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Green Transportation Specialist To Workers: “Get off your bikes”

by Warren T

Jacobs Babtie is one of Britain’s largest engineering companies. Their clients include Transport for London, which has a target of achieving a fivefold increase in the level of cycling by 2025. Jacobs’ advises local authorities on sustainable transport projects, and they have just banned their staff from commuting on bicycles.

I just don’t have the words … fortunately, Jenny Jones, green transport adviser to the Mayor of London – and – Kevin Mayne, director of the Cyclists Touring Club do have the words and commented in this report in The Times.

Jenny Jones:

“It is hypocritical to offer advice on promoting cycling but at the same time ban your staff from using bikes.”

Kevin Mayne:

“Banning cycling on health and safety grounds is ironic; forcing people off their bikes and into cars just reduces their fitness and increases the danger they pose to other road users.”

The company says that riding bikes and motorcycles is too dangerous. You would think that since they consult with Transport for London that they might be interested in the studies that TfL have done showing the huge increase in the number of cyclists and the DECREASE in cycling injuries…

 
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6 Responses to “Green Transportation Specialist To Workers: “Get off your bikes””

  1. Gaylen Holt says:

    It sounds like the typical hypocrite. Do as I say, not as I do.

    They need to work on being the example they are advising other companies to be.

  2. Fritz says:

    Here’s their website in which they brag about their “impressive track record in the rapidly developing field of sustainable transport.”

  3. jason says:

    I sent Jacobs an email:

    “It’s patently obvious that if you are struck by a wayward vehicle when you are on a bicycle or motorbike you are going to be more severely affected than if you were in a car. The reason for this policy is to protect our employees from other vehicles on the road.”

    So you would rather have your employees causing more severe accidents?
    It can be shown that bicycling is twice as safe as motor vehicle per hour of exposure.
    http://www.kenkifer.com/bikepages/health/risks.htm

  4. Obviously some pencil pusher crunched some numbers that they liked and got the answer they wanted instead of what is real and practical. I think they should leave it up to the individual to decide if they want to ride a bike or drive a car. That could raise some civil liberties issues as well I would think.

  5. Val says:

    Indeed, my choice of conveyance is mine alone; no one has the right to tell me how to get to work. If I did work for them (highly unlikely) I would put this to the test by continuing to ride in, and find out first hand what the consequences were. The resulting court case might be amusing, at least.

  6. I would be very interested in just how many of their employee’s rode their bicycles to work and if any of them are still riding. I wonder what they have been told by management about what the consequences will be if they continue.

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