A programme on ITV1 this evening called Drivers in the Dock poses the question: “On the UK's roads the car is king, but with thousands of collisions between cars and bicycles each year, is it time cyclists were better protected?”
In the show, which airs across all regions from 8pm-8.30pm, presenter Fiona Foster reports on proposals to increase cylists’ safety, including the call for a no-fault liability scheme to be implemented which we have previously reported on here at road.cc.
It might sound from the teaser that this show is going to take a more balanced approach from the usual us-versus-them them tabloid TV formula, which usually leans towards the motorists side. We certainly hope it is, but although we haven't seen the show we have some doubts.
For a start, as we reported last month, a film crew for the show was out on the streets of Cambridge recently when police were conducting a crackdown on anti-social cycling in the city, just days after an alleged bike rage incident there.
And we also know that an ITV researcher posted on the Autocar forum to try to get drivers to come forward and take part in the show. To be fair, once it turned out a few cyclists were following the thread, she asked for their views too. For the most part, our four-wheeled friends saw the invitation to participate as the set-up it was, and politely declined to participate.
Let's not pre-judge things though, the show also goes to the Netherlands to look at why the Dutch many to combine such a high proportion of journeys by bicycle with such a low casualty rate for cyclists and the CTC's Chris Peck talks to a panel of celebs about cycling. Oh, and they send Quentin Wilson out riding around London on a bike to see if it changes his opinion of cyclists… it's probably worth watching just for that. For full details check out the ITV website.
For those unable to catch the programme this evening, it will be repeated on Monday at 3.30am, although given the time, that might be one to record on the PVR , or VCR if you’re still using videotape.
We're checking whether it will also be available to watch on the catch-up service on the ITV.com website and will let you know once we hear from them.
Born in Scotland, Simon moved to London aged seven and now lives in the Oxfordshire Cotswolds with his miniature schnauzer, Elodie. He fell in love with cycling one Saturday morning in 1994 while living in Italy when Milan-San Remo went past his front door. A daily cycle commuter in London back before riding to work started to boom, he's been news editor at road.cc since 2009. Handily for work, he speaks French and Italian. He doesn't get to ride his Colnago as often as he'd like, and freely admits he's much more adept at cooking than fettling with bikes.