‘Poor quality cycle lanes won’t cut it,’ says Paralympic gold medallist Dame Sarah Storey

The 14-time Paralympic champion says we need to make roads safer

Dame Sarah Storey, Aviva Women's Tour 2015 team presentation (Picture: Andy Jones)

(Image credit: Andy Jones)

Britain’s painted, poor quality cycle lanes won’t cut it if we want more women to cycle, according to Paralympic gold medallist Dame Sarah Storey.

Dame Sarah, a 14-time Paralympic champion, said that safety is the biggest barrier to getting more people on bikes, adding that cycling is currently only for the brave.

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Alex Ballinger

Alex Ballinger is editor of BikeBiz magazine, the leading publication for the UK cycle industry, and is the former digital news editor for CyclingWeekly.com. After gaining experience in local newsrooms, national newspapers and in digital journalism, Alex found his calling in cycling, first as a reporter, then as news editor responsible for Cycling Weekly's online news output, and now as the editor of BikeBiz. Since pro cycling first captured his heart during the 2010 Tour de France (specifically the Contador-Schleck battle) Alex covered three Tours de France, multiple editions of the Tour of Britain, and the World Championships, while both writing and video presenting for Cycling Weekly. He also specialises in fitness writing, often throwing himself into the deep end to help readers improve their own power numbers.  Away from the desk, Alex can be found racing time trials, riding BMX and mountain bikes, or exploring off-road on his gravel bike. He’s also an avid gamer, and can usually be found buried in an eclectic selection of books.