Sir Chris calls for truce in ‘war’ between cyclists and motorists
OLYMPIC champion Sir Chris Hoy has called for an end to the ‘cyclist versus motorist’ battle in towns and cities after warning that lives are at risk.
Sir Chris said both sides need to have a better understanding of each other and be more considerate.
The recent increase in the popularity of cycling particularly in urban areas – has changed the dynamic of driving. Sir Chris, who is Britain’s most successful Olympic athlete with six gold medals, called for a change in behaviour by both.
He said: “People’s lives are at risk and it’s time to stop having a them versus us. In reality most cyclists drive and vice versa.
“We have to try and put ourselves in the shoes of another person.”
Sir Chris was speaking at the Cheltenham Literature Festival to promote his new book, How to Ride a Bike.
He told the audience that the Hollywood film ET inspired him to ride a bike for the first time.
“I had never seen a BMX bike before,” he said.
“I was six years of age, saw this film and it was the way they used the bikes with jumps and going around corners, and I had never seen a bike ridden in that manner.
“I thought this was exciting and that got me hooked,” said Sir Chris.
Sir Chris Hoy