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Mayor of London Boris sorry for 'backie' with wife

By Harriet Line

Published 28/07/2015

Pedal power: Boris Johnson
Pedal power: Boris Johnson

Boris Johnson has apologised for giving his wife a "backie" on a bicycle, claiming he was "unaware" he was breaking the law.

The mayor of London was criticised by the cycling charity CTC for pedalling his barrister wife Marina Wheeler through the city on a bicycle designed for one person.

But Mr Johnson's spokesman said the mayor was "unaware that he was apparently in contravention of the Road and Traffic Act".

"The mayor wishes to apologise for offering his wife a short-lived lift on the back of his bike! He wasn't intending to ride all the way home with Marina on the back, he was attempting to transport his wife to a main road, from where they hailed a cab for her."

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