Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Olympic Great Boardman: We Must Rethink Roads So That Riders Feel Safe; Pedal Power: Chris Boardman, Who Won a Gold Medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Right, Wants to Advise Boris Johnson on Cycling in London

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Olympic Great Boardman: We Must Rethink Roads So That Riders Feel Safe; Pedal Power: Chris Boardman, Who Won a Gold Medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Right, Wants to Advise Boris Johnson on Cycling in London

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Byline: MARK PRIGG

THE mastermind of Britain's cycling gold medal haul today called for a complete overhaul of London's roads.

Chris Boardman told the Evening Standard he wants to see roads transformed to make them safe for cyclists.

And the Olympic star said he would be happy to advise Mayor Boris Johnson.

Boardman, 40, said: "In order to make cycling in London viable Boris Johnson really needs to make some ballsy decisions, and now is the time to do it.

"At the moment cars have priority and that has to change." Boardman has proposed re-painting road markings to give cyclists more room and giving them two-way access on one-way roads.

Kensington and Chelsea council is already testing a scheme for cyclists to be exempt from one-way road restrictions after hundreds of cyclists were found to be flouting the rules. Boardman wants to see an expansion of this kind of scheme across London.

He said: "People just do not feel safe on the roads. …

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