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Boris chews fat with Vancouver’s mayor for tips on Olympics

PUBLISHED: 15:00 29 October 2009 | UPDATED: 15:09 05 October 2010

BORIS Johnson has been chewing the fat with his opposite number from Vancouver, sharing ideas about the Olympics and the challenges facing big cities in a global economy. He met Gregor Robertson and talked about his ideas for reducing traffic when Canada hosts the 2010 Winter Games

By Mike Brooke

BORIS Johnson has been chewing the fat with his opposite number from Vancouver, sharing ideas about the Olympics, climate change and the challenges facing big cities in a global economy.

He met Gregor Robertson at City Hall yesterday and talked about his ideas for reducing traffic by 30 per cent in British Columbia's capital city in February when Canada hosts the 2010 Winter Games.

"This is just the start of friendship between London and Vancouver," said Boris. "We will learn much from each other's experiences of managing major sporting events and the challenges of running large cities."

Boris is popping off to Vancouver for the Winter Olympics to see first hand how they are managing such a complex operation, as Gregor's guest.

Mr Robinson said: "Mayor Johnson and the London Olympics committee has a big challenge for 2012, but I know they're up to it.


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