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Our story about road.cc's recent poll in which over 90 per cent of users said they had been the victim of some sort of abuse when riding their bikes ranging from occasional verbals from motorists right through to outright physical attack has been picked up by two national newspapers today.

The Mirror and the Sun both run short pieces on the poll which highlights the sort of treatment many cyclists regularly have to put up with from other road users.

While the stories may be buried towards the back of each paper they do make it in – which is progress. It's on the Mirror website too.

Plucked from the obscurity of his London commute back in the mid-Nineties to live in Bath and edit bike mags our man made the jump to the interweb back in 2006 as launch editor of a large cycling website somewhat confusingly named after a piece of navigational equipment. He came up with the idea for road.cc mainly to avoid being told what to do… Oh dear, issues there then. Tony tries to ride his bike every day and if he doesn't he gets grumpy, he likes carbon, but owns steel, and wants titanium. When not on his bike or eating cake Tony spends his time looking for new ways to annoy the road.cc team. He's remarkably good at it.

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Jon Burrage [998 posts] 7 years ago
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Thats positive tony, its good that stories like this are being picked up and that road.cc is being referred to.

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Alankk [135 posts] 7 years ago
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Trust the Sun and Mirror to use a survey of 250 ppl as evidence.

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Tony Farrelly [2868 posts] 7 years ago
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We never said that it was a scientific survey, but it is real people's experiences

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TheHatter [770 posts] 7 years ago
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I think its great to highlight the problem. Last year I had numerous incidents of verbal abuse, was spat at bby a car passenger and had a drink thrown at me from a car.

None of these were in anyway incited or even relating to rights of wayc it was simply idiots having their 'fun' as they drove past/towards me.

I take Alankk's point that its a small representation but I have no doubt that its a fair indication of the larger picture. I'm pleased its been picked up by the popular press and hopefully will help to change some attitudes.