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Narrow miss for cycling NRI adviser, London mayor

London Mayor and his India-origin transport adviser had a narrow escape on the streets of London while cycling when a truck nearly dragged a car into their cycling path.

india Updated: May 23, 2009 20:00 IST

London Mayor and his India-origin transport adviser had a narrow escape on the streets of London while cycling when a truck nearly dragged a car into their cycling path.

Boris Johnson, a cycling enthusiast, was going around London to explore cycle routes with his team when a lorry's backdoor swung open and hooked into a parked car, according to his spokesman.

"I am relieved that no one was hurt, but this incident reinforces the need for us to make London's roads safer for cyclists, which I am determined to do and to make London the best city for cyclists in Europe."

The car was dragged along the street and was "catapulted" right in the middle of the cycling party, just behind Johnson. Kulveer Ranger, the director of transport in the Mayor's office, was left shaken after narrowly escaping being hit.

Mayor's cycle tours are well known in London, and he has been working on creating cycle Super Highways to make it easier and safer for cyclists to go around the capital.

The mayor said Super Highways would provide a "central role" by providing clearly demarcated routes for cyclists that "lorry drivers and others will be aware of".