London Mayor Commits to Cycle Fest After Traffic ChaosThomas Penny
London Mayor Boris Johnson said he will stage a repeat next year of the Ride London 100 cycling event that led to traffic disruption on Aug. 4.
Roads in the U.K. capital and bridges over the River Thames were closed for the event, which involved nearly 16,000 cyclists, leading to complaints over the shutdown and consequent traffic jams. Johnson heard more criticism in his monthly phone-in show on London’s LBC radio station today.
“I want to renew my apologies to all the people driving around London who felt inconvenienced,” the mayor said. “But I do think it was worth it, folks.”
The event, sponsored by Prudential Plc and organized by the mayor’s office, saw amateur cyclists including Johnson pedal a 100-mile (160-kilometer) route through London and into Surrey, to the southwest of the city, as well as a professional road race.
Johnson also said he has been told that a tricycle is being built in the style of London’s Barclays Plc-sponsored hire bikes as a gift from the mayor for Prince George, the son of Prince William and third in line to the U.K. throne, who was born on July 22.