JoAnne Good has a go at cyclists on BBC London
6.11.08 by Buffalo Bill
Just got this email:
As an occasional reader of your fine online zine, I read your comments about what the Met Traffic Police are doing with relation to HGV/cyclist collisions. Good opinions well voiced. I thought I’d draw you attention to what I heard on BBC Radio London that same morning when they commendably chose to cover the event with an outside broadcast unit.
Sadly, one of the presenters, JoAnne Good, used this as a platform to have a go at all cyclists and tar them with the same brush. She continued on about it through the whole breakfast show, completely belittling the Met initiative. The show is now online at here – but I’ve transcribed out some of the main bits at the end of this email if you don’t want to go through listening to it. Timings are from the start of the show. Doesn’t really get across though the tone of what she was saying, and its frustrating (though I suppose not surprising) when someone in a position of influence, on a station listened to by lorry drivers and taxi drivers on the same roads we are on in London, puts across such negative views without any attempt at balance, and diluted the impact of the main thrust of the segment on the initiative by the Met/TFL at Southwark.
Perhaps I shoud shrug my shoulders and think ‘c’est la vie’ but is me on those London roads on my bike, so I’ve decided to complain to the BBC through their online complaints procedure.
All the best
01:38 This is about when I tuned in
JoAnne – They are [cyclists], sorry I’m not generalising, yes I am, foulmouthed and very angry but I’ve said that a million times I won’t go into it.
Paul Ross – Not all cyclists though. If you’re a cyclist, give us a call. This isn’t turning into an anti-cycling rant.
JoAnne – Well, it might do
01:47 The infamous lorry caller – take care around Wimbledon for this guy!!!
JoAnne – Lets go to a lorry driver. Graham’s called us from Wimbledon Morning Graham.
Caller – Good morning Jo
Paul – So have you ever had a collision with a cyclist?
Caller – Yes, I drive for a living. I drive [some type of lorry] and I’ve got mirrors everwhere. [….] I was driving along this straight road. I saw this cyclist in front of me, about 100yds, and I caught up with him at the roundabout. I started to proceed over the roundabout and nearly got completed when the cyclist just decided to turn right.
Paul Ross – So he was crossing in front of you then?
Caller – Yes
JoAnne – That’s like David and Goliath, what a ridiculous thing to do
Caller – Well I class him as a professional cyclist
JoAnne – Oh yeah, the helmet and the day glo and the little tap shoes
Caller – […] with wrap round sunglasses and I’m sure he had head phones on because he definitely didn’t know I was there. I knocked, I didn’t thank God knock him because if I did he wouldn’t be here today but I knocked his bike, he went flying and he actually enpierced (sic) himself on the handlebar. So he eventually came out of hospital. I can understand how lorry drivers are getting a bad name, but its not always their fault.
Paul Ross – And how long was he in hospital for?
Caller – About two, maybe three weeks
JoAnne – Well thank you very much for that Graham, let that be a lesson.
02:11 After a text message from a cyclist, asking JoAnne to highlight the positives of cycling and how bad cycling rarely kills whereas bad driving does on a daily basis:
JoAnne – What I hate about cyclists, and I’ve said this before and I’ll stop saying it soon, is that we are breeding a very bold generation of cyclists, they have so much freedom. We’re making them angry and bold and over confident. That is the danger. You know you should have humility when you are cycling
Updated: many months later the BBC got in touch to complain about this article. See this post.
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