I am calling on the UK Government to do something good with the legacy of London 2012 - encourage safe cycling for all.
2012 was the year in which the popularity of cycling in Britain reached fever pitch, with the success of Bradley Wiggins in the Tour de France and the Olympics, along with other high-profile cyclists. However, it was also a year that saw a significant number of road accidents involving cyclists, with a total of 122 fatalities. These fatalities spanned a wide age range, from 8-year-olds to a man in his 90s.
Recently, Wiggins was injured in a bike crash, and so, at the same time, was his coach Shane Sutton. The latter accident was more serious than the former, but these incidents prove that all cyclists - including the best riders in the world - are in danger on Britain's roads. For many, myself included, the bicycle is the most convenient way of getting around that we can afford, but the lack of adequate cycle routes force many cyclists onto the roads, mostly populated by less vulnerable drivers of cars, vans and HGVs, needlessly risking their lives.
The answer, then, is to re-think our towns and take cyclists' needs into account when planning routes. This could be achieved by providing more cycle lanes and dividing pavements to accomodate riders and walkers. The idea of sharing the road with motorists will not be welcomed by every driver. There has been much talk of ensuring a lasting legacy of the Olympics - Team GB did best in cycling so this, surely, is a good place to start.
With more people than ever enjoying cycling, now is the time to take action. Otherwise, more cyclists - possibly even professional ones - could risk riding into the next world.