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Olympic hero supports Liverpool cycling scheme

Olympic medallist Chris Boardman Credit: PA Images

Olympic cycling legend Chris Boardman will be back in Liverpool today to mark the installation of the 100th citybike station at Liverpool Innovation Park. citybike is the largest public bicycle scheme outside of London.

The bikes have been hired a grand total of 25,000 hires since the scheme started in May. To mark the milestone citybike is holding a special opening ceremony with Chris.

Olympian backs new "Think Bikes" campaign

80% of drivers say it's hard to spot cyclists and motorbikes Credit: Automobile Association

Cheshire's Olympic cycling champion, Chris Boardman is backing a new campaign calling on drivers to "Think Bikes".

New figures from the AA say more than 80% of drivers say they have trouble spotting cyclists and motorcyclists.

More than half are often ‘surprised when a cyclist appears from nowhere’.

The "Think Bike" campaign has government support Credit: PA

Chris Boardman, a world time trial champion in 1994, is British Cycling's policy adviser and backing the AA's campaign.

He said "This is a welcome step in creating a culture of mutual respect between all road users."

He went on "We know that cyclists and drivers are often the same people – nine out of 10 British Cycling members also drive a car. This sticker campaign reflects the importance of looking out for everyone on the road, regardless of what form of transport they use."

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British Cycling's ten-point plan

British Cycling has announced its ten-point plan as it aims "to transform Britain into a cycling nation".

  • Cycle-proofing
  • Meaningful consistent level of investment
  • Consistent political leadership
  • Cycling safety on the driving test
  • Strengthen cycling safety in the Highway Code
  • Road and cycle safety awareness
  • Reducing risk to cyclists from HGVs
  • Cycle training available for all children
  • Reduce speed limits

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