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It seems that the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone, for all his pro cycling initiatives, just can?t satisfy some people. And I?ve counted myself among in them past, suspecting there was more political spin than substance to some of Transport for London?s cycling policy.

I recall the marvellous TV ad campaign for cycling in London, all blissfully serene with no hint of pothole or bendy bus sweeping up from behind, about to cut you up or worse!

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Keith Bingham joined the Cycling Weekly team in the summer of 1971, and retired in 2011. During his time, he covered numerous Tours de France, Milk Races and everything in-between. He was well known for his long-running 'Bikewatch' column, and played a pivotal role in fighting for the future of once at-threat cycling venues such as Hog Hill and Herne Hill Velodrome.