Addison Lee Upsets Cyclists Over Road Death Comments
April 20, 2012 1 Comment
Addison said: ” …that those cyclists injured in accidents only have themselves to blame”
Addison Lee, I have a message for you: When you injure your yourself -walking or falling of your fat ugly chair- you will only have yourself to blame!!!
Mr Griffin, who has already caused controversy by urging his team of 3,500 drivers to flout road laws and use bus lanes in the capital, wrote a piece in his company’s magazine Add Lib in which he blamed ‘beginner cyclists’ for a 3% increase in accidents last year.
He wrote: “This summer the roads will be thick with bicycles. These cyclists are throwing themselves onto some of the most congested spaces in the world.
“They leap onto a vehicle which offers them no protection except a plastic padded hat. Should a motorist fail to observe a granny wobbling to avoid a pothole or a rain drain, then he is guilty of failing to anticipate this was somebody on her maiden voyage into the abyss.”
He added: “The rest of us occupying this roadspace have had to undergo intensive training… it is time for us to say to cyclists: ‘If you want to join our gang, get trained and pay up’.”
Many Twitter users were today calling for a boycott on Addison Lee.
User Treadly and Me tweeted: “More disgusting anti-cyclist drivel from bus lane invading Addison Lee chairman.”
Former Deputy Prime Minister John Prescott also joined the chorus of disapproval, writing: “Is Addison Lee’s boss breaking section 44 of 1980 Magistrates Court Act by aiding & abetting drivers to break law?”
A statement from the London Cycling Campaign read: “Addison Lee already has a very poor reputation among cyclists, with its drivers being frequently accused of inconsiderate or dangerous behaviour on the road.
“Now it appears from the article that Griffin is prepared to deliberately infest his whole company with anti-cyclist sentiment, putting the lives of Londoners at greater risk.”
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