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10 of the most hysterical anti-cycling Daily Mail headlines

We read it so you don't have to ...

The Daily Mail doesn’t need much encouragement to lay into cyclists, or Lycra Louts as it will often term them. Here’s a round-up of 10 of its most hysterical anti-cycling headlines over the years.

We've included links to our own coverage of the same stories here on (other than number 10 – that link goes to the Daily Mail, so consider yourself forewarned).

1 - When Daily Mail columnist Petronella Wyatt's mother got knocked over by a cyclist ...

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2 – ... and when the exact same story was recycled two and a half years later

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3 – When it slammed cyclists for not using a Cycle Superhighway … which wasn’t one ...

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4 - ... but that didn't deter it from declaring war on cycle lanes

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5 – What it tells us is that bikes are the most efficient way of getting round a city

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6 – When it (yet again) missed the wider issue

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7 – When it misreported a study, wrongly claiming cycle commuting is one of the biggest triggers for heart attacks

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8 – When it got upset about a training manual for police cyclists

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9 – When it 'exposed' broadcaster and cyclist Jon Snow as a serial rule-breaker, except he wasn't ...

... nor was's own Oli

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10 – A headline inspired by a cabbie, no less, who claimed cyclists "Never pay for stuff, always moaning, and get really upset if you pull out quickly."

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And finally – The headline isn't cycling-related, but it was a bike shop that came up with the perfect response to it

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Simon joined as news editor in 2009 and is now the site’s community editor, acting as a link between the team producing the content and our readers. A law and languages graduate, published translator and former retail analyst, he has reported on issues as diverse as cycling-related court cases, anti-doping investigations, the latest developments in the bike industry and the sport’s biggest races. Now back in London full-time after 15 years living in Oxford and Cambridge, he loves cycling along the Thames but misses having his former riding buddy, Elodie the miniature schnauzer, in the basket in front of him.

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