with Bobby McWheeler
Driving cyclists to distraction!
believe congratulations are in order to fellow unpaid
motoring enthusiast Mr Dunn for setting a new cross
town record in the sensibly sized Aygo car that he
was allocated to drive. This is what he said: “...my
first drive through Edinburgh’s rush hour was
a revelation, for the little car proved so nippy and
nimble that I am sure I set a personal best from the
office to the city bypass”.
question for City Cycling readers, Mr Dunn, is whether
you were faster than a push-bike? Knowing the rush
hour traffic I doubt it. The other bad thing about
your record was that it was done in a T*y*t*. I have
now decided to cut the oxygen of publicity from this
brand as a protest against their wholly contrary stance
on promoting sensible cars. And it’s not just
me. No less a motoring authority than Alexei Sayle
has also made comments that T*y*t* have totally ignored
(apart from cancelling ads in the Independent newspaper
for a couple of weeks!).
is what Alexei said... “Recently, several
friends of mine have either talked about buying or
have bought hybrids or electric cars such as the Toyota
Prius or Honda IMA. This is what we on the left call
"an empty gesture". As I understand it,
the fuel consumption of hybrids is not much different
to a modern diesel, and an electric car just transfers
fuel consumption and pollution to the power station.
the reason that people buy these cars is for their
own motives rather than for the planet's benefit.
They want to assuage their own guilt about driving,
and they want to send a signal to other motorists
that they are not like them, they are not self-indulgent
swine but, rather, caring, kind, drivers who care
about the environment.”
couldn’t have put it better myself (that is
so true! - Ed). I was also cheered up immensely to
find out that Alexei almost knows as much about cars
as I know about comedy and still gets asked to write.
The Indy also has an authoritative cycling writer
that does seem to know what he’s talking about.
Some of you may wish that I would take a break and
let Mr Robert Hanks have his say - here’s a
short extract of his approach from The Independent:
The Cycling Column, November 22, 2005.
is part of everyday life, not a hobby stuck on the
side; you stick to what's practical, and don't invest
a lot in specialised equipment and clothing. I do
most of my riding in a sturdy cotton twill suit (mind
you, things might be different if I had the buttocks