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cycle laneCompensation culture forces Jacobs Babtie to ban it’s employees from cycling

It is ironic that Jacobs Babtie the expert company employed by local councils all over the UK to advise on transport policy has banned it’s own employees from using cycles. The ‘ealth and safety people are interfering again! An email to employees said;

“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.”

The e-mail acknowledges that staff are unhappy about the ban and admits it

“could be construed as being at odds with our environmental policy and the requirement to be environmentally responsible”.

Yet another group of people surrendering their rights to a normal life, just to suit the lawyers and insurance companies! One day one of our politicians might take this bull by the horns and sort it out before we all get wrapped up in cotton wool.

Kevin Mayne, the director of the Cyclists Touring Club, said:

“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. Jacobs’ policy shows a complete lack of understanding of transport risk assessment. For TfL (Transport for London) and local authorities to pay a company which bans cycling for advice on sustainable transport is like asking the lunatics to help run the asylum.”

So after getting councils to paint green cycle lanes all over the country, they won’t let their own people use them – plain crazy! According to The Times report less people per billion kilometers are killed on bicycles than pedestrians walking.

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Written by curly

July 6, 2007 at 7:58 am

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  1. [...] Get off your bikes! Yet another group of people surrendering their rights to a normal life, just to suit the lawyers and insurance companies! One day one of our politicians might take this bull by the horns and sort it out before we all get wrapped up in … [...]


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