Boris Johnson and his mayoral team came frightfully close to snuffing it yesterday during a cycle ride in Limehouse. The group, which included Johnson, transport advisor Kulveer Ranger, and TfL commissioner Peter Hendy, were scouting out new cycle routes in east London. As they travelled along Narrow Street, the back door of a passing truck came unhooked, swung out against a parked car and dragged it into the middle of the road, narrowly avoiding the cyclists. A security camera caught the incident on film, and looking at it, the group had a very lucky escape: Mr. Ranger was said to be particularly shaken up, as the catapulted vehicle crash-landed mere centimetres from his bike. Nobody was hurt, but as a way of highlighting the necessity of Cycle Super Highways, which are aimed at addressing the capital's grim tally of bicycling deaths, the near-disaster could yet prove to be the perfect advertisement.
Last Updated 23 May 2009