Reported in The Times, the government have turned down Sir Chris Hoy’s offer to become a national cycling tzar. A government spokesman commented, “Sir Chris is completely unsuitable as he has a long track record of delivery and success at a world-class level, and this is not aligned with our ambitions for cycling”.
The demand for a senior figure to promote cycling is a core demand in The Times’s Cities Fit for Cycling campaign and a key recommendation in the Get Britain Cycling report, which was debated in Parliament last week.
A Downing Street spokesman said yesterday that they “warmly welcome” Sir Chris’s desire to get “more people cycling more safely and more often”, but added that they “don’t have any current plans to appoint a national cycling champion”.
Martin Gibbs, policy director at British Cycling, said: “Be it Sir Chris Hoy, Chris Boardman, or someone else who really understands what has to happen to transform our roads, the Government needs someone with the power to champion cycling and ensure an integrated approach across departments.