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Media monitor: Issue 590 17 Feb 2012

Cycle safety moves up the political agenda after launch of Times campaign

After a Times journalist was seriously injured whilst cycling to work the paper launched a major campaign to try and improve safety for cyclists, which appears already to have borne some fruit at the political level.

Rik Thomas

In early February The Times launched what has become an extended campaign to make Britain’s roads safer for the nation’s cyclists. The impetus for the campaign was the serious injury sustained by one of the paper’s news reporters, Mary Bowers, whilst cycling to work. “However regularly you may cycle on Britain’s city streets and however aware you are of the risks of doing so, it is not until you have seen one of your closest friends and colleagues stretchered off...

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