Un­ex­pected greet­ing as Boris sad­dles up

Mayor was launch­ing cy­cle su­per­high­way

Harefield Gazette - - NEWS - By Nathan Spen­de­low

LON­DON Mayor and lo­cal MP Boris John­son had a photo op­por­tu­nity ru­ined last week by a cy­clist who showed him the fin­ger.

Tory MP Mr John­son, who rep­re­sents Uxbridge and South Ruislip, got on his bike to in­au­gu­rate the cap­i­tal’s first fully seg­re­gated cy­cle su­per­high­way on Thurs­day, Novem­ber 19.

But the mo­ment was spoiled in com­i­cal fash­ion when a grumpy com­muter who Boris was wav­ing at gave him the fin­ger.

Boris, who is a keen cy­clist, was un­daunted and said: “We’ve brought a bit of Am­s­ter­dam to the un­likely en­vi­rons of Vaux­hall, open­ing up ac­cess to huge swathes of south Lon­don for safer cy­cling.

“I’ve al­ways be­lieved that more Lon­don­ers would cy­cle if they felt safer and this new route al­ready proves it.

“The as­tound­ing rises in cy­cling through Vaux­hall should lay gen­tly to rest any doubts about the need for my new su­per­high­ways, the pent-up de­mand in Lon­don for cy­cling – and the part my cy­cle lanes can play in tak­ing other ve­hi­cles off our crowded streets.

“With Lon­don’s pop­u­la­tion grow­ing by 10,000 a month, there are only two ways to keep traf­fic mov­ing – build more roads, which is for the most part phys­i­cally im­pos­si­ble, or en­cour­age the use of ve­hi­cles, such as bikes, which bet­ter use the space on the roads we’ve al­ready got.”

The scene was cap­tured as Mr John­son chris­tened Route CS5 by rid­ing across Vaux­hall Bridge. And the cheeky cy­clist was not alone. The MP, who steps down as mayor next year, re­port­edly shrugged off a vol­ley of abuse from three dif­fer­ent com­muters dur­ing the event.

n GOOD MORN­ING: Mayor Boris John­son gets an un­wel­come greet­ing from a com­muter and (inset) at the launch of the su­per­high­way Pho­tos by Getty Im­ages

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