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The video has sparked plenty of debate between LBC's traditional 'London cabbie' listenership and the rest of the country...

Radio station LBC, which was formally the capital-only station London Broadcasting Company, has courted controversy on Facebook by posting a cycle safety video to its Facebook page.

A video detailing the 'Dutch Reach' technique of opening a car door with your left hand if you're in a right-hand-drive car, or right hand if you're not was posted on the station's Facebook page this week.

The Dutch Reach helps drivers to remember to look behind them, into their blind spot, before opening the door.

The hope is that more widespread knowledge of this technique, and an awareness of the dangers of blindly opening a car door will help save lives and livelihoods.

Though the advice appears to have been met with some resistance.

While that may sound strange given the cycle-friendly surroundings we find ourselves in here on road.cc, LBC was traditionally the station-of-choice for London's black cab taxi drivers. 

LBC has since broadened its reach, employing radio hosts from a variety of backgrounds and with political leanings that sway across the spectrum, including former UKIP leader Nigel Farage and the controversial Katie Hopkins.

That range in ideologies has lead to a diverse listenership. As such, topics like cycling in London appear to garner significant discussion on social media.

>Read more: UKIP candidates blame immigrants for clogged-up cycle lanes

The video, which you can see below, mixes a number of captions talking about cyclist injury statistics, driving education practices in the Netherlands, and even a little dig at the Secretary of State for Transport, Chris Grayling.

Chris Grayling, you'll remember, was filmed 'dooring' a cyclist late last year. The subsequent bizarre and frankly ridiculous claims that have come from Grayling, such as those he made that indicated that he doesn't consider cyclists to be road users.

>Read more: Chris Grayling says cyclists aren't road users

Sadly, it appears Mr Grayling's sentiments are shared with a somewhat shocking number of commenters on LBC's Facebook post.

A few of them, including this first one, appeared to try and apply some knowledge of the highway code to the conversation. Though, not particularly effectively.

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Others meanwhile...

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The conversation isn't entirely base, though. There are some genuine insights into the problem of dooring from those who know people who have fallen victim to it.

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Equally, some have taken to looking at the discussion in much the same way many of you may have. 

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Should the Dutch Reach should be a compulsory assessment point in driving tests in the UK? We don't see why not.

Elliot joined team road.cc bright eyed, bushy tailed, and straight out of university.

Raised in front of cathode ray tube screens bearing the images of Miguel Indurain and Lance Armstrong, Elliot's always had cycling in his veins.
His balance was found on a Y-framed mountain bike around South London suburbs in the 90s, while his first taste of freedom came when he claimed his father's Giant hybrid as his own at age 16.

When Elliot's not writing for road.cc about two-wheeled sustainable transportation, he's focussing on business sustainability and the challenges facing our planet in the years to come.

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Man of Lard [331 posts] 5 months ago
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LBC has since broadened its reach, employing radio hosts from a variety of backgrounds and with political leanings that sway across the spectrum, including former UKIP leader Nigel Farage and the controversial Katie Hopkins.

So a spectrum encompassing far right & even further right? Was LBC opened by Oswald Mosley?

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ConcordeCX [266 posts] 5 months ago
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Problem is, if you use your right hand to open the left-side door, you can't use it to salute whoever is fuhrer of UKIP this week, and if you use your left hand to open the right-side door, it gets in the way of your right arm, preventing you from reaching out to flick a V at some dirty foreigner, probably Dutch.

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rct [52 posts] 5 months ago
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Man of Lard wrote:
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LBC has since broadened its reach, employing radio hosts from a variety of backgrounds and with political leanings that sway across the spectrum, including former UKIP leader Nigel Farage and the controversial Katie Hopkins.

So a spectrum encompassing far right & even further right? Was LBC opened by Oswald Mosley?

 

They also employ more liberal hosts such as James O'Brian, not sure anything could offset the two above though.

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Rapha Nadal [500 posts] 5 months ago
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Somebody with a St George's Cross as their profile pic displaying sheer ignorance on a subject?  Never.

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riotgibbon [219 posts] 5 months ago
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Rapha Nadal wrote:

Somebody with a St George's Cross as their profile pic displaying sheer ignorance on a subject?  Never.

 

Turkish bloke, wasn't he?  Not fully convinced about that dragon either, tbh

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ConcordeCX [266 posts] 5 months ago
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riotgibbon wrote:
Rapha Nadal wrote:

Somebody with a St George's Cross as their profile pic displaying sheer ignorance on a subject?  Never.

 

Turkish bloke, wasn't he?  Not fully convinced about that dragon either, tbh

ok, so all the biologists, folklorists, historians said there was no dragon, but we've had enough of experts. It was a dragon to us, and that's all the matters, and we got the vote, so there must have been a dragon, so shut up and unite behind me.

 

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beezus fufoon [673 posts] 5 months ago
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Rapha Nadal wrote:

Somebody with a St George's Cross as their profile pic displaying sheer ignorance on a subject?  Never.

...but surprisingly, they are able to construct a semi-coherent sentence, which is unusual.