My followers won't be surprised at my response to this nonsense but I am sure that the DoH ministers, to whom I have now written, will now have some food for thought. Here's my letter.
Dear Mr Hunt,
I am very concerned about Dame Sally's recommendation that road cycling is
a good alternative to obesity and health issues.
For a start obesity is more about diet, lack of school sports, outside
play, sedentary computer games and so on but although, on the face of it, road
cycling for children is a good answer, especially to get to school, in reality,
it is very ill conceived and highly dangerous. There are much safer ways of
getting good all round exercise.
Let's actually look at what road cycling entails. It is placing one's
unprotected body, on a slender metal frame on two flimsy wheels amongst and
mingling with many large pieces of fast moving essential machinery, operated by
complete strangers, of varying ability and mental capacity. Would humans
normally wish to do that if it weren't cycling? How on earth can such a concept
Perhaps the ongoing claims and demands for massive changes on our roads and
to vehicles as well as more driver prosecution and liability is, in itself, a
confirmation that not only is the concept dangerous, but that we are failing to
acknowledge that it is by impossibly addressing the wrong answers too.
I have compiled two web pages where you can see for yourselves how
dangerous and unhealthy road cycling actually is. The first http://bit.ly/HSkRAS (I update
these continuously) and in one example one head teacher lost two students in two
entirely separate road accidents. I ask 'Could that head teacher seriously
recommend road cycling for kiddies now?' Can you in all seriousness?
On this page http://bit.ly/1e900Cq I focus on the road accidents
injuries and deaths of top cyclists to show that, the more one does it, the more
chance of being maimed and killed.How can the DoH ignore the concept, deaths and injuries of cyclists in
recommending road cycling?
I don't suppose Dame Sally will now alter her advice, unless of course she
accepts some culpability for death and injury of those who act on it.
Thank you for your correspondence of 28 March to Jeremy Hunt, copied to Dan Poulter and Jane Ellison about the safety of cycling for children. I have been asked to reply.
Ministerial Correspondence and Public Enquiries
Department of Health
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