Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Cycling in London Is as Dangerous as the Third World'

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

'Cycling in London Is as Dangerous as the Third World'

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Byline: Ross Lydall Chief News Correspondent

A BIKE courier who broke the record for cycling around the world says nothing compares to the dangers of London's roads.

Julian Sayarer, 29, from Hackney, is publishing a book, Life Cycles, next month about his 18,000-mile, 165-day circumnavigation of the globe.

He said: "It's ridiculous that central London roads are comparably anarchic to minor Third World countries in terms of drivers not indicating, U-turns being spun and the air quality, which is really embarrassing.

"I had some friends over from Paris recently and they were remarking on it. Chinese road culture doesn't make much of an allowance for cyclists but if you are going on a highway, there is plenty of room."

By comparison, he said, cycling in central London was an endless confrontation with lorries. "I'm aware that in order to be safe I have to be really, really assertive," he said. "You can understand why old ladies, young kids and nonassertive men don't really feel like taking on that challenge every day just to get to work. …

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