President Joe Biden presented British Prime Minister Boris Johnson with a lap and helmet tour during their first meeting on Thursday in Cornwall, England.
The gift was offered as a “gesture of friendship and recognition of their shared interest in cycling,” the White House said.
An avid cyclist, Johnson regularly rides a bicycle to work when he was mayor of London. Earlier this year, he was criticized for walking outside his neighborhood while the UK faced an increase in COVID-19 infections.
Biden also enjoys a leisurely bike ride and has been spotted doing one last week with First Lady Jill Biden to celebrate his 70th birthday. The president is also a fan of indoor cycling –
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Johnson’s new bicycle is painted blue with red and white details and bears the signatures of the two leaders, as well as US and British flags. Bilenky Cycle Works, a family business in Philadelphia, built the bike and helmet in less than two weeks, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported on Friday.
Owner Stephen Bilenki told the newspaper he received an email from the State Department about the May 23 bike order. “It’s been a crazy 10 days,” he said.
As part of the usual exchange of gifts between world leaders, Johnson gave Biden a framed picture of a mural by abolitionist Frederick Douglas, Reuters reported.
Biden met with Johnson during his first trip abroad as president and before the G7 summit from Friday to Sunday. World leaders gathered to discuss several topics, including defeating the coronavirus pandemic.