Sir Chris calls for truce in ‘war’ be­tween cy­clists and mo­torists

Manchester Evening News - - NEWS -

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

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