A programme airing on ITV1 next Monday evening at 9pm called Road Rage Britain uses footage shot by members of the public to highlight the shocking and often dangerous behaviour of some road users.
As you can see from the trailer and video below, it’s often cyclists who are on the receiving end, helping explain why many now use helmet cameras to record what happens.
Some of the footage in the programme, made by ITN Productions, will be familiar from stories we’ve covered in the past, such as the vehicle passenger in Bexley pictured above, who in 2011 was convicted of assaulting a cyclist after the incident was caught on film.
In December 2012, the BBC came under criticism for a similar documentary called The War on Britain’s Roads, which included footage from a film shot six years earlier about alleycat racing in London, described in the programme simply as “extreme behaviour,” despite calls ahead of transmission for it to be scrapped.
Like that programme, according to its press release Road Rage Britain descrbes cyclists and motorists as "two tribes" although in reality more often than not, people are both, electing to use one mode of transport over another depending on the purpose of their trip.
However, the ITN documentary does contain what it describes as "a unique experiment, in which two committed cyclists, one from London and one from Manchester, swap modes of transport with a London cabbie and a white van man from Preston, both of whom view their two wheeled counterparts as a menace."
The programme's makers add: "How will they cope experiencing life on the road from the perspective of their road rage rivals? At the end of the experiment they come face to face in a showdown to share their views."
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.