Chris Hoy calls for cycle safety to be priority

Sir Chris Hoy.  Picture: Michael Gillen
Sir Chris Hoy. Picture: Michael Gillen
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OlympiAN Sir Chris Hoy has warned that it could take more deaths on the road before politicians take action to improve cycling safety.

The six-time gold medallist, who grew up in the Capital, said that although Britain was heading in the right direction to reduce dangers, any significant change was “not going to be easy”.

His comments echo the thoughts of Edinburgh-based cyclists who are campaigning for better conditions in the light of several deaths.

Sir Chris – who was recently back in Edinburgh to help launch his new range of children’s bikes – said: “There can always be more done to improve safety on the roads. It has become an issue because of the popularity of cycling – in a way it takes headlines and awful accidents to really get the attention of the people who can make the decision that can improve the environment for cycling.

Sir Chris added: “We are a very congested small island, but all the more reason to be putting cycling at the forefront. We can reduce the number of other vehicles on the road and get more bikes on the road.”