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Old July 4th 20, 06:43 PM posted to uk.rec.cycling
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Default Chris Boardman goes car-free and is helping out at Halfords during lockdown

Doesn't wear a plastic hat either!
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Chris Boardman has revealed he sold his car after not using it for two months during lockdown.

Greater Manchester’s cycling and walking commissioner gave up his Audi A5 after not needing it during the coronavirus pandemic, and is encouraging others to try and go car-free for two months to see if they can survive using public transport, cycling and walking.

“Giving up the car is something more people could do,” Boardman told the Telegraph. “Keep the car as your comfort blanket for two months and just try travelling by public transport, cycling and walking and see how that feels. I live by an old Beeching line – a disused railway – and it’s just 30 minutes to a station that links to Liverpool or Chester, so I can get to Manchester for work. Without insurance, fuel and maintenance, I am already saving £800 a month.”

Boardman has also been cycling to his local Halfords, who acquired Boardman Bikes back in 2014, to help out amidst soaring sales and staff shortages.

“I’ve been using the bike to commute because I’ve been helping out in my local Halfords said. “When they had a massive increase in orders and no staff, I helped to build bikes one day a week.”

The Olympic gold medallist hopes the pandemic will help bring in a national cycling revolution, and says the government’s response to encouraging two-wheeled transport during the coronavirus has been exemplary.

“I keep saying we’ve got 20 days to change the next 20 years and I don’t think that is too melodramatic. In some places we have seen 300 per cent increases in bike journeys.

“You turned off traffic. You gave people a safer environment. And more people have been using bikes. We’ve shown we’re just as capable of being a cycling nation as anywhere else in Europe. So in the midst of this crisis you think: actually we could change the future here.”

The UK Government have fast-tracked £250m of emergency funding to create pop-up bike lanes, wider pavements, safer junctions, and cycle and bus-only corridors within weeks as part of new funding to support safe transport during the coronavirus pandemic.

Vouchers will also be issued to help people pay for bike repairs and plans are being developed to make more bike fixing facilities available.

“Wording in the announcement was strong, unequivocal and backed up by legislation with similarly clear wording for councils. We have never seen anything like this before, it is a step-change in the Government’s position that should not be underestimated,” Boardman told Cycling Weekly at the time.

https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/l...ockdown-459104
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Old July 4th 20, 08:22 PM posted to uk.rec.cycling
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Default Chris Boardman goes car-free and is helping out at Halfords during lockdown

On 04/07/2020 18:43, Simon Mason wrote:
Doesn't wear a plastic hat either!
QUOTE:
Chris Boardman has revealed he sold his car after not using it for two months during lockdown.

Greater Manchester’s cycling and walking commissioner gave up his Audi A5 after not needing it during the coronavirus pandemic, and is encouraging others to try and go car-free for two months to see if they can survive using public transport, cycling and walking.

“Giving up the car is something more people could do,” Boardman told the Telegraph. “Keep the car as your comfort blanket for two months and just try travelling by public transport, cycling and walking and see how that feels. I live by an old Beeching line – a disused railway – and it’s just 30 minutes to a station that links to Liverpool or Chester, so I can get to Manchester for work. Without insurance, fuel and maintenance, I am already saving £800 a month.”

Boardman has also been cycling to his local Halfords, who acquired Boardman Bikes back in 2014, to help out amidst soaring sales and staff shortages.

“I’ve been using the bike to commute because I’ve been helping out in my local Halfords said. “When they had a massive increase in orders and no staff, I helped to build bikes one day a week.”

The Olympic gold medallist hopes the pandemic will help bring in a national cycling revolution, and says the government’s response to encouraging two-wheeled transport during the coronavirus has been exemplary.

“I keep saying we’ve got 20 days to change the next 20 years and I don’t think that is too melodramatic. In some places we have seen 300 per cent increases in bike journeys.

“You turned off traffic. You gave people a safer environment. And more people have been using bikes. We’ve shown we’re just as capable of being a cycling nation as anywhere else in Europe. So in the midst of this crisis you think: actually we could change the future here.”

The UK Government have fast-tracked £250m of emergency funding to create pop-up bike lanes, wider pavements, safer junctions, and cycle and bus-only corridors within weeks as part of new funding to support safe transport during the coronavirus pandemic.

Vouchers will also be issued to help people pay for bike repairs and plans are being developed to make more bike fixing facilities available.

“Wording in the announcement was strong, unequivocal and backed up by legislation with similarly clear wording for councils. We have never seen anything like this before, it is a step-change in the Government’s position that should not be underestimated,” Boardman told Cycling Weekly at the time.

https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/l...ockdown-459104


So thirty minutes for SIR Chris Boardman.
How long for a mere mortal who isn't a three times world hour record
breaker and a gold medal winning Olympian?
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Old July 5th 20, 12:22 AM posted to uk.rec.cycling
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Default Chris Boardman goes car-free and is helping out at Halfordsduring lockdown

On 04/07/2020 18:43, Simon Mason wrote:
Doesn't wear a plastic hat either!
QUOTE:
Chris Boardman has revealed he sold his car after not using it for two months during lockdown.

Greater Manchester’s cycling and walking commissioner gave up his Audi A5 after not needing it during the coronavirus pandemic, and is encouraging others to try and go car-free for two months to see if they can survive using public transport, cycling and walking.

“Giving up the car is something more people could do,” Boardman told the Telegraph. “Keep the car as your comfort blanket for two months and just try travelling by public transport, cycling and walking and see how that feels. I live by an old Beeching line – a disused railway – and it’s just 30 minutes to a station that links to Liverpool or Chester, so I can get to Manchester for work. Without insurance, fuel and maintenance, I am already saving £800 a month.”

Boardman has also been cycling to his local Halfords, who acquired Boardman Bikes back in 2014, to help out amidst soaring sales and staff shortages.

“I’ve been using the bike to commute because I’ve been helping out in my local Halfords said. “When they had a massive increase in orders and no staff, I helped to build bikes one day a week.”

The Olympic gold medallist hopes the pandemic will help bring in a national cycling revolution, and says the government’s response to encouraging two-wheeled transport during the coronavirus has been exemplary.

“I keep saying we’ve got 20 days to change the next 20 years and I don’t think that is too melodramatic. In some places we have seen 300 per cent increases in bike journeys.

“You turned off traffic. You gave people a safer environment. And more people have been using bikes. We’ve shown we’re just as capable of being a cycling nation as anywhere else in Europe. So in the midst of this crisis you think: actually we could change the future here.”

The UK Government have fast-tracked £250m of emergency funding to create pop-up bike lanes, wider pavements, safer junctions, and cycle and bus-only corridors within weeks as part of new funding to support safe transport during the coronavirus pandemic.

Vouchers will also be issued to help people pay for bike repairs and plans are being developed to make more bike fixing facilities available.

“Wording in the announcement was strong, unequivocal and backed up by legislation with similarly clear wording for councils. We have never seen anything like this before, it is a step-change in the Government’s position that should not be underestimated,” Boardman told Cycling Weekly at the time.

https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/l...ockdown-459104


"...travelling by public transport..." is currently hazardous - and
therefore ill-advised - because of the unacceptable risk of infection
when in close proximity to strangers.

Fancy Boardman not knowing that.

Or perhaps "little people" just don't matter to him?
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Old July 5th 20, 10:55 AM posted to uk.rec.cycling
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Default Chris Boardman goes car-free and is helping out at Halfordsduring lockdown

On Saturday, July 4, 2020 at 8:22:20 PM UTC+1, soup wrote:
On 04/07/2020 18:43, Simon Mason wrote:
Doesn't wear a plastic hat either!
QUOTE:
Chris Boardman has revealed he sold his car after not using it for two months during lockdown.

Greater Manchester’s cycling and walking commissioner gave up his Audi A5 after not needing it during the coronavirus pandemic, and is encouraging others to try and go car-free for two months to see if they can survive using public transport, cycling and walking.

“Giving up the car is something more people could do,” Boardman told the Telegraph. “Keep the car as your comfort blanket for two months and just try travelling by public transport, cycling and walking and see how that feels. I live by an old Beeching line – a disused railway – and it’s just 30 minutes to a station that links to Liverpool or Chester, so I can get to Manchester for work. Without insurance, fuel and maintenance, I am already saving £800 a month.”

Boardman has also been cycling to his local Halfords, who acquired Boardman Bikes back in 2014, to help out amidst soaring sales and staff shortages.

“I’ve been using the bike to commute because I’ve been helping out in my local Halfords said. “When they had a massive increase in orders and no staff, I helped to build bikes one day a week.”

The Olympic gold medallist hopes the pandemic will help bring in a national cycling revolution, and says the government’s response to encouraging two-wheeled transport during the coronavirus has been exemplary.

“I keep saying we’ve got 20 days to change the next 20 years and I don’t think that is too melodramatic. In some places we have seen 300 per cent increases in bike journeys.

“You turned off traffic. You gave people a safer environment. And more people have been using bikes. We’ve shown we’re just as capable of being a cycling nation as anywhere else in Europe. So in the midst of this crisis you think: actually we could change the future here.”

The UK Government have fast-tracked £250m of emergency funding to create pop-up bike lanes, wider pavements, safer junctions, and cycle and bus-only corridors within weeks as part of new funding to support safe transport during the coronavirus pandemic.

Vouchers will also be issued to help people pay for bike repairs and plans are being developed to make more bike fixing facilities available.

“Wording in the announcement was strong, unequivocal and backed up by legislation with similarly clear wording for councils. We have never seen anything like this before, it is a step-change in the Government’s position that should not be underestimated,” Boardman told Cycling Weekly at the time.

https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/l...ockdown-459104


So thirty minutes for SIR Chris Boardman.
How long for a mere mortal who isn't a three times world hour record
breaker and a gold medal winning Olympian?


He is 51 now though. :-)
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Old July 5th 20, 05:36 PM posted to uk.rec.cycling
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Default Chris Boardman goes car-free and is helping out at Halfordsduring lockdown

On 05/07/2020 10:55, Simon Mason wrote:
On Saturday, July 4, 2020 at 8:22:20 PM UTC+1, soup wrote:
On 04/07/2020 18:43, Simon Mason wrote:
Doesn't wear a plastic hat either!
QUOTE:
Chris Boardman has revealed he sold his car after not using it for two months during lockdown.

Greater Manchester’s cycling and walking commissioner gave up his Audi A5 after not needing it during the coronavirus pandemic, and is encouraging others to try and go car-free for two months to see if they can survive using public transport, cycling and walking.

“Giving up the car is something more people could do,” Boardman told the Telegraph. “Keep the car as your comfort blanket for two months and just try travelling by public transport, cycling and walking and see how that feels. I live by an old Beeching line – a disused railway – and it’s just 30 minutes to a station that links to Liverpool or Chester, so I can get to Manchester for work. Without insurance, fuel and maintenance, I am already saving £800 a month.”

Boardman has also been cycling to his local Halfords, who acquired Boardman Bikes back in 2014, to help out amidst soaring sales and staff shortages.

“I’ve been using the bike to commute because I’ve been helping out in my local Halfords said. “When they had a massive increase in orders and no staff, I helped to build bikes one day a week.”

The Olympic gold medallist hopes the pandemic will help bring in a national cycling revolution, and says the government’s response to encouraging two-wheeled transport during the coronavirus has been exemplary.

“I keep saying we’ve got 20 days to change the next 20 years and I don’t think that is too melodramatic. In some places we have seen 300 per cent increases in bike journeys.

“You turned off traffic. You gave people a safer environment. And more people have been using bikes. We’ve shown we’re just as capable of being a cycling nation as anywhere else in Europe. So in the midst of this crisis you think: actually we could change the future here.”

The UK Government have fast-tracked £250m of emergency funding to create pop-up bike lanes, wider pavements, safer junctions, and cycle and bus-only corridors within weeks as part of new funding to support safe transport during the coronavirus pandemic.

Vouchers will also be issued to help people pay for bike repairs and plans are being developed to make more bike fixing facilities available.

“Wording in the announcement was strong, unequivocal and backed up by legislation with similarly clear wording for councils. We have never seen anything like this before, it is a step-change in the Government’s position that should not be underestimated,” Boardman told Cycling Weekly at the time.

https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/l...ockdown-459104


So thirty minutes for SIR Chris Boardman.
How long for a mere mortal who isn't a three times world hour record
breaker and a gold medal winning Olympian?


He is 51 now though. :-)

An ex-olympian even at 51 is going to be a LOT faster than Joe Blow even
in his prime. 51 is hardly ancient.
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Old July 5th 20, 05:45 PM posted to uk.rec.cycling
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Default Chris Boardman goes car-free and is helping out at Halfordsduring lockdown

On Sunday, July 5, 2020 at 5:36:45 PM UTC+1, soup wrote:
On 05/07/2020 10:55, Simon Mason wrote:
On Saturday, July 4, 2020 at 8:22:20 PM UTC+1, soup wrote:
On 04/07/2020 18:43, Simon Mason wrote:
Doesn't wear a plastic hat either!
QUOTE:
Chris Boardman has revealed he sold his car after not using it for two months during lockdown.

Greater Manchester’s cycling and walking commissioner gave up his Audi A5 after not needing it during the coronavirus pandemic, and is encouraging others to try and go car-free for two months to see if they can survive using public transport, cycling and walking.

“Giving up the car is something more people could do,” Boardman told the Telegraph. “Keep the car as your comfort blanket for two months and just try travelling by public transport, cycling and walking and see how that feels. I live by an old Beeching line – a disused railway – and it’s just 30 minutes to a station that links to Liverpool or Chester, so I can get to Manchester for work. Without insurance, fuel and maintenance, I am already saving £800 a month.”

Boardman has also been cycling to his local Halfords, who acquired Boardman Bikes back in 2014, to help out amidst soaring sales and staff shortages.

“I’ve been using the bike to commute because I’ve been helping out in my local Halfords said. “When they had a massive increase in orders and no staff, I helped to build bikes one day a week.”

The Olympic gold medallist hopes the pandemic will help bring in a national cycling revolution, and says the government’s response to encouraging two-wheeled transport during the coronavirus has been exemplary.

“I keep saying we’ve got 20 days to change the next 20 years and I don’t think that is too melodramatic. In some places we have seen 300 per cent increases in bike journeys.

“You turned off traffic. You gave people a safer environment. And more people have been using bikes. We’ve shown we’re just as capable of being a cycling nation as anywhere else in Europe. So in the midst of this crisis you think: actually we could change the future here.”

The UK Government have fast-tracked £250m of emergency funding to create pop-up bike lanes, wider pavements, safer junctions, and cycle and bus-only corridors within weeks as part of new funding to support safe transport during the coronavirus pandemic.

Vouchers will also be issued to help people pay for bike repairs and plans are being developed to make more bike fixing facilities available.

“Wording in the announcement was strong, unequivocal and backed up by legislation with similarly clear wording for councils. We have never seen anything like this before, it is a step-change in the Government’s position that should not be underestimated,” Boardman told Cycling Weekly at the time.

https://www.cyclingweekly.com/news/l...ockdown-459104


So thirty minutes for SIR Chris Boardman.
How long for a mere mortal who isn't a three times world hour record
breaker and a gold medal winning Olympian?


He is 51 now though. :-)

An ex-olympian even at 51 is going to be a LOT faster than Joe Blow even
in his prime. 51 is hardly ancient.


The thing is, he doesn't says how FAR he rides in that 30 minutes, so it is not possible to judge his current fitness.
 




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