The Traffic Droid on C4's The Complainers
As someone who works in customer service (yep I answer the phone) I was interested to watch The Complainers on C4 last night. Perhaps just seeking validation for begrudging the small proportion of slack jawed morons I talk to daily, who are too busy, enraged or self absorbed to let me help them (deep sighs), or just some who don't understand there are limitations on what I can do down a phoneline; I tuned in.
Sadly the show was an unedifying collage of half stories without any conclusions. With little more than snippets of ranting loons to play it had to bulk up with some 'personalities' so step forward Traffic Droid Lewis, patrolling the streets of London with GoPros, whistles, horns, lights and a red card.
His style is somewhat confrontational to motorists, a little preachy to other cyclists, and a whole lot holier-than-thou to everyone. Though I did see him cruising down the centre of a lane approaching a bus which was edging out to overtake a slower moving cyclist who was on the left, thus causing himself to get pinched and rather irate. I wonder what he expected the bus driver to be doing or looking at. I wonder sometimes why anyone follows buses so closely.
Here are some of the usual sources of informed debate; though the Mail suggests Lewis is clad in black lycra (I didn't see a jot of lycra on him)
He has been out and about on Youtube with the likes of CyclingGaz for a while but last nights show has got him splashed about the papers and reviews. I think some might think he is a little militant in his approach.