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James Daley receives death threats
11.03.09 by Buffalo Bill

James Daley is the personal finance editor of the Independent newspaper, which is my newspaper of choice, principally because Robert Fisk writes for it. He also happens to write the cycling column, Cyclotherapy, which I have criticised a number of times for its incredibly blinkered approach. He has also been kind enough to attack pedi-cabs and sandwich delivery riders. At the end of 2007, I said that he had started ‘a pointless and baseless war with motor-cyclists’.

This quote was recently picked up by Motorcycle News in an article which highlighted JD’s public opposition to motorbikes in bike lanes. There has been considerable opposition, organised by both the CTC and LCC to this measure. I have said before that cyclists would do well to wait until there is some credible evidence that allowing motorcycles into bus lanes will either lead to an increase in injuries, or deter people from taking up cycling. As far as I have been able to discover, there is no such evidence. And the CTC have done cyclists no favours at all by quoting stats that later turned out to be nonsense.

The MCN article invited its readers to send their comments to James. Subsequently, James Daley has received death threats. MCN seems utterly unrepentant, and I can’t see any sign that they think that death threats are a completely inappropriate response to James Daley’s original column, which, after all, however badly written and conceived it was, was hardly calling for motorcyclists to be strung up, or pushed under a bus.

Both James Daley’s original column and MCN’s response seem to have been designed to create controversy over a measure which, whatever you think about it, is only a trial. But it would be nice to see MCN publicly disavow those motorcyclists who have threatened James Daley’s life.

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  1. I agree entirely, I’ve been very disappointed by the way LCC has campaigned against motorbikes in bike lanes.

    Motorcyclists are pretty low on the list of dangers facing you on the roads in London, motorcyclists are as exposed as cyclists and so tend to be far more aware of their surroundings.

    — Tom    11 March 2009, 09:51    #
  2. When you say ‘I agree entirely’, Tom, are you including the suggestion that MCN make it clear they think death threats are inappropriate?

    — BringMeMyFix    11 March 2009, 22:34    #
  3. Hey, Bill!
    Have a guess who my least favourite journalist is?

    — Count Basie    12 March 2009, 21:08    #
  4. Tintin?

    — Bill    12 March 2009, 22:20    #
  5. as a working courier and a motorcyclist, i see the bus lane trials as nothing but a good idea. From my experience the majority of motorcyclists are very wary of cyclists, probably more so when in bus lanes. I suppose time will tell though.

    — Rob    13 March 2009, 08:10    #
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