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Safe Cycling? Dad Takes Children To School In Wheelbarrow Bike On Busy London Roads

14/08/2014 16:56 | Updated 22 May 2015

Despite cyclists' deaths dad takes girls to school in wheelbarrow on front of his bike

SIX cyclists have died in tragic accidents on London's roads in the past two weeks but one defiant dad has insisted he knows what he is doing as he ferries his children to school in a WHEELBARROW attached to the front of his bike.

Ben Watson, 57, a house husband, was stopped by police as he was taking his two young daughters to school in the 'cargo bike'.

Despite cyclists' deaths dad takes girls to school in wheelbarrow on front of his bike

He said he had used the Heath Robinson-style cycle to transport his children around for years, and that it was 'unfair' that cyclists are being blamed for accidents.

Since the spate of fatal accidents, hundreds of officers have been monitoring the city's most dangerous junctions and roads, and Mr Watson was stopped by patrols on the busy Euston Road. Safety campaigners have complained that the police operation is merely a sticky plaster to dangerous roads used by lorries and cyclists in the capital.

Despite cyclists' deaths dad takes girls to school in wheelbarrow on front of his bike

"This policeman called me over and said 'Is that bike legal?' I thought, 'Well, you're the policeman surely you should be telling me whether its legal or not'", he said.

He said that pulling him over about his wheelbarrow contraption was 'a bit unfair' and the police operation is 'making out cyclists are the problem when it is actually cars that are the problem'.

"I've been taking the kids to school on this route for four years, I know what I'm doing," he said.

What do you think? Irresponsible or a perfectly sound mode of transport?

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