Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cue Boris and His Wheels of Fortune

Newspaper article The Evening Standard (London, England)

Cue Boris and His Wheels of Fortune

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Byline: Sarah Sands

IMPATIENT with a queue of cars in Dubai, I suggested we got out and walked the rest of the way. The response was incredulity. This is an option in London, not in Dubai. I did not see pavements, or any cyclists.

We are used to compromising on road space but that is about to change with the Mayor's cycle superhighways. Apparently, the discord Boris Johnson has caused in the Government over Brexit is nothing compared to the fury of ministers who cannot get to their constituencies or homes on a Friday. Dinner parties ruined, spouses sullen.

The Mayor has cheekily imposed his vision just outside Parliament, slicing off a great wodge of road for cyclists. Top Gear may be racing cars around Parliament Square but it is the cyclists who will have the last laugh.

Boris's legacy will be a two-wheeled one. His cycling persona is fundamental to his power base. The rest of the Cabinet turn up in sleek cars wearing sober suits. Boris saunters to the door of No 10 with a rucksack and a helmet. …

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