBC) accusing them of being “anti cyclist after a "horror show’" journey with his wife.

The presenter explained that he started cycling in his mid-40s after he was getting “fatter and sadder”, and now rides 15 miles every weekday.“It’s all you need to stay fit,” he explained. “As someone brilliantly said, the […]

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