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Cyclist Boris urged to stop F1 champ Vettel racing past people's homes in London GP

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Cyclist Boris urged to stop F1 champ Vettel racing past people's homes in London GP

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Published by Brian Church for 24dash.com in Housing and also in Communities

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A Formula One Grand Prix held in the centre of London would endanger public safety by giving the wrong message to "a load of silly boy racers," the Green Party has warned.

The party says the government is currently launching a consultation on devolving approval of racing events to the local level, rather than an Act of Parliament.

Responding to the suggestion that this would open the way to an F1 event in London, with cars exceeding 200 mph, London Assembly Green Party member Darren Johnson urged the cycling-loving mayor Boris Johnson to veto any such proposal.

"This is definitely a decision for local representatives, rather than parliament, but I hope the mayor will recognise that racing cars around central London would send out the wrong message at a time when road casualties amongst pedestrians and cyclists are on the rise.

"A Formula 1 race along local high streets and past people’s homes is going to give a green light to a load of silly boy racers and others that these roads are safe for them to speed along. We need less speeding, not more, and this is one event the mayor should firmly reject."

Sebastian Vettel is the defending world champion, having won the title for the past four seasons.

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