Unexpected greeting as Boris saddles up
Mayor was launching cycle superhighway
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