Olympics (Supplementary) [4]

Session date: 
July 15, 2004
Question By: 
Jenny Jones
City Hall Greens
Asked Of: 
The Mayor


This is likely to be an issue that is looked at by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) and if we do not aim high enough or do not have the enthusiasm to start thinking about zero emission vehicles and cycling and encouraging this sort of transport, then I think the bid will be less attractive. I am quite clear that they are extremely concerned about the public transport aspects of the London bid. I think aspects such as the cycling and zero-emission vehicles could be a big bonus if we can get those going.

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Answer for Olympics (Supplementary) [4]

Answer for Olympics (Supplementary) [4]

Answered By: 
The Mayor

I agree with that and we also need to bear in mind that we have bid to be the host city for the Tour de France. One of the reasons of course is that we expect two million tourists to come on the weekend it starts. The other big element to this is that in the build-up to the Tour de France coming to London, if we are successful in that bid, we would aim to get a much higher level of interest in cycling and all the spin-offs of more people becoming active in cycling. The Tour de France is not just a tourist event; it is about trying to change the psychology of Londoners towards cycling.