Following our piece on the chaos caused to the media community by
the closure of Hammersmith Bridge (Diary, 7 February), we bring you the
tale of Andrew Robertson and his moped.
When faced with the prospect of an impossible commute for the next year,
the ever-resourceful Robertson (he didn’t get where he is today without
being flexible, versatile, game for a laugh, etc) went out and bought a
50cc Piaggio, plumped for a funky yellow helmet and rounded off the
outfit with a set of waterproofs.
Robertson claims he was ’shaking like a jelly’ the day of his first ride
into the office.
’It was terrifying. Cars just don’t realise how vulnerable you are. They
don’t look at you, they cut you up, they...’ he protested.
Strangely enough, according to insurance companies, it’s Volvos that are
involved in more accidents with motorbikes and scooters than any other
(Anyone else having fun getting across the river? Fax your tales on
0171-413 4507 to get your free weekly bus pass.)