Politicians and their bikes



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Dr Kickstand

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I was wondering what other Politicians cycle. I know David Cameron is
one.... What about Gordo?

Tks
Dr K

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Marc Brett

Guest
On 11 May 2007 16:09:56 -0700, Dr Kickstand <[email protected]>
wrote:

>I was wondering what other Politicians cycle. I know David Cameron is
>one.... What about Gordo?


Google throws up a few...

Anne Campbell, former MP for Cambridge, who managed to get a 7p/mile
allowance for MPs to cycle. (since increased to 20p/mile)

Ben Bradshaw, Exeter, Labour

Boris Johnson, Henley, Conservative, not a member of APPCG

Sir George Young, North West Hampshire, Conservative, The Bicycling
Baronet, patron of APPCG

Emily Thornberry, Islington South and Finsbury, Labour, chair of APPCG

David Cameron, Whitney, Conservative

Peter Bottomly, Worthing West, Conservative


The APPCG (All Party Parliamentary Cycling Group) has about 40 members.
 
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Andreas =?iso-8859-1?Q?Schulze-B=E4ing?=

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Am 11 May 2007 16:09:56 -0700 schrieb Dr Kickstand:

> I was wondering what other Politicians cycle. I know David Cameron is
> one....


You mean cycling for the camera or really cycling?
There was a report about it on the BBC - only four MPs were cycling back in
2002.
<http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/2515793.stm>
According this letter in the Guardian Boris Johnson and a couple of other
politicians cycle as well and the number of cycling MPs seems to be higher.
<http://www.guardian.co.uk/commentisfree/story/0,,1806683,00.html>
They are members of the All-Party Parliamentary Cycling Group
http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm/cmparty/060210/memi183.htm

> What about Gordo?


I doubt that he cycles. Plus he's blind on one eye, which might make it
more difficult to cycle.

David Miliband seems to cycle every now and then - and is at the same time
convinced about the benefits of a helmet:
<http://www.davidmiliband.defra.gov.uk/blogs/ministerial_blog/archive/2007/04/30/8317.aspx>

Oh - and in his early days Mr Blair once cycled... presumably a Gazelle
bike. He should have kept that for getting around London...
<http://www.stern.de/politik/ausland/:Gro%DFbritannien-Tony-Blair-27.-Juni/588736.html?cp=9>
Apparently on that meeting Helmut Kohl and a couple of other heavyweight
European leaders refused to use the bicycles provided.

Andreas
 
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Nick Kew

Guest
On Sat, 12 May 2007 08:34:08 +0100
Andreas Schulze-Bäing <[email protected]> wrote:

> > What about Gordo?

>
> I doubt that he cycles. Plus he's blind on one eye, which might make
> it more difficult to cycle.


Yep, would tend to make cycling unsafe.
Put him onna tandem, with Cameron for eyes!

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Andreas =?iso-8859-1?Q?Schulze-B=E4ing?=

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Am Sat, 12 May 2007 10:00:04 +0100 schrieb Nick Kew:

> On Sat, 12 May 2007 08:34:08 +0100
> Andreas Schulze-Bäing <[email protected]> wrote:
>
>>> What about Gordo?

>>
>> I doubt that he cycles. Plus he's blind on one eye, which might make
>> it more difficult to cycle.

>
> Yep, would tend to make cycling unsafe.
> Put him onna tandem, with Cameron for eyes!


Is that the prospect of a grand coalition? :)

Andreas
 
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Danny Colyer

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Nick Kew wrote (of Gordon Brown):
> Yep, would tend to make cycling unsafe.
> Put him onna tandem, with Cameron for eyes!


I dunno about that. Can anyone actually imagine the Labour party being
steered by a Tory?
;-)

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David Martin

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On May 12, 11:14 am, Danny Colyer <[email protected]> wrote:
> Nick Kew wrote (of Gordon Brown):
>
> > Yep, would tend to make cycling unsafe.
> > Put him onna tandem, with Cameron for eyes!

>
> I dunno about that. Can anyone actually imagine the Labour party being
> steered by a Tory?
> ;-)


Where have you been?

...d
 
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Alex Potter

Guest
On Sat, 12 May 2007 11:14:11 +0100, Danny Colyer wrote:

> Nick Kew wrote (of Gordon Brown):
>> Yep, would tend to make cycling unsafe. Put him onna tandem, with
>> Cameron for eyes!

>
> I dunno about that. Can anyone actually imagine the Labour party being
> steered by a Tory?
> ;-)


Hasn't that been the position since New Labour gained power?


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Peter Clinch

Guest
Alex Potter wrote:
> On Sat, 12 May 2007 11:14:11 +0100, Danny Colyer wrote:
>
>> Nick Kew wrote (of Gordon Brown):
>>> Yep, would tend to make cycling unsafe. Put him onna tandem, with
>>> Cameron for eyes!

>> I dunno about that. Can anyone actually imagine the Labour party being
>> steered by a Tory?
>> ;-)

>
> Hasn't that been the position since New Labour gained power?


Call that steering!? ;-/

Pete.
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John Kane

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On May 11, 7:09 pm, Dr Kickstand <[email protected]> wrote:
> I was wondering what other Politicians cycle. I know David Cameron is
> one.... What about Gordo?
>
> Tks
> Dr K
>
> www.bikesthatfold.com- Bikes That Fold is a resource for folding
> bikes


George W Bush but apparently he runs into people.

John Kane, Kingston ON Canada
 
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Alex Potter

Guest
On Sat, 12 May 2007 12:42:45 +0100, Peter Clinch wrote:

> Alex Potter wrote:
>> On Sat, 12 May 2007 11:14:11 +0100, Danny Colyer wrote:
>>
>>> Nick Kew wrote (of Gordon Brown):
>>>> Yep, would tend to make cycling unsafe. Put him onna tandem, with
>>>> Cameron for eyes!
>>> I dunno about that. Can anyone actually imagine the Labour party
>>> being steered by a Tory?
>>> ;-)

>>
>> Hasn't that been the position since New Labour gained power?

>
> Call that steering!? ;-/
>
> Pete.


More like "led by the nose" ;)

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Andreas =?iso-8859-1?Q?Schulze-B=E4ing?=

Guest
Am Sat, 12 May 2007 11:54:40 GMT schrieb Alex Potter:

> On Sat, 12 May 2007 12:42:45 +0100, Peter Clinch wrote:
>
>> Alex Potter wrote:
>>> On Sat, 12 May 2007 11:14:11 +0100, Danny Colyer wrote:
>>>
>>>> Nick Kew wrote (of Gordon Brown):
>>>>> Yep, would tend to make cycling unsafe. Put him onna tandem, with
>>>>> Cameron for eyes!
>>>> I dunno about that. Can anyone actually imagine the Labour party
>>>> being steered by a Tory?
>>>> ;-)
>>>
>>> Hasn't that been the position since New Labour gained power?

>>
>> Call that steering!? ;-/
>>
>> Pete.

>
> More like "led by the nose" ;)


Or "led by spin"... ;->

Andreas
 
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Alistair Gunn

Guest
Dr Kickstand twisted the electrons to say:
> I was wondering what other Politicians cycle. I know David Cameron is
> one.... What about Gordo?


Hugh Bayley, the MP for York has a bike in York and a bike in London.
Apparently, he brings the London bike up to York on the train when it
needs servicing so I guess that means he even has experience of bikes on
public transport.
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the.Mark

Guest
In article <[email protected]>,
[email protected] says...
> On Sat, 12 May 2007 08:34:08 +0100
> Andreas Schulze-Bäing <[email protected]> wrote:
>
> > > What about Gordo?

> >
> > I doubt that he cycles. Plus he's blind on one eye, which might make
> > it more difficult to cycle.

>
> Yep, would tend to make cycling unsafe.
> Put him onna tandem, with Cameron for eyes!
>

I don't think cycling while blind in one eye would be unsafe. I
used to watch speedway and there was one rider who lost an eye
and could still race.
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Paul Boyd

Guest
On 12/05/2007 16:10, the.Mark said,

> I don't think cycling while blind in one eye would be unsafe. I
> used to watch speedway and there was one rider who lost an eye
> and could still race.


I believe you are allowed to drive with only one eye, and if that is the
case then why not be allowed to cycle? I just wish some of the drivers
I encountered just now would use even one eye :)

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http://www.paul-boyd.co.uk/
 
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Roos Eisma

Guest
the.Mark <[email protected]> writes:

>I don't think cycling while blind in one eye would be unsafe. I=20
>used to watch speedway and there was one rider who lost an eye=20
>and could still race.


One of my aunts had detached retinas when she was younger and was sort of
blind in one eye and mostly in the other. She was taking ultralight flying
lessons without problems, using other tricks to estimate distance to the
ground etc. It only came out when she went for exam and someone thought to
check her eyesight.

Roos
 
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ts

Guest
Alistair Gunn <[email protected]> wrote:

> Dr Kickstand twisted the electrons to say:
> > I was wondering what other Politicians cycle. I know David Cameron is
> > one.... What about Gordo?

>
> Hugh Bayley, the MP for York has a bike in York and a bike in London.
> Apparently, he brings the London bike up to York on the train when it
> needs servicing so I guess that means he even has experience of bikes on
> public transport.


And perhaps experience of what it is like getting his bike serviced in
London? :)

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Simon Brooke

Guest
in message <[email protected]>, Paul Boyd
('[email protected]') wrote:

> On 12/05/2007 16:10, the.Mark said,
>
>> I don't think cycling while blind in one eye would be unsafe. I
>> used to watch speedway and there was one rider who lost an eye
>> and could still race.

>
> I believe you are allowed to drive with only one eye, and if that is the
> case then why not be allowed to cycle?


You're allowed to drive if you're registered blind, and on the motorway of
the blind the one-eyed man is, errmm, Clarkson.

No, scratch that. Clarkson may /have/ eyes, but I don't believe he uses
them when driving.

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Ambrose Nankivell

Guest
ts wrote:
> Alistair Gunn <[email protected]> wrote:
>
>> Dr Kickstand twisted the electrons to say:
>>> I was wondering what other Politicians cycle. I know David Cameron is
>>> one.... What about Gordo?

>> Hugh Bayley, the MP for York has a bike in York and a bike in London.
>> Apparently, he brings the London bike up to York on the train when it
>> needs servicing so I guess that means he even has experience of bikes on
>> public transport.

>
> And perhaps experience of what it is like getting his bike serviced in
> London? :)
>

Do you think he goes to Evans?

Cue elyob ;)
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