Chris Boardman: Turn vision for Leeds Headrow into lasting Tour legacy

Five Time Tour De France winner Bernard Hinault starts the race. PIC: Simon Hulme

Five Time Tour De France winner Bernard Hinault starts the race. PIC: Simon Hulme

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British cycling legend Chris Boardman is adamant a £4m vision of how Leeds’ Headrow - the startline for the 2014 Tour de France - could be transformed with Government help is an opportunity not to be missed.

The former professional cyclist, who won gold at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, revealed a scheme that would include introducing a 20mph speed limit, an open plan ‘boulevard’ design and closing it off to private cars.

Working as a British Cycling policy advisor, Boardman is calling on national Government to commit £10 per head per year from existing transport funds to every local authority in Britain to help kickstart a cycling revolution but states until now the next generation of cyclists has been “let down” by a lack of safe roads.

 

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