'More risk from kangaroos': Cycling group rejects calls for Prime Minister to get off his bike

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Prime Minister Tony Abbott's doctor has encouraged him to give up cycling and take up a less dangerous sport.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott's doctor has encouraged him to give up cycling and take up a less dangerous sport.

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has been told to get off his bike and take up a less risky sport by his doctor.

But one of Mr Abbott's cycling buddies has told 3AW Breakfast it would be a difficult task to steer Mr Abbott away from his daily ride.

Stephen Hodge, Government Relations Manager for the Cycling Promotion Fund, rejected calls from Mr Abbott's physician to give up cycling or risk falling off and injuring himself. 

"Tony himself has asked me about this risk but I have to say in Canberra, which is where I live, I think we face more risks or as many risks from kangaroos as we do from cars," he said.

"But in big cities like Melbourne you have to be careful."

Mr Hodge has ridden with Mr Abbott on the Pollie Pedal, his annual charity ride, and has organised the Parliamentary Cycling Group Riders on the Hill.

He said cycling was a great way to keep fit and he couldn't see Mr Abbott giving it up any time soon.

"Clearly the prime minister needs to be kept safe," he said.

"In the Netherlands however the prime minister rides to parliament on his bike when he doesn't have to go to some function.

"Cycling is so popular it can be very safe but clearly if you ride down St Kilda Road there are some inerent risks."

Mr Hodge said he had spoken to Mr Abbott about riding to and from The Lodge, just 1.5 kilometres away.

"It would be easier for him to ride to work," he said.

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