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CYCLISTS: SCOURGE OF THE STREETS?

CYCLISTS: SCOURGE OF THE STREETS? Another ridiculous click-bait headline from a gutter level mainstream media channel, or a realistic view of how some idiots on bikes are ruining it for everyone?

Commercial broadcaster Channel 5 in the UK has commissioned Tinopolis Group-owned production unit Firecracker Scotland to produce a one-off documentary set to tackle the relationship between cyclists and drivers on Britain’s roads.

Cyclists: Scourge of the Streets? will provide an unfiltered look at the enduring war between cyclists and motorists in England.

The film will meet a variety of characters, from the cabbies of London and the residents of Surrey who no longer feel safe driving on local roads, to the cyclists patrolling the UK’s highways and law enforcement officials attempting to make the roadways a safer place for everyone who uses them.

Cyclists: Scourge of the Streets? is executive produced by Firecracker Scotland’s creative director Elspeth O’Hare. It was commissioned by Greg Barnett for Channel 5. 

“This documentary promises to be an eye-opener for drivers and cyclists across the country,” said Firecracker Scotland’s O’Hare in a statement.

3 July 2019

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  • Christopher M
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    The best thing we can do is not watch this channel. Consider it done or not done. Whichever.

  • peter s
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    The choice of title doesn't fill me with hope.

  • Dave H
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    What we have to take into consideration is the difference between cyclists and people on bikes. I class cyclists as the ones out on a club run in the countryside on a weekend or an evening ride, or training for the race or sportive at the weekend. Then there are people on bikes. The image used for Channel 5's header is a line of people on bikes, obviously commuting and sharing a busy city street with cars and taxis. Looks like London as well. The reason these people are on their bikes is so that they can get to work as economically and as quickly as possible and in many cases by delaying cars in their journey which, in the Smoke is pretty stressful and time consuming as it is. I can understand the frustration for both sides. The fact that the program is called The Scurge of the Streets with a question mark at the end of it suggests to me that they will concentrate on city cycling, jumping the lights, speeding through pedestrian crossings; and completely avoid any reference to the idiots that dive bomb cyclists on the country lanes. We'll see.

  • Mike H
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    I love riding my bike. I try to be considerate. Those in cars and vans and such who give me little room are far more than inconsiderate - life-threatening, perhaps? I ride in Surrey and Sussex, and I'm therefore one of many, but I can honestly agree that some of my fellow cycling folk will p**s off plenty, too. Can't imagine a TV documentary focusing on the considerate filling in the stale and tired sandwich of those who enrage each other, however. This won't be a debate, but do expect much venting. Or am I just being prejudiced?

  • jamie l
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    The problem is all the young and older Dickhead cyclists who think they can do as the please and the drivers who think they can bully cyclists with their big metal hunks of junk give the good cyclists/drivers the bad names. I drive and cycle so see both sides. Why is it so hard to behave like normal human beings no matter what you're driving or riding?

  • n g w r
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    We can but hope it is not too unbalanced a view. There are stupid , & some worse cyclists as we all know. What would be good would be for the programme makers to go & compare Holland & UK. There they'll see what investment in active travel achieves

  • Colin D
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    I called a cyclist a d****ead yesterday evening as he pulled a wheelie just in front of me before we passed - on my side of the road, going in the opposite direction! Its a main road, by the way, and I was riding my bike! This after having a pair of kids pass me on Sunday going the wrong way round a roundabout also pulling wheelies. Another main road - and this time I was in my car! I hope this documentary is an eye-opener.

  • Ian L
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    Im sure that as per normal with this type of programme a certain type of demograph will be interviewed and pictures/film of cyclists will be those riders that give the majority a bad name. Im pretty sure they wont show motorists, cutting across junctions, carving up cyclists or even understanding that cyclists can ride 2 abreast. I think we need to be careful how we react to this as we can be seen to be fuelling the fire if there is too much bad language etc. Obviously they will be using non polluting vehicles to carry their cameras and staff around to film this programme? No didn't think so. The best thing we can do is not watch this channel.