You want to join our gang, get on your bike!

April 24, 2012 — 5 Comments

Yesterday, several hundred cyclists turned up to voice their opinions on the comments that John Griffin had made. None of them how ever where grannies that had got on the bikes for the first time. They where seasoned cyclists, cyclists who care and who already know the lack of driving ability that the drivers of Addison Lee have.

Cyclists lie down in the road as if they where hit by cars

I’m sure that John Griffin is regretting his actions over the past week. He has pissed off two groups of people, taxi drivers and cyclists. Whilst he has done one thing that none of us imagined (united taxi drivers and cyclists), he has messed with two groups that are willing to get together and boycott the company because of the chairmans actions. This of course has resulted in the mass protest of cyclists and several taxi drivers outside Addison Lee’s headquarters. It has also lead to countless amounts of 1 star reviews on there iPhone, Andoid and Windows Phone App.

The app rating on the Apple App store

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What Griffin didn’t think about, and what many people struggle to understand. Is that many people cycle because they enjoy it, or because it is quicker and not because they can’t afford to travel in a minicab or take the tube. Griffin may well have got the attention of some individuals that are in the position to make decisions about which minicab firm the company uses. This along with the bad news coverage, could lead to Addison Lee loosing out massively!

One thing that John Griffin continues to comment on is that cyclists are not trained to use the roads. What he fails to realise is that trained cyclists will be his worst enemy, especially if he wants his cabs to use the bus lanes. Why? Because any trained cyclist will know to take control of a bus lane, they are rarely wide enough to be shared. His minicabs won’t be able to make progress in the bus lanes without first leaving them to safely pass the cyclists who are cycling as they have been trained.
That unfortunately doesn’t help with his mentality of ‘it’s not the drivers fault if the cyclist swerves’

Gaz

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5 responses to You want to join our gang, get on your bike!

  1. I assume that’s outside the Addison Lee offices? Great to see so many people taking action over this.

  2. Do we have any footage or a transcript of what he said?
    Gaz, I cannot see your gravatar, is something wrong?

    • Mark Skrzypczyk (@bassjunkieuk) April 24, 2012 at 1:10 pm

      He barely made a peep during his “speech” I don’t think it was audible beyond the front 2 rows!

  3. Mark Skrzypczyk (@bassjunkieuk) April 24, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    On the subject of positioning in a bus lane, my default position in them is pretty much central. Have even had a commenter on our near miss head-on clip from last night suggest “you where to far over” 😉

    Was a great turnout considering the weather and the atmosphere was superb!

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