Birmingham councillor answers critics after claiming cycling is 'discriminatory'

Councillor Deirdre Alden of Birmingham City Council objected to money allocated for cycle schemes as it would benefit 'white, young men'

(Image credit: Chris Catchpole)

A Birmingham councillor who reportedly claimed that cycling was “discriminatory” as it only targets “white, young men” has told Cycling Weekly that she “thought most people would agree with me”.

A story in Thursday’s (September 11) Birmingham Post said that Councillor Deirdre Alden of Birmingham City Council objected to the Department for Transport giving the city £17 million to become a Cycle City with a further £6.3 million being invested by the council.

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Chris Marshall-Bell

A freelance sports journalist and podcaster, you'll mostly find Chris's byline attached to news scoops, profile interviews and long reads across a variety of different publications. He has been writing regularly for Cycling Weekly since 2013. In 2024 he released a seven-part podcast documentary, Ghost in the Machine, about motor doping in cycling.

Previously a ski, hiking and cycling guide in the Canadian Rockies and Spanish Pyrenees, he almost certainly holds the record for the most number of interviews conducted from snowy mountains. He lives in Valencia, Spain.