'I'm actually quite angry because I looked at the road furniture and thought nobody can crash here and get up. This was way past technical, this was dangerous.' Chris Boardman, multi million pound profiteer of killer cycling's response to the horrific Rio Olympic road race cycling crash. See it here.
This is a classic Cycle Lobby denial that, the concept of cycling, to be high off the ground, unprotected and travelling at speeds which are bound to cause injury and often death by crashing, is in any way to blame for anything. In this case it's all down to the organisers. How typical of him. See the Economist on this.
Here is the multi millionaire cycling profiteer, enjoying a 5 star jaunt to Rio, whilst still presumably mourning his recently killed mother who died from cycling, and possibly whilst riding one of his bikes too. So clearly people, dying from cycling, doesn't deter this man from promoting it, whilst his machines are still being sold in large numbers then. In the name of unnecessary road death and road safety, I did ask Chris to join with me to discourage this killer concept. But it seems that even the death of his mum, by cycling, isn't a strong enough reason for him to discourage road cycling. See the blog here.
But it is in this story about Boardman riding without a helmet that his dangerous, unrealistic and irresponsible nature, to encourage people to do more cycling and buy more bikes, is revealed.
He says: “[Helmets] discourage people from riding their bikes,” he said. “You are as safe riding your bike as you are walking.'
So traveling at four or five times the speed of walking, unable to stop instantly, on an unstable machine is just as safe?
And here is the typical Cycle Lobby denial by blaming others for their death and injury.
"I won’t promote high vis and helmets; I won’t let the debate be drawn onto a topic that isn’t even in the top 10 things that will really keep people who want to cycle safe.”
“It’s a bit like saying people are sniping at you going down this street, so put some body armour on.” - He says.
See more at: http://www.roadsafetygb.org.uk/news/3413.html#sthash.N6577MKe.dpuf
The anti driver group BRAKE, seemed to reiterate Boardman's view here: 'Brake encourages cycle helmet use as an easy step to protect yourself from head injury in the event of a crash.
Read more: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2818854/Olympian-Boardman-refuses-wear-helmet-BBC-clip-cycling-safety.html#ixzz4GlxAMRHV
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And here we have the syndrome: 'It doesn't matter how dead I am or how paraplegic I am so long as we can blame someone.' Come in through my Pearly Gates Mr Boardman' says St Peter. 'You didn't have to wear a helmet and you didn't have to ride a bike and you didn't even cause the accident and I am not going to stop you going into heaven for being silly. You are welcome'.
There were only cyclists involved in the Rio crash Mr Boardman. No drivers. You are so keen on bike sales, that you say that cyclists, often at speeds faster than mopeds, are never going to crash into trees, parked cars, fall off and hit their heads on kerbs all on their own?
How can anyone take this utterly self promoting dangerous man seriously when it comes to road and cycling safety?
And yet a cycling sympathetic Select Committee, listened to Boardman & without any interrogation, recommended his demand for £10 per head per year from every man Jack of us. Nearly 3/4 £ billion, some £650,000,000 for road cycling from which he profits. How on Earth has this escaped comment? See the story of the meeting here.