Wednesday 10 March 2010

more BBC flat earth news about cycling

Naturally, BBC London News completely ignored yesterday’s death of a cyclist under the wheels of a tipper lorry.

BBC London News journalists prefer to sit in the office reading press releases and then regurgitating them. Which yesterday meant this:

Plans to improve cycling in the capital have been unveiled by the Mayor and Transport for London (TfL).

The initiative coincides with the launch of a bicycle safety advertising campaign, which urges to drivers to look out for cyclists.

Oh, please. How much longer do we have to put up with crap like this?

I’d quite like a hotline which I could phone to report lorry drivers who are steering huge vehicles with one hand while chatting on a handheld mobile phone with the other. With an instant police response. But of course the Met is centrally implicated in London’s road violence. It is run by a Commissioner who the lunatic fringe Association of British Drivers regards as one of the good cops. Its Commanders enjoy a car-centric chauffeur-driven lifestyle. The Met has always been hostile to road traffic law enforcement, and its own drivers are among some of the worst in London.

Mr Johnson said 2010 was "London's year of cycling".

As the year unfolds this blog will celebrate this gladsome year of cycling in traditional fashion.

If you want to complain to the BBC about BBC London's persistent refusal to acknowledge lorry/cycling fatalities in the capital, email the head of BBC News: