Post by roger richards on Jan 11, 2021 19:00:31 GMT
While I might not hold our current PM in particularly high regard, I am surprised to see him being criticised for riding his bike 7 miles from Downing Street, even by the Daily Mail, which is normally hugely supportive of him. Ignoring political affiliations, is this right or wrong? I rode out around Biggin Hill on Saturday (Solo), which is definitely more than 7 miles from my home, and assumed that that was fine. Do I need to rethink? And if so, what is considered permissible?
Patently ludicrous to suggest that a 7 mile ride is an inappropriate degree of exercise or not “local”. Suspect that even worse in their eyes is he may have used a bike Lane taking valuable road space from SUVs.
Actually the Mail on line has done nothing but slag Johnson off for months. Seems he is no longer flavour of the month. I think he needs to set an example and should have stayed in Hyde Park or gone to Regents which are both nearer.
Post by roger richards on Jan 13, 2021 17:16:51 GMT
I guess that if the right wing press have the chance to get cycling in their sites, then the danger is that this could lead to a clampdown on cycling as a form of exercise, in England. From what I've read, it sounds as though cycling is already limited to a certain range in Northern Ireland (10 miles from home) & Scotland (5 miles from the boundary of the authority that you live in). I really hope that this doesn't happen, but I will not be surprised!
Actually the Scottish guidance (or my reading of it) is much clearer and not restricted in distance:
local outdoor recreation, sport or exercise, walking, cycling, golf, or running that starts and finishes at the same place (which can be up to 5 miles from the boundary of your local authority area) as long as you abide by the rules on meeting other households